Sam and Carolyn Wiggins have established an endowment for the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship at Haywood Community College. Sam was an executive at Dayco Corporation. In addition, he served as director of the College’s Regional High Technology Center for over 10 years beginning in 1986 before the center opened. Sam also served on the HCC board of trustees and the HCC Foundation board of directors.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Tuscola High School within the last five years of application. Preference will be given to full-time students. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will be used to cover tuition and fees at HCC.

From early in the College’s history, Sam was instrumental in raising funds for the College. Working closely with then President Joseph Nanney and the board of trustees, Wiggins helped plan the Regional High Technology Center.

“HCC’s Regional High Technology Center was the first of its kind in North Carolina,” Sam explains. “It was known as a training center. There were few like it in the United States. We had some excellent startup people at the center.” 

As director of the center, Sam set the firm foundation for the vision and role the Regional High Technology Center played in the community and region. This vision is still carried out today.

Before becoming director of the center, Sam served on the College’s board of trustees. He moved to Ohio as part of his job for Dayco but upon his return, he served additional time on both the College’s board of trustees and the Foundation board of directors. In addition, Sam served on the North Carolina Community College System’s board.

When Sam and Carolyn found themselves in a position to give back to the community, starting the endowment at HCC made perfect sense. Through this choice, the Wiggins’ will be able to help students for years to come.

“I think community colleges are a great place for students, whether they decide to come for a firm foundation for a career or want to transfer to a four-year school,” Carolyn Wiggins explains. “I just want to help people go through college. This is why I wanted to start this endowment.”

As for Sam, he wanted to support what he believes is a great benefit for Haywood County. “I wanted to start this fund because of what HCC has done for the community. People have dedicated their lives to this place. And I have a real love for this school.”

For more information on the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship or how to support the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544, visit haywood.edu or email pahardin@haywood.edu.

Donated photo. Sam and Carolyn Wiggins (pictured left to right) have established an endowment for the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship at Haywood Community College. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Tuscola High School within the last five years of application.