It’s Giving Tuesday!
Please consider giving the gift of education to students at Robeson Community College.

All donations received will be matched up to $1000 by The Right of Way Group, LLC of Lumberton in honor and memory of Trooper Kevin Conner, who was killed in the line of duty three years ago.

Donations can be dropped off at the Foundation Office in Building 2, made online at or mailed to the RCC Foundation at 5160 Fayetteville Road, PO Box 1420, Lumberton, NC 28360.

And on Giving Tuesday Nov 30, Facebook, now Meta, will match $8 million in qualifying donations to charities and non-profits, allowing you to possibly triple your impact through your donation.

Robeson Community College

RCC Foundation



Your contribution to the general fund will allow the Foundation to allocate funds where they are needed the most, so that we may best support our students and Robeson Community College.

  • $700 covers one semester of books
  • $2,000 covers one semester of tuition, books, and fees
  • $4,000 covers an entire year of tuition, books, and fees
  • $10,000 establishes an endowed scholarship in perpetuity that will support students indefinitely

Your support will allow us to immediately assist with critical expenses for students who are facing an unforeseen emergency that has impacted their ability to continue their education.


Your gift (a minimum of $10,000, payable over 5 years) will create a permanently named and annually distributed scholarship, establishing a legacy that will exist in perpetuity.


Your donation will create a temporarily named scholarship that will remain active as long as you continue to contribute to the fund. All funds donated in a given year will be awarded to students in that same year.


Get in touch – we would love to hear from you! If you want to support our students, please call Jessica Bullard, Foundation Director, at910-272-3235 or Adam Hardin, Major Gifts, at910-272-3497 to discuss other ways to give.

Please consider a gift to the RCC Foundation to support our students, faculty, and staff today. You may give onlinehereor mail your contribution to RCC Foundation, 5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360.

Two students at Robeson Community College receive $5,000 scholarship from SECU
				                                Decarius McKeithan and Michaela Gayle Mickles show their scholarship certificates from the State Employees Credit Union, joined by members of the Robeson Community College Foundation, Financial Aid Offices and RCC Foundation, Zilma Lopes, Jessica Bullard, Deborah Kauba, and Adam Hardin.

Decarius McKeithan and Michaela Gayle Mickles show their scholarship certificates from the State Employees Credit Union, joined by members of the Robeson Community College Foundation and Financial Aid Offices , Zilma Lopes, Jessica Bullard, Deborah Kauba, and Adam Hardin.

Two students at Robeson Community College receive $5,000 scholarship from SECU | Robesonian 



Read the story by clicking here.

Amanda Meares, an associate of arts student
& Riley Scott, surgical technology student both presented with a $1500 scholarship check from

Darlena Moore, founder of The Gilbert Scholarship, for former foster children.

Testimony from Riley Scott

New Scholarships and Endowments


Bowen Family: Lonnie, Dorothy, Woody Memorial Endowment 

The gift has been bestowed to the college by Toni Bowen Sacry, and her husband Jeffrey Scott Sacry of Lumberton, in honor of her Father (Lonnie Norwood Bowen), Mother (Dorothy Pittman Bowen), and Brother (Lonnie Norwood Bowen II aka Woody).

“I am the last surviving member of my nuclear family,” said Toni Sacry. “After my father’s passing, being the last surviving member, I wanted to create an endowed scholarship in memory of my family, leaving a legacy at RCC in memory of my parents and brother.”

Toni’s brother, Woody, died in 1986 at the young age of 19 in a motorcycle accident. He had just joined the National Guard and came back from boot camp when the accident occurred. Her mother died ten years later in 1996 at the age of 55, and her father passed away in 2020 at the age of 81.

“My parents were big supporters of education,” said Toni. “My father helped to support my first cousins in attending college, so I wanted to continue their legacy of hard work and education. Education coupled with hard work is how you provide for yourself.”

 She added, “I think education is a path to financial stability, understanding, and compassion.”

