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The Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Foundation was established in 1977 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization totally separate from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. The purpose of the foundation is to further the educational aims of the college and its students and employees. It is governed by a board of directors.

The foundation raises financial support in the community to assist the college through capital campaigns, annual fund drives and special events. The last capital campaign funded building construction, renovations and furnishings.

Annual fund donations provide scholarships to assist students with tuition, books and supplies. Annual gifts also support professional development for faculty and staff, alumni functions, mini grants, and other special projects initiated by faculty and staff. Endowed scholarships enable a number of students to complete their degrees. Money is also raised ​through memorials and honorarium gifts.
 

"I can wholeheartedly say that I would not be where I am now - a student at Clemson University - without the assistance of financial aid. During my two years at OCtech, even though I was working two jobs, I would not have been able to make it by without the extra help from the Pell Grant and the Foundation Scholarships."

AARON SUTTON, Associate in Arts transfer student to Clemson University


Foundation special events include a spring gardening brunch in May and An Evening of Fine Wines and Foods in the fall.

Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible and may be received as gifts of cash, real or personal property, securities, bequests, or by naming the foundation as beneficiary of insurance policies or trusts. Gifts may be designated or unrestricted and given one time or continuing over time. 

For more information, contact Faith McCurry at 803.535.1230.

Support the Foundation

Your contribution to the foundation is greatly appreciated and goes to support projects that further the mission of the college. These projects include:

  • Scholarships and books
  • Professional development
  • Mini grants
  • Flu shots

Contributions can be made directly online or by contacting the OCtech Foundation Office at 803.535.1230.

Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship applications are available in the Financial Aid Office and online via D2L.

Belk Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Business students. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher to keep the scholarship.


Book Scholarships  |  Awarded in the fall, spring and summer terms. Good for one semester only, and any balance will not be carried over to the next semester. Award can be used for required books and required supplies. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.


BP Electronic Instrumentation Technology Scholarship  |  Scholarship will be used to assist individuals to further their education and training at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in pursuit of a career in Electronics Instrumentation majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology, Specialization in Electronic Instrumentation. Award can be used for tuition, books and/or required supplies. Preference is given to students from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to be considered. 


Arnold and Carolyn Bates Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Patient Care Technician students.


A.L. “Red” Brewington Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Nursing students who have a C+ to B grade average.


Dr. Rocco D. Cassone Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Associate Degree Nursing students.


Ellen Chaplin Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Orangeburg County students.


Steve Dalton Memorial Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Industrial Technology students. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books and/or required supplies.


Emerson Process Management Scholarship  |  Preference is given to needy, worthy students enrolled in an Industrial Technology program to further their education and training for no longer than one year. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books and/or required supplies.


Joseph K. Fairey II Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to needy, worthy second-year students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program and residing in Orangeburg or Calhoun counties. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books and/or required supplies.


Federal-Mogul Friction Products Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Electronics Instrumentation Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology and Industrial Electronics Technology students.


Finish Line Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall, spring and summer terms. Eligible applicants are OCtech students who have completed 50 percent or more of the credit hours toward their degrees and have earned a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher.


Fishing for Friends Physical Therapist Assistant Scholarship  |  Awarded to an incoming Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) student to assist with the cost of the program. Student will receive scholarship assistance for the summer, fall and spring terms. Award amount will vary by semester and be based on the estimated program expenses. Scholarship can be used for books, tuition, program supplies and other costs associated with attending college. A GPA of 2.50 or higher is required. Applicants must reside in Orangeburg, Calhoun or Bamberg counties.


Robert Wayne Gibson Memorial Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester. Eligible applicants are high school seniors who are active members of any Bamberg County fire department, children of Bamberg County firefighters, or Bamberg County firefighters or their spouses who plan to further their education full-time at OCtech. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books and/or required supplies.


Harold Green Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to Engineering Graphics Technology, Automotive Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology and Electronic Instrumentation Technology students.


Kristy Hutto EMT Scholarship  |  Awarded to first-time students enrolled in the EMT program and given at the conclusion of the EMT classes to the top three students in each class. Scholarship can be used to pay fees for the EMT National Registry exam and required background check.


Dean B. Livingston Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to South Carolina students.


Lowe’s Scholarship  |  Scholarship is for tuition only. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a 6- to 12-hour program of study at a targeted community college, and majoring in Business, Industrial Technology or Agriculture. Students must have completed at least one semester with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Current Lowe’s employees who are enrolled at OCtech are eligible. Applicants who are currently employed with another major retailer are not eligible.


Joseph J. Miller Scholarship  |  Up to three scholarships are available to students who reside in Elloree or communities within a 12-mile radius of Elloree, including Santee, Cameron and Vance. Scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or required supplies.


OCtech Employee Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year.


Sudhir and Hema Patel Hospitality Scholarship  |  Awarded for one academic year. Special consideration is given to candidates with a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to Business students. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books and/or supplies.


D.L. Scurry Scholarship  |  Awarded to outstanding students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and have a demonstrated financial need.


South Carolina Bank & Trust Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to students from low- to moderate-income families in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties.


Super-Sod – Willie Aiken Scholarship  |  Awarded for one academic year to needy, worthy individuals. Preference is given to minority candidates, with the first option to a child of a Super-Sod employee. Scholarship can be used for tuition and/or required books.


Tri-County Electric Scholarship  |  Awarded to a full-time student pursuing a degree or diploma. Applicants or their parents/guardians must be a member of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. Special consideration is given to candidates with a demonstrated financial need.


John O. Wesner, Jr. Endowed Scholarship  |  Awarded in the fall semester for one academic year. Preference is given to needy, worthy Business students. Scholarship can be used for tuition and/or books.

Foundation Events

An Evening of Fine Wine and Foods 
Join the OCtech Foundation for An Evening of Fine Wines and Foods. It’s an opportunity for guests to enjoy food, taste wine and socialize with friends, all to help the Foundation provide scholarships to deserving students who dream of attending college but simply cannot afford it. Funds raised also assist with strengthening academic programs. We are grateful to all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers for making this event possible. Click here for more information about this year's event, which will be held Monday, October 1.

Home and Garden Symposium/Annual Spring Brunch 
This event has it all! The Home and Garden Symposium is held in May and boasts delicious food, a silent auction, a flower show and wonderful guest speakers. This event is always a great way to kick off spring and enjoy a few hours of socializing while raising funds for the OCtech Foundation. 

2018 Board of Directors

L. Dawes Edwards, Chairman
Donna Matthews, Vice- Chairman
Faith S. McCurry, Executive Director
John F. Ansley
Jean Andrews
Herbert W. Bradley, Jr.
Martha R. Burleson
Karen Crenshaw
Amy C. Delaney
Gary W. Dietrich
John P. Evans
Joseph K. Fairey, IV
Dwight W. Frierson
Catherine F. Hay
Bob H. Horton
Catherine C. Hughes
Jimmy Jones
Linda McGannon
Linda F. Ott
Kevin Ray
Robert F. Sabalis
Jacqueline S. Shaw
J. Howard Shirer, Jr.
Craig Smith
Randolph D. Smoak, Jr. (Emeritus)
Walter A. Tobin
Susan Dukes Webber
Ginny W. Williams
Kathryn J. Williamson
Christopher Worley