TCC continues to attract support for scholarships

April 19, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. (April 18, 2017) — Three recent gifts to Tallahassee Community College continue a focus on scholarships for current and future students.


“This year, our fundraising goals are definitely emphasizing scholarships,” said Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation. “We know that scholarships make a tremendous difference in students’ lives, allowing them to stay in school, focus on their studies and reach their goals.”


Campus USA and TCC officialsCampus USA Credit Union donated $50,000 to support an endowed scholarship for students who live in a county with Campus USA Credit Union membership, which includes Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Gadsden, Jefferson, Lake, Leon, Madison, Marion, Sumter, Suwannee and Wakulla counties. The scholarship will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.


The gift was presented by Campus USA’s CEO, Jerry Benton. Two members of the credit union’s board of directors, Ruby Puckett and Keith Birkett, also attended, along with general counsel Gabe Hamlett and marketing officer Tarin Acaron.


“CAMPUS USA Credit Union is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Benton. “I’m confident that an investment in education at the local community college is among one of the best investments we can make in our community.” 


Two other gifts focus on scholarships and programs for students at TCC’s Wakulla Environmental Institute in Crawfordville. In both cases, the donors are Wakulla County natives.


David and Rhonda Harvey with TCC officialsIn recognition of a gift of $25,000 from David and Rhonda Harvey, a classroom at WEI has been named the David and Rhonda Harvey Classroom.


David Harvey, who was the sheriff of Wakulla County for 35 years, is excited about the institute being located in Wakulla County.


“I like the concept of Wakulla County becoming a mecca for education and activities focused on the outdoors. I also want to support the oyster industry. We hope other folks will think about supporting the institute too. It has so much potential for our county.”


Rhonda Harvey is a TCC graduate, so the gift is also a way of supporting her alma mater.


The family of William and Irene Payne made a donation in their honor to support scholarships and programs at WEI as well. William Payne is a former Wakulla County school superintendent, and Irene Payne is a former teacher at Shadeville Elementary School.


Payne family with TCC officialsTheir daughter, Susan Payne Turner, represented her brothers Mark Payne and Paul Payne and their families, who are establishing the William M. and Irene C. Payne Family Gift.

Turner, who serves on the TCC Foundation board of directors, said her family goes back generations in Wakulla County. She, along with her mother and brothers, are all TCC alumni.

“This is a way to give back because so many paved the way for us and others,” Turner said.

The William M. & Irene C. Payne Family Classroom will host students and community members at WEI for years to come.


For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or