Many may remember Toni from Robeson Community College. She worked at RCC for 17 years as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and also served as a faculty member in the psychology department from 2003 until she retired in 2021. Before that, Toni worked for 10 years for the Department of Corrections. Her husband Jeffrey was an electrician at Southeastern Health.

The scholarship will be available to support students in college transfer programs, health sciences, and basic law enforcement training. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

Earl and Marjorie Whitener Endowed Scholarship 

Mr. Ralph Whitener has established an endowment in honor of his parents, Earl and Marjorie Whitener. Mr. Whitener grew up in Lumberton and after a successful military career, he now lives in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The Whitener Endowment is designated for students majoring in nursing, whom demonstrate a financial need.


Ms. Kelsea Hammond of Bladenboro, NC has established a scholarship, the Charlie’s Pharm Tech Scholarship, to assist students interested in enrolling in our Pharmacy Tech program. Ms. Hammond teaches part-time for our Continuing Education Division.

The Gilbert Scholarship

Ms. Darlena Moore of Wilmington, NC provided (2) $1,500 scholarships to two RCC students whom had been placed in foster care. Ms. Moore’s scholarship, the Gilbert Scholarship, is named in honor of her foster parents, Dick and Mary Gilbert, whom taught her the importance of education. To learn more about Ms. Moore’s remarkable work and her non-profit, please visit


Established in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) corporation the Robeson Community College Foundation, Inc. receives, holds, invests, and disburses funds for the purpose of providing scholarships to students.


To provide educational opportunities through scholarships to students who might otherwise be unable to attend Robeson Community College.

The RCC Foundation provides two types of scholarship assistance to students.

  • Endowed: Funded with earnings from endowments.

  • Annual: Funded with annual gifts from donors.


The 2022 spring Scholarship application, supported by the Robeson Community College Foundation, is available!!!

Students can apply for scholarships using the online application (Award Spring) designed to manage scholarship applications and make the application and easier process. The application is available!

To apply, log into Award Spring using your Robeson Community College Student Username and password. You do not have to key in For example, my user name is jbullard. Please click the following link:


Deadline to apply is December 10, 2021.


***Students: Applications without a letter of recommendation are not considered. You can send a request for a recommendation letter to more than one individual. We do not recommend asking family or friends. Allow ample time for your references to complete and upload their letter of recommendation and follow up with them to ensure it is complete***

Faculty: Please complete the recommendation letters in a timely manner. You will receive an email from Award Spring with information similar to the information below:


From: Robeson Community College []



It is your responsibility to make sure that your recommendation letter is uploaded into the online application. Your application will not be considered for a scholarship if you do not have at least one letter of recommendation. Do not wait until the deadline to complete your scholarship application to allow ample time for your references to complete and upload their letter of recommendation.

Faculty & Staff

Please complete the recommendation letters in a timely manner.

A-Z List

BB&T Endowed Scholarship
BB&T Finance Professionals Endowed Scholarship
BB&T Golf Tournament Scholarship
Bill & Mayme Tubbs Presidential Endowed Scholarship
Bill & Sue Wester Endowed Scholarship
Bruce Williams Endowed Scholarship
Bullard Restaurant Group-Drew & Clif Bullard Endowed Scholarship
Business & Accounting Faculty Annual Scholarship
Cakes & Pastries of Lumberton Golf Tournament Scholarship
Campbell Soup Supply Company Golf Tournament Scholarship
Clyde & Charlotte Sessoms Endowed Scholarship
Charles V. Chrestman Spring RCCAEOP Annual Scholarship
Charlie’s Pharm Tech Scholarship
Commissioner Jerry Stephens, Sr. EMS Endowed Scholarship

Connie Ivey Annual Scholarship

Debbie Lowry Memorial Scholarship
Dr. & Mrs. A. J. Robinson Allied Health Endowed Scholarship
Dr. F.A. Berne/Lumberton Radiology Associates Annual Scholarship
Dr. J. Irvin & Anne Moss Biggs Endowed Scholarship
Dr. J. Irvin & Anne Moss Biggs Endowed Culinary Scholarship
Dr. J. Graham Pittman Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Mark O. Kinlaw Endowed Scholