WSCC Future Foundation luncheon raises more than $300K for scholarships

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A record number attended the Wallace State Future Foundation's Student Investment Luncheon and Auction Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, and helped raise more than $300,000 for scholarships. (contributed)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Future Foundation held its annual Student Investment Luncheon and Auction Thursday, raising more than $300,000 toward providing a better future for Wallace State Community College students thanks to the record number of supporters in attendance.  

“It’s not easy being a college student,” said Future Foundation President Bill St. John. “It takes commitment, time, a lot of hard work and money. There are lots of hurdles that must be cleared. There are many who have the drive and are willing to put in the work who might not quite be able to afford the time away from a job or maybe just the money to buy gas. That’s where the Future Foundation comes in. We try to help as many of those committed students as possible.  

“Over the last decade the Foundation has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to over 3,000 deserving students,” St. John added. “This year alone we awarded over $410,000 to a record number 249 students.”  

St. John said he is proud to serve on the Foundation board and be a supporter of the college like the nearly 600 seated in Traditions Bank Arena at Tom Drake Coliseum.   

“Y’all keep coming back and keep supporting the students, keep showing up and buying auction items,” he said. “I don’t think you’re here for the lunch. I know you’re not here for the speech. You know that the graduates of this institution are the lifeblood of our community. You know that they are the energy that drives us all forward. Thank you for being here again and thank you for bringing your wallet. Give yourself a big pat on the back and when you go in almost any business in this county, look around and know that you’ve helped someone who matters to be there.”   

Before announcing the total amount of money raised through sponsorships, donations and the live and silent auctions, WSCC Vice President for Advancement and Innovation Suzanne Harbin named around three dozen new scholarships established in the last 12 months. Of those, more than 30 are endowed at $25,000 or more. The new scholarships include:  

  • The Adams’ Physical Therapy Assistant  
  • Alabama Trucking Association Foundation   
  • Arley Women’s Club   
  • Berta Mae McGriff Endowed Scholarship  
  • City of Good Hope   
  • City of Oneonta   
  • Cullman Women’s League   
  • Cullman County Auburn Club   
  • Cullman Rotary Club  
  • Dr. Tomesa Smith   
  • Edgar and Imalene Ballew   
  • Fontaine Road to Success   
  • Goldin Family Nursing   
  • Howard P. and Retha Tinney   
  • The Hometown Bank of Alabama   
  • Jackie Moore Memorial   
  • Jane Barber Memorial   
  • Dr. Jenny Folsom Faculty Professional Development  
  • Dr. James Davis Family   
  • Drinkard Development  
  • Ryan Hayes Memorial Scholarship  
  • John and Elizabeth Hunt   
  • Joseph and Elva Cucunato Memorial   
  • Kellie D. Caples Memorial   
  • McKenna Grace Sharpton Memorial   
  • Patrick Drake Memorial Men’s Golf   
  • Pepper and Jim Hoover Nursing  
  • Randolph Ryan Memorial   
  • Richard Burkett Memorial   
  • Schulte Building Solutions/Inland Buildings   
  • Shirley Quattlebaum State Farm   
  • Traditions Bank   
  • Urgent Care Center   
  • Yutaka   
  • Fellowship of the Trade Federation   
  • Sophia Nicole Zeigler Memorial and the  
  • Student Investment Luncheon 2021 Paddle Raise Scholarship  

The Wallace State Future Foundation is the steward of more than 150 separate scholarships, which help students in various ways, from providing money for gas and food, and textbooks, to full scholarships covering tuition and fees.   

The Future Foundation distributes most of its scholarships annually for each academic year. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be taken starting in January and ending in early March. Students must have applied for and been accepted to Wallace State and have a WSCC email address to apply for Future Foundation scholarships.  

For more information about the Future Foundation, see a list of scholarships or donate, visit www.wsccfuturefoundation.org or call 256-352-7808.