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SCC Foundation’s gala nets more than $51,000 to support student scholarships

Thanks to a significant contribution from presenting sponsor Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the generosity of more than 180 attendees on July 25, the Southwestern Community College Foundation’s “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” gala yielded more than $51,000 that will be used to create the $1 million endowed Student Success fund.

Harrah’s presenting sponsorship allowed the SCC Foundation to put about 90 percent of funds raised directly into the Student Success Campaign – the most ambitious fundraising effort in college history.

“We are so grateful for the phenomenal support and hospitality of everyone at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “Everyone seemed to have a wonderful evening, and we’re thrilled to have been able to raise this much money to benefit our students.”

The gala served as an unofficial kickoff to Phase 2 of the Student Success Campaign, which aims to raise more than $1 million. SCC successfully completed Phase 1 by fully leveraging a federal matching grant in October.

That U.S. Department of Education challenge grant doubled the first $300,000 raised by the campaign, which now has more than $700,000 in the bank.

“We’re well on our way in the ‘March to a Million,’” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “I continue to be humbled by the generosity of people in our community who recognize the value of Southwestern and the way we serve Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary.”

For the upcoming (2015-16) academic year, 226 students applied for scholarships through the SCC Foundation. Enough resources were available to fund just 61 of those requests.

The Student Success Campaign is an effort to bridge that gap between need and availability. Interest from the money raised so far is being used to fund two scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.

“We want to do more, and we need help from the community to reach the million-dollar mark,” said Lynda Parlett, executive director of institutional development at SCC. “Our ultimate goal is to someday be able to offer a hand up to every one of our students who needs it.”

WCU’s Ken Flynt Endows Business Scholarship In Memory of His Son


 WCU_Ken FlyntKen Flynt, an associate dean in the College of Business at Western Carolina University, has endowed a scholarship in memory of his late son. The Chad M. Flynt Scholarship will benefit students majoring in sport management who carry a 3.2 grade point average and display leadership and engage in extracurricular activities in the College of Business and university at large. Rising junior Carly J. Sprouse of Waynesville was named the first recipient of the scholarship, which will award her $500 for the 2013-14 academic year. “I’m honored to receive it,” Sprouse said. Flynt graduated from WCU in 1971 with a business degree and went on to spend a long career in banking before returning to his alma mater as an employee. At the end of 2012, he began to think more about how he could support WCU and its students and arrived at the idea of endowing a scholarship. “I really appreciate the value of WCU and the College of Business in my life,” Flynt said. “I love this place, and I care very deeply about our students.” Flynt chose the College of Business sport management program because his son, who died 17 years ago while still a teenager, had been athletic – he ran and played golf – and Flynt could imagine him having gone into sport management as a career. Sprouse, team manager for Catamount women’s basketball, carries a 3.5 grade point average and is a member of the Honors College. She hopes for a career in collegiate women’s basketball.

 For more information about the Chad M. Flynt Scholarship or giving to WCU, contact Brett Woods, director of development, at bwoods@wcu.edu or 828-227-7124.