MECC Foundation Raises $100,000 to Support Scott County Students

Hiltons, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation recently raised an estimated $60,000 at a special event to assist Scott County students attending MECC.

With this year’s total, the Scott County Endowed Scholarship Committee has raised more than $100,000 in two years to support the Scott County Endowed Scholarship Fund. More than 70 percent of all students in Scott County that choose to attend college in Virginia, attend MECC. This scholarship will provide opportunities for those students to reach their educational and career goals while lessening the financial burden of families.

The Scott County Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser was held at Crooked River Farm in Hiltons, featuring renowned musicians Wayne Henderson and the late Helen White as well as the Jeff Little Trio. Catering was provided by North Fork Catering in Weber City. A silent auction was also held.

Major sponsors for the event included David & Annette Templeton, owners of Crooked River Farm, and Courtesy Chevrolet. Additional sponsors include Mark & Judy Musick, Humphreys Enterprises, Jack & Martha Rhoton, New Peoples Bank, R-Mac Realty, Eastman Credit Union, Powell Valley National Bank, Komatsu, Scott County Telephone Cooperative, the Town of Gate City, Cox Tractor, Athletics Unlimited, Dr. Bill Fuller, David Jackson & Associations, CPA, Egan Construction, Aldebaran Financial Services, Otis Rhoton & Food City. 

Silent auction items were provided by Nora Blankenbecler, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol Motor Speedway, CK Salon, Cattails at Meadowview, Made by Hands Flora. David J. Clapp – The Art of Photography, Lonesome Pine Country Club, Jennifer Fletcher Meade, Mendota Farms, Orchard Barn, The Meadows Restaurant, Paul Mitchell Systems, Roberts & Jones, Rush Street Grill, The Sessions Hotel and Mountain View Lodge.

For the second year, all funds raised were matched by a generous gift from the estate of Joyce Tallman. Ms. Tallman served as assistant to the president at the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta for more than 30 years of her 50 years with the organization. Following her death in 2018, her estate has provided more than $50,000 in funds to support Scott County students.

“We are incredibly grateful to the many supporters who made this event possible,” said Amy Greear, MECC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and MECC Foundation Executive Director. “The Scott County Endowed Scholarship will benefit Scott County students now and in the years to come. Our single purpose is to remove any financial barrier for a student to attend MECC. We want all students to be able to reach their career and educational goals in order to live and work in our region. We are closer to doing that now thanks to the generosity of this community.”

For more information on the Scott County Endowed Scholarship or to donate to this fund, call the MECC Foundation office at 276.523.7480 or visit