New endowments total $85,000

By: Special to The Union Times

SPARTANBURG — The Spartanburg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce five new endowment agreements have been established at The Spartanburg County Foundation totaling $85,000. “This is an incredible time to be at the SCC Foundation. New scholarships are being established, endowments created

and we are making our donated dollars work to directly benefit SCC students,” shares Bea Walters Smith, executive director of the SCC Foundation and Advancement.

“We are pleased that the Spartanburg Community College Foundation has entrusted the Foundation with these funds,” states Troy Hanna, president and CEO of The Spartanburg County Foundation. “We value our meaningful partnerships with local educational institutions and are honored to assist in providing these fiduciary services and in meeting these critical needs for students in Spartanburg County and beyond.”

Two of the endowed agreements are scholarships — the Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship and the Caroline Ragsdale Reutter Memorial Scholarship for Culinary Arts. The Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship Fund was created in honor of Jimmy Painter for his distinguished 37-year teaching career at SCC and for service as the College’s first horticulture department chair. This scholarship allows students who live outside Spartanburg County pursuing a degree in horticulture to pay in-county tuition. On average, six and 10 students a year are awarded this scholarship. “This scholarship fund plays an important role in the success of our students and our program,” explains Jason Bagwell, horticulture department chair.

The Caroline Ragsdale Reutter Memorial Scholarship was just endowed thanks to the success of a recent fundraising event, a Cakewalk in Budapest, attended by the late Reutter’s family and many friends. This scholarship will provide financial support to a student pursuing a degree in culinary arts.

Both scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis to SCC students who meet set criteria.Scholarship applications are available online from the SCC Foundation January 1-June 30 for current and incoming students via the following link:

The three remaining endowed agreements are specialized funds that assist specific requests from students. This includes the SCC Arboretum Fund, the Sherry Vaughn Student Book Request Fund and the SCC Student Emergency Fund. The SCC Arboretum Fund was established with dollars generated from the horticulture department’s annual special events including the spring and fall plant sales and Arboretum Adventures. These funds will be used to assist in beautification projects on the SCC Central Campus. The Sherry Vaughn Student Book Fund and the SCC Student Emergency Fund reached the endowment level by dollars raised from the College’s annual Economic Visionaries event, which is held in March. Each of these funds provide support for current students who may need further assistance in addition to financial aid. On-line applications for these scholarships are available at and

Ron Jackson, vice president of SCC’s Student Affairs adds, “The availability of the Student Emergency Fund and the Sherry Vaughn Book Fund represent opportunities to help students minimize, and in some cases, overcome barriers that have discouraged or prevented them from achieving their academic goals in the past. We are excited and appreciate the work of the Foundation to make these opportunities available for our students.”

Registration for SCC summer and fall semester classes is going on now. Summer classes begin on June 18. Fall classes begin on August 20, September 25, October 15 and November 1. Individuals interested in registering for classes can apply online at or contact the admissions center at any SCC location for more assistance.

About The Spartanburg County Foundation

The Spartanburg County Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Spartanburg County residents by promoting philanthropy, encouraging community engagement and responding to community needs. Established in 1943, the Foundation is the oldest community foundation in South Carolina. It is governed by a volunteer board of respected community leaders and managed by professionals with knowledge of the community and its most pressing needs. For more information, visit

About The Spartanburg Community College Foundation

Since 1983, the Spartanburg Community College Foundation has provided assistance to SCC through scholarships, curriculum resources, equipment, facilities and grants that help students and faculty achieve educational excellence. The mission of the Foundation is to seek private and public resources to support the needs of students, faculty, and staff of Spartanburg Community College. For more information, visit

About Spartanburg Community College

SCC offers more than 70 academic program offerings including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend classes with multiple start dates and more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit
SCC Foundation endows five new funds

Special to The Union Times