A Message from the Director

Welcome to the Aiken Technical College Foundation!

The year 2019 marked a milestone for me, as I celebrated my 20th anniversary with the Aiken Technical College Foundation.

A lot has changed on the ATC campus since I came on board in July 1999.

We constructed four new buildings. The Dale Phelon Information Technology Center opened in 2000, the CSRA Manufacturing and Technology Training Center in 2001, the Health and Science Building in 2003, and the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing in 2015. The ATC Foundation raised funds to bring each of these buildings to life. The “Changing Lives, Building Futures” campaign raised $2.8 million for campus ventures, including the Health and Science Building, and the “Putting Knowledge to Work” campaign raised $2 million for the CEAM Building.

In the 1998-1999 academic year, 84 students received scholarships totaling $56,000. For 2019-2020, that number has grown to 244 students receiving $137,577.80 in scholarships. The ATC Foundation established 15 new scholarship endowment funds and more than 45 new scholarships over that time period.

The ATC Foundation began the Scholarship Benefactor and Recipient Breakfast to bring scholarship recipients and scholarship donors together. We will host our 20th annual breakfast in 2020. It’s always a joy to hear from students about how Foundation scholarships helped them achieve their goals; it sometimes brings tears as well.

Thirteen special events raised funds for student scholarships. We hosted 10 years of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? which earned $137,972 for scholarships, while our first three years of The Giving Gala have garnered $58,266 for scholarships. The third annual Giving Gala, our Speakeasy Soiree held in October 2019, netted more than $24,600.

The first Family Giving Campaign, a month-long campaign that allows faculty and staff to support ATC programs and scholarships, was held in 1999. The ATC Foundation has raised $274,121 in 20 years of Family Giving. In 2017 and 2018, we reached 100 percent participation from faculty and staff.

We established the P.A.G.E. Program (Providing Academic Gateways for Education) to help students who cannot afford to purchase textbooks. Through P.A.G.E., textbooks are placed on reserve in the ATC Library for use by students. A silent auction held each year during Family Giving raises money to support this effort.

I wrote many grants over the past 20 years, receiving funding from Bank of America, Campbell Soup Foundation, Fluor Foundation, Gregg-Graniteville Foundation, Hospital Auxiliary of Aiken County, Mended Hearts – Aiken Chapter 294, Rotary Club of Aiken, Sam’s Club and Wells Fargo Bank, among others. Grant funds were used for scholarships, program equipment and buildings on campus.

A recent accomplishment that is near and dear to my heart is the opening of a Blessing Box on campus. I’m thrilled that we are able to offer help to students, faculty, staff and members of the community who are in need of food and personal items. I have filled and refilled the box many times since it was dedicated in August 2019, and I am grateful to see it meeting needs. Faculty, staff and students have donated items, and the ATC Foundation Board of Trustees and the Rotary Club of Aiken provided funding to start the project. The U.S. Marine Raiders of Camp Lejeune, N.C., built the box for ATC after conducting training on campus.

The past 20 years have been eventful. I’m so happy to have played a part in all of these exciting ventures. I know the future holds even more great things for ATC and the ATC Foundation.


Fostering workforce success by building partnerships with businesses and the community to provide financial support to our students and our College.


Building partnerships and investments for sustainability.


  1. Connect with the community to raise awareness of the College.
  2. Generate and provide resources to meet the needs of students and the College.
  3. Become recognized as a philanthropic leader in maximizing donor investments.

Key Accomplishment Areas

The Aiken Technical College Foundation’s activities and support include, but are not limited to the following key accomplishment areas:

  • Scholarships
  • Professional Development
  • Facilities
  • Educational Equipment & Materials
  • Program Development & Expansion

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