Haywood Community College recently received over $900,000 from John Marvin West through a bequest from his estate. The Canton native died January 4, 2017. He retired with over 40 years of service with Estes Express Trucking Company and various other trucking companies. 

Education and helping those less fortunate were very important causes to both West and his late sister Grace Cooper. Before her death, West established a scholarship in her honor at HCC. The funds donated by West will be restricted to Haywood County students per his wishes.

According to special caregiver and family friend Leslie Smith, “Both Grace and JM were precious people. They wanted to help those who wanted to continue their education and make a positive change in their lives.”

For more information on HCC’s Foundation or how to make a donation, please email pahradin@haywood.edu or call 828-627-4544.