SCC Foundation Announces the Wardlaw Endowed Emergency Fund

Spartanburg, SC - The Spartanburg Community College Foundation is excited to announce the establishment of a new endowed fund in memory of longtime education advocates, Putsy and John Wardlaw.

The founder and chairman of The Adult Learning Center, a non-profit organization serving high school dropouts, Wardlaw and his wife were instrumental in providing resources and opportunities for individuals to earn an education. They were dedicated to making the Spartanburg community a better place by supporting the Spartanburg County Foundation, the Episcopal Church of the Advent and many other organizations.

The purpose of this new fund is to provide emergency financial assistance to SCC students for situations such as loss of transportation, illness or loss of a job, allowing them to stay enrolled in classes and continue their educational journey.

"My parents loved Spartanburg and believed, without a doubt, that education was the key to everything. I've heard both of them say many times that a good education will produce successful people and every community needs productive and successful citizens. They, certainly, would not have wanted a temporary setback to disrupt someone's educational dreams," shared daughter, Saunders Wardlaw McCollum.

"There are times when Spartanburg Community College students find themselves in difficult situations while attending college, needing financial support outside of loans or scholarships to stay in school," said SCC Foundation Executive Director Bea Walters Smith. "We are very thankful to the Wardlaw family for this significant gift and appreciate their generosity."

Eligibility requirements for the Putsy and John Wardlaw Endowed Emergency Fund are:
Must be experiencing a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, natural disaster or other unexpected critical event.
Must be currently enrolled at SCC in at least 6 hours and have successfully completed 6 credit hours.
Must have applied for all available aid and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Must complete and submit an Emergency Fund Application along with documentation of the emergency.
Applicants can complete an online form at

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