On January 26th, 2016 Southern Regional Technical College, the Thomasville Community, and the entire state of Georgia, lost a truly gifted leader and friend. For more than 12 years Bob “Hutch” Hutchison selflessly gave his time and resources to the SRTC Foundation serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for more than nine years. Hutch also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Technical College Foundation Association and was recognized as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia.
“He believed in our mission. He knew that if we are going to continue to be the number one state in the country to do business, that technical education was a necessity,” commented Amy Maison, SRTC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Public Relations.
The first Bob “Hutch” Hutchison Memorial Scholarship recipient was announced earlier this week in memory of the late Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Foundation Chairman and Boys and Girls Club Board Member. The recipient of the $500.00 scholarship was Tommy Williams, who is the youngest of seven children and a senior at Thomasville High School. Tommy plans to attend SRTC upon graduating from high school with the intention of pursuing an education in construction so he can carry on his father’s construction business, which his father has been forced to step away from after recently suffering a stroke.
“We are honored to award the first Hutch Memorial Scholarship to an incredible student here in Thomas County on the one year anniversary of Hutch’s passing. We know that SRTC and the Marguerite Neil Williams Boys and Girls Club held a very special place in Hutch’s heart. This annual award will continue to benefit Boys and Girls Club seniors planning to attend SRTC for many years to come,” remarked Amy Maison, Vice President of Instituational Advancement, Marketing, and Public Relations at SRTC.
“It is a tremendous honor for the Bob “Hutch” Hutchison Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior from the Club each year. Our friend Hutch was a long-time member of the Board of Directors and we are so grateful be part of honoring his legacy,” commented Art Allen, Chief Professional Officer, Marguerite Neil Williams Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to the award designated for Boys and Girls Club students, the Bob “Hutch” Hutchison Memorial Scholarship will also provide an annual sponsorship for one local young professional to participate in Leadership Thomasville, offered through the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Thomasville was designed to identify, develop and educate a diverse group of leaders to ensure economic success for the Thomasville-Thomas County Community and was a program that was held in high regard and regularly championed by Mr. Hutchinson.
“Given that Hutch was such a tremendous leader in Thomas County and all across the state, it is only fitting that his scholarship support the growth of this community’s current and future leaders,” commented Maison.
For more information on the Bob “Hutch” Hutchison Memorial Scholarship or how to donate, please visit our website at www.southernregional.edu/donate or contact the Institutional Advancement Office at (229) 227-2415.
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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