Since the first two scholarships of $500 each were presented in 2001, the Southwest Technology Center Foundation has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarships to qualified adult students enrolled in full-time programs.
Recently, David Braddock, foundation president, and Dale Latham, SWTC superintendent, presented 16 scholarships, ranging from $250 to $750, totaling $7,500. Among the recipients were Derry Murphy, Ashley Jennings, Tara Pope, Julianne Martinez, and Sasha Lynn from the Aviation and Aerospace program; Olivia Wiggins from Business and Computer Technology; Shelby Broaddus and Kaylin Pierce from the Cosmetology program; Kevin Johnson from Construction Trades; Edith Mincey, Phyllis Galvan, Daphne Jones and Desiree Alonzo from the Practical Nursing program; and Robert Hitchcock from Metal Fabrication. Alexander Cook from the Aviation and Aerospace Technology program was awarded the Elks Club scholarship and Tressa Horn from the Practical Nursing program was awarded the Masonic Lodge scholarship.
According to a release from the school, the purpose of the foundation is to support students through the scholarship program. Many times the recipients have tuition expenses at a time when they can’t 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 industries are incurred before the student can work through a pay period. SWTC Foundation Board members support the students during difficult times and ensure success in their career field, according to a press release from the school.
Each summer SWTC Foundation hosts a golf tournament its only fundraiser, and for the past several years more than $15,000 has been raised at the event. All of the proceeds from the tournament are given back in the form of student scholarships.