At Haywood Community College, the community, faculty, and staff continuously work together to help students overcome obstacles so that nothing stands in the way of achieving their academic dreams. Recently, the college foundation received a challenge gift where an anonymous donor pledged to match up to $5,000 to fund student emergency needs at HCC.

HCC Foundation Board of Directors member Ted Lappas made the leading gift and the college campus and community came together to match the challenge.

Community donor Ken Flynt says, "I am delighted to support this critical need for Haywood Community College. I was greatly challenged by finances throughout my early life, and especially so trying to achieve an advanced education. I sincerely hope my contribution makes a difference in HCC students' ability to further their education and realize better career opportunities."

“For many HCC students, needs that may be considered basic such as gas, food, transportation, rent and childcare are barriers to obtaining a diploma, certificate, or degree and can dash a dream,” explains HCC Director of Institutional Advancement Pam Hardin. “Sometimes it comes down to a choice for students between providing food for their children or using the money to buy gas to get to campus.”  

Known as The Lavender Fund, this scholarship was established to assist HCC students with emergency funding to overcome a one-time only hurdle. The emergency funding is not paid directly to the student. Typical funding needs that students face when requesting emergency funding assistance includes transportation needs such as auto repairs, heating needs, rent, food, or childcare.

According to Hardin, “Achieving the goal of raising the funds to match this gift is an example of everyone pulling together to put our students first. It is an illustration of how important it is for HCC to help students achieve their goals.”

For more information about the HCC Foundation or to make a donation, please call 627-4544.