Since the first two scholarships of $500 each were presented in 2001, the Southwest Technology Center Foundation has awarded over $112,000 in scholarships to deserving adult students enrolled in full time programs.
Recently, David Braddock, Foundation President, and Dale Latham, SWTC Superintendent, presented twelve scholarships totaling $6,500. Among the recipients were Megan Babbit, Holly Clark, Tanner Cole, Shawn Moriarity, Tanny Mungaven and Jessica Lauren Walser from the Aviation and Aerospace program; Alana Sterling from the Automotive Technology program; Tanya Gambill from the Cosmetology program; and Sarah Jones, Crystal Martinez, Jordan Perry and Christina Weathers from the Practical Nursing program.
The sole purpose of the Foundation is to support students through the scholarship program. Many times these students have tuition expenses as well as the added burden of not being able to hold a full-time job while attending school to prepare for the workforce. Upon completion of the program added expenses of becoming certified in their specific industry are incurred before the student can work through a pay period. It is very important to the SWTC Foundation Board to help these students during difficult times to ensure success in their career field.
Each summer a golf tournament is conducted as the SWTC foundation’s only fundraiser, and for the past several years over $10,000 have been raised at this event.