Tom Stanley Scholarship named at SCC

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Remembering family and friends by establishing donor-based scholarships through the Southeastern Community College Foundation is an amazing way to pay tribute to those we admire and love.  This was the sentiment of the Steve Smith family when they contributed seed money to the Tom Stanley Broadcasting & Production Technology Scholarship at SCC.  The scholarship was announced by Steve Smith, fund drive chairman, at the recent SCC Foundation Fund Drive Kickoff this past October.  Contributions earmarked for the scholarship have been received since that event.

“Tom Stanley owned and operated WTXY for 20 years.  He was a famed radio personality.  He was director of the Whiteville Downtown Development Commission at the time of his death. Tom was a mentor to many including my son Justin,” Smith said.  “Through this scholarship, Tom’s legacy will live on and the mentoring will continue.  I encourage others to contribute to this fund in Tom’s memory,” he concluded.

The scholarship is in its infancy at this point, but with gifts from family and friends the scholarship is expected to grow to endowed status.

Mary Alice Stanley, Tom’s widow, who recently donated Tom’s broadcasting equipment to the Broadcasting & Production Technology program, was honored by the announcement.  “It’s very humbling to me that so many loved and appreciated Tom.  It’s hard to realize that Tom touched so many.  I never thought that there would be such an outpouring of love and admiration for him.  I am excited that the Smith family and others have chosen a scholarship at SCC as a vehicle to carry on Tom’s name,” Stanley stated.

Contributions to the Tom Stanley Broadcasting & Production Technology Scholarship may be made by contacting Sue Hawks, Executive Dean of Institutional Advancement at 642-7141, ext. 320, or by mail to: SCC Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Whiteville, NC  28472.  Donations by MasterCard and Visa are also accepted.

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