Florence-Darlington and Northeastern Technical Colleges Announce Establishment of Endowed Scholarships from Latta Schools Superintendent

Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and Northeastern Technical College (NETC) recently announced the establishment of $30,000 endowed scholarships at each institution by Dr. John Kirby, superintendent of Dillon School District #3 (Latta).

The Dr. John Kirby Scholarships at FDTC and NETC will be awarded to Latta High School or adult Latta community members who attend these institutions to further their education. The awards can be used either to pay tuition or to help defray other costs associated with attending college such as books, transportation, etc.

Latta students will also be able to apply the scholarship toward payment of fees at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) located behind the FDTC main campus on Hwy. 52. The SiMT offers highly specialized technical training to customers throughout the Southeast.

Kirby said that he decided to establish these scholarship programs in an effort to give back to the Latta community that has supported him in his 22 years of service to its school district.

"In recent contract negotiations with the Latta School Board of Trustees, I offered to donate any salary increase to fund the establishment of these new scholarships," Kirby said. "The School Board voted generously to match my donation to increase the amount of the scholarships."

Kirby went on to say that having had the opportunity to choose to further his education had a direct, positive impact upon his career. "With these scholarships more individuals will have the chance to do the same."

"I am so pleased that these endowments will help to improve the educational opportunities for Latta High graduates and citizens entering the technical fields," said Latta School Board Chairperson Betty Jo Johnson. "Scholarships are very important to the Latta Community as evidenced by the number of awards established by Latta citizens and institutions."

"Dr. Kirby's generosity in funding these endowments is indicative of his vision and concern for the people of his community," said FDTC President Dr. Charles W. Gould. "We are very appreciative of his understanding of the value of technical education."

"We at Northeastern Technical College are very appreciative of Dr. Kirby's generous gift for our newly established ADN-RN program," said NETC President Dr. Jimmie Williamson. "We will admit our first students in August of 2007, and this gift will enable students who might otherwise be unable to cover the costs of attendance to meet their educational goals. Dr. Kirby has long been a supporter of NETC (serving on our Governing and Foundation Board), and this is tangible evidence of his commitment to the residents of Dillon, Marlboro and Chesterfield County."

Dr. John Kirby, Superintendent of Dillon School District #3, left, presents a check to Dr. Charles Gould, Florence-Darlington Technical College President, creating an endowed scholarship at FDTC for Latta area residents.