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June 21, 2011

Endowed scholarship established in McKay’s honor

WINGATE – An endowed scholarship has been established in honor of retiring South Piedmont Community College President John McKay. With $26,755 already contributed and more coming in, the scholarship was revealed to a surprised McKay during a reception in his honor Monday, June 20, at the Jesse Helms Center.

“I was speechless,” McKay said. “It was a total surprise, both the scholarship and the amount. I’m really appreciative of the individuals and businesses who donated to it.

“One of my goals has been to help increase our scholarship amount, because we know our students need more help,” McKay said. “This just fits in with that. It’s nice that they decided this was the way to remember me, because I have a strong feeling that we need more scholarships to help our residents come to school.”

“We knew that he was going to be pleased with it,” said SPCC Foundation Executive Director Hayne White, noting that keeping it a secret from McKay was the hardest part. “We’ve had a scholarship endowment campaign going on for some time. We knew it was near and dear to his heart.”

McKay also received a framed resolution honoring him from the SPCC Board of Trustees, a plaque from Anson County Early College, a shield from the Monroe Police Department, season tickets to the Broadway Lights Series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center from the college and several other gifts.

McKay has been SPCC’s president for eight years. His last day will be June 30.

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Media inquiries -- Rosemary Britt, 704-272-5342, rbritt@spcc.edu