Former College President Makes Substantial Donation to SRTC Foundation

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Pictured (Left to Right): Dr. Craig Wentworth, SRTC President; Dr. Freida Hill-Harrell, Former Southwest Georgia Technical College President; Mr. Bill Harrell; Mr. Tommy Hill, SRTC Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman; and Mrs. Amy Maison, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Marketing.

The Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Foundation recently received a generous donation from Dr. Hill-Harrell and Mr. Harrell. On Friday, March 24, 2017, Dr. Freida Hill-Harrell and Mr. Bill Harrell, presented a check for $20,000 to the SRTC Foundation, Inc. to support student scholarships at SRTC.

“We are honored and so thankful for the generosity of Dr. Freida Hill-Harrell, and her husband, Bill. Not only are we appreciative of the donation to our SRTC Foundation towards student scholarships, but we are also so pleased to continue to have the support of and connection to former presidents of our college. Gifts, such as this one, are so important in helping our students afford all the expenses of attending college,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of Southern Regional Technical College.

Dr. Hill-Harrell, long-time supporter of the SRTC Foundation and former Southwest Georgia Technical College President, along with her husband Mr. Bill Harrell, retired State Farm Agent made the largest individual contribution in the foundation’s history.

“Before I took the job at SWGTC (now SRTC), I made a reconnaissance visit to scope the town. I vividly recall how friendly and helpful everyone was as I visited different places and walked the streets of downtown. The best years of my career were as president, and it was because of the faculty, staff and students. Establishing this scholarship is my way of giving back and to help students be successful,” commented Dr. Freida Hill-Harrell.

The Foundation will use these funds to support scholarships that reward students for their academic achievement. They will also provide financial support to students who need assistance with tuition, books, and other fees. By offering more scholarships for students, the Foundation and SRTC hope to improve the job skills, technical training, and educational level of the citizens of their community.

“My role was to support Dr. Hill, but I quickly started to love the college and community. I was especially impressed with the acceptance they both gave her. Student success was always her mission, and her vision was to grow the college in every way. Helping to fund this scholarship not only honors her many efforts but will also fulfill that goal of assisting students,” commented Mr. Harrell.

As one of SRTC’s loyal contributors, Dr. Hill-Harrell and Mr. Harrell is recognized on the College’s Donor Wall, which highlights the cumulative and annual donations of all supporters of the SRTC Foundation.

“We sincerely appreciate the Harrell’s for their commitment to technical education and for the unwavering support of SRTC’s students, faculty, and staff. The Harrell’s have not only made a generous financial commitment to our college but also to future SRTC students for years to come.” said Amy Maison, SRTC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Marketing.

Students wishing to apply or get more information about the scholarship program at SRTC should visit www.southernregional.edu/scholarships.

The Southern Regional Technical College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation who strives to promote the cause of higher education and expand educational opportunities to the citizens of Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth counties. The Foundation endeavors to create scholarships and endowments, assist in the financing of capital improvements and promote programs that provide the students of South Georgia with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

SRTC offers over 148 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205 – 3449.

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