Jackson State News Archives

Mar 19, 2014

First Scholarship Banquet for JSCC Foundation

Christy Wright of the Dave Ramsey Speaker's Group

For the first time in its history, the Jackson State Community College Foundation is hosting a scholarship banquet to generate awareness for the organization. Dee Henderson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at JSCC, states, "Most students who go to and graduate from JSCC remain in West Tennessee.  They are productive members of our economy and contribute to its success. Jackson State has been a key to workforce development and continually provides employees to healthcare, business, and industry.”  When asked why individuals should contribute to the JSCC Foundation, Henderson replies, “An investment in Jackson State is an investment in our communities." 

Christy Wright of the Dave Ramsey Group will be the guest speaker at the Jackson State Scholarship Banquet.  This inaugural event, in partnership with FirstBank and other sponsors, will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 1, at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The Foundation is instrumental in providing funding assistance to students and the college.  Every year, state funding decreases and community colleges must make up the difference to meet financial needs. The JSCC Foundation is becoming more and more essential to the funding of the institution.

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of JSCC, states, “The Jackson State Foundation is vital to the students’ success and the success of the college. We have benefactors from the area who understand the importance of Jackson State’s role in the community.”  He added, “We are beginning a more public campaign with this event in hopes of educating the public about Jackson State and gaining their support.”

Jim Ayers, Chairman of FirstBank and JSCC Foundation Board Trustee

Education’s role is to provide people with more opportunities to succeed and improve the quality of life in our communities. This sentiment is echoed by Jim Ayers, Chairman of FirstBank and JSCC Foundation Board Trustee, stating, “As a West Tennessee native, I have a special fondness for the college and the impact it has throughout the region. I believe Dr. Blanding, the faculty, and the staff have done a tremendous job. Jackson State graduates have gone on to have successful careers and made their communities and the state of Tennessee a better place to live. I am proud to support the college in its efforts to create those opportunities.”

Anyone interested in a sponsorship, donations, or purchasing tickets to the JSCC Scholarship Banquet, please call JSCC at (731) 425-2625 or (731) 425-8825.