wolfe scholarship

Wanda and Charles Wolfe are shown with SCC Foundation Director Brett Woods (left) and SCC President Don Tomas (right).

Charles and Wanda Wolfe heeded the call for medical students by giving a gift of $18,000 for nursing students at Southwestern Community College to create the Charles and Wanda Wolfe Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“I was a registered nurse for 30 years before retiring, including several years at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva,” Wanda Wolfe said. “I experienced first-hand all that was involved in the profession and was able to personally see the difference that nurses can and do make in patients’ lives. We chose the nursing profession in part because of my career.”

Her husband, an SCC Foundation Board member, also had a personal reason for wanting to support those joining the nursing profession. Last year he stayed at Harris Regional Hospital for nine days due to a severe case of COVID-19.

“The scholarship is a way for the two of us to express our appreciation for the committed and professional care I received while I was being treated for this illness,” Charles Wolfe said. “I was greatly impressed by – and grateful for – the selflessness of the nurses who were there for me even at the risk of their own health.”

The Wolfes have been involved with SCC for several years. Charles Wolfe acted as the chair of the Student Success Scholarship Campaign, which created SCC’s first endowed scholarship valued at more than $1 million. He also serves as an active member of the SCC Foundation Board of Directors and their “Boots, Blue Jeans, and Bling” Gala Committee.

Additionally, both have annually provided financial support to SCC’s New Century Scholars program since its inception.

“Charles and Wanda have been close friends and generous supporters of SCC and our students for a very long time,” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “They are passionate, engaged and very committed to helping young people improve their lives through education.”

New endowments like the Wolfes’ scholarship are a big reason why the SCC Foundation set all-time records by awarding support of more than $250,000 to 142 students in the current academic year.

For more information about the SCC Foundation, contact Woods at b_woods@southwesterncc.edu or 339-4241.