This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sampson Community College’s presence in the community. Each month, The Sampson Independent is taking readers back in time to see SCC as it developed and how it made an impact in the community over the past half century.
This piece ran in the Sampson Independent on March 18, 1971.
Mayor and Mrs. Henry Crumpler of Roseboro have awarded a general scholarship to Sampson Technical Institute. Accepting a check from Crumpler, right, is Jefferson Strickland of Sampson Tech. The scholarship will be available to students enrolling in a full time curriculum program and the recipient will be selected on the basis of financial needs.
Since Strickland accepted the check from Crumpler in 1971, SCC has grown exponentially and so have the donations to help students. The SCC Foundation was created in 1986 and by the end of that year $4,200 had been donated or gifted. In the past few years, that number has grown to more than $100,000. In that time, 44 endowed scholarship funds have been established and more than 50 awards are given each year. The Foundation supports staff development, campus improvements and academic programs as well. While $2,700 was awarded for grants in 1987, almost $18,000 was funded this year.
“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, one of the key components in the growth and success of SCC is the great work of the Foundation,” said Dr. Paul Hutchins, president of Sampson Community College. “The Foundation’s fundraising efforts over the years has provided scholarships and program support that has promoted student success and completion. I am grateful for the continued financial support our community provides to the SCC Foundation. These partnerships are vital for the college to help students achieve their educational and career goals.”
Foundation Director Lisa Turlington has taken a direct approach to marketing via social media and online video and donations are expected to continue growth into the next 50 years as a result. If you would like to contribute to the future educational goals of students in the community, contact her at [email protected]
As Sampson Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, The Independent has agreed to share stories from the past provided by Dan Grubb,