William B. “Bill” Dillard saw the need, gained the necessary political support and donated money, resources and material for constructing the first building at Southwestern Community College 55 years ago.
He signed loans for students so they could take the training offered, and served as a member of the college’s initial advisory panel and later as founding chairman and member of the Board of Trustees for a combined 20 years.
Though Dillard passed away 37 years ago, his legacy of helping Southwestern’s students remains alive through a scholarship that bears his name. Following his death in 1982, Catherine “Kitty” Dillard accepted her husband’s seat on SCC’s Board of Trustees and served until 1995.
Shortly after Kitty Dillard passed away in May of this year, her children presented a check to the SCC Foundation that transformed the “William B. Dillard Scholarship” into the “William B. and Catherine H. Dillard Endowed Scholarship.”
Awarded annually since 1982, the scholarship recently exceeded the $15,000 threshold for becoming endowed while simultaneously adding the name of Dillard’s wife to the title.
To learn more about endowed scholarships and other ways to support SCC students, contact Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation, at 339-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about SCC and the programs it offers, visit www.southwesterncc.edu, call 339-4000 or drop by SCC’s campus.