(Columbia, S.C.) Dozens of Midlands Technical College (MTC) scholarship recipients and scholarship donors met, where students thanked them personally for helping them attain their dreams of a college education.
“This is our opportunity to thank those individuals, businesses, and foundations that have generously contributed to Midlands Technical College,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “It’s very moving when you see students who rely on a scholarship personally thanking the people who make those scholarships possible.”
The MTC Foundation offers 45 unique scholarships for students. Many are named in honor of business and community leaders who have an interest in promoting education.
“I’m a veteran,” said Christopher Scott, the recipient of the Jules W. Lindau III Memorial Engineering Scholarship. “MTC is one of the largest education providers for veterans and the college make us feel at home. MTC also has a wide variety of programs that are veteran friendly for GI Bill benefits, and that allows me to continue my carer while going to school.”
Scott said receiving the Foundation scholarship helped him purchase the books, supplies, and software for the Computer Aided Design program that he could not afford otherwise.
The Lindau Scholarship was established in memory of Jules W. Lindau III for his role in helping found and nurture Midlands Technical College. Scott also received the Mot & Malcolm Little Scholarship, established by Greta Little and Joel Myerson in memory of Mot & Malcolm Little, who understood the value of education and professional training.
“Many student achievements at MTC would not be attainable without the generous support of alumni, business partners, and friends,” Rhames said. “Thanks to these donors, MTC continues to make a difference toward enhancing its students' educational experiences.”
One scholarship donor is Dr. Phil Morris, MTC’s Director of Counseling and Career Services, who gives to the African American Male Leadership Institute Scholarship.
“I give to the MTC Foundation because I want to have an impact on making lives better in my community,” Morris said. “I know personally some of the people who have been able to complete their education and improve their stations with help from Foundation scholarships and emergency assistance. Giving to the Foundation is the right thing to do.”
Nicole McCune received the Peggy Hall Small Scholarship. McCune had never attended college before coming to MTC, although a college education has always been a dream of hers. She encourages other MTC students to apply for the Foundation scholarships, saying students like her may be in a position one day to pay the assistance forward.
“If you’re in need of it, I suggest that you take the time to apply,” she said. “Receiving a scholarship helps us all. Once you get that scholarship, it gives you honor and pride. One day, you might be able to do the same thing for another student.”
The Peggy Hall Small Scholarship was created in 2017 by Charles Small in memory of his wife, Peggy Hall Small.
“The generosity of these members of the community makes it possible for many of our students to attend college,” said Rhames. “As an alumnus of MTC, this college changed my life. By contributing to MTC Foundation scholarships, anyone can help positively change the lives of so many of our students for years to come.”
To learn how you can contribute to one of the 45 MTC Foundation Scholarships, or set up a new scholarship, visit https://giving.midlandstech.edu/.
About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a non-profit, six-campus, two-year public college serving Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina. MTC enrolls approximately 15,000 credit students annually making it the fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and one of the largest providers of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. The Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, with approximately 15,000 students and provides training to hundreds of area businesses each year. midlandstech.edu.