Southwestern Community College is now accepting nominations for the SCC Foundation’s third-annual Distinguished Alumni Award.

To be considered for the award, nominees must have graduated with either a certificate, diploma or degree from the institution known today as Southwestern Community College and previously as Southwestern Technical College (1979-1988), Southwestern Technical Institute (1967-1979) or Jackson County Industrial Education Center, a satellite of A-B Tech (1964-67).

“We are looking for candidates who are truly exceptional in their fields,” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “Our distinguished alumni recipient will receive this award at our graduation ceremony in May, and will serve as an inspiration of what new graduates can aspire to become.”

In addition to being recognized at graduation, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award will be recognized on SCC’s website, social media, and receive an award plaque along with $250 from the SCC Foundation.

The SCC Foundation partnered with the SCC Foundation Faculty and Staff Advisory Council to create the award.

Nominations for the award can be submitted in writing by someone other than a member of the potential candidate’s family.

The form for nominations can be found at Nominations will be accepted through March 15.

Upon completion, forms can be emailed to Kathy Posey, SCC’s Institutional Development Associate, at, along with any supporting information. Forms can also be sent in by mail to Southwestern Community College Foundation, 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779.

Nomination forms will remain on file for three years for future award consideration. After three years, nominations must be re-submitted.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Award, contact Posey at 339-4227.