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May 19, 2024

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Robert P. Holding Foundation increases scholarship fund at SCC

First Citizens Bank representatives on behalf of the Robert P. Holding Foundation recently presented a $20,000 check to the SCC Foundation for student scholarships. Pictured here are, from left: Neil Chapman, First Citizens Bank Senior Portfolio Strategist; Scott Connor, First Citizens Bank Senior Vice President; Darren Morton, Institutional Consultant for First Citizens Bank Institutional Wealth; and Brett Woods, Director of the SCC Foundation.

For the second straight year, the Robert P. Holding Foundation has made a significant investment in Southwestern Community College’s students.

The new $20,000 gift will be added to the First Citizens Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund that was established last year through the SCC Foundation.

The fund now has more than $50,000, which will be used to support SCC students for generations to come. The Robert P. Holding Foundation is named for the man who is considered instrumental in the founding and development of First Citizens Bank, which was established in 1898.

“First Citizens is a local community bank, and the Holding family truly understands that the lifeline of a thriving community is a community college,” said Darren Morton, an Institutional Consultant for First Citizens Bank Institutional Wealth in Charlotte. “For me personally, I travel here three or four times a year, and I can tell when somebody has attended Southwestern because they’ve been taught the right way – just by their manners and their professionalism. That’s why we feel good about supporting Southwestern.”

The First Citizens Bank Endowed Scholarship is available to any student attending SCC.

“We are grateful to everyone at the Robert P. Holding Foundation for supporting our students and our mission,” said Brett Woods SCC Foundation Director. “This generosity is going to change many lives in the years ahead, and that will have a positive impact on the communities we serve in Western North Carolina.”

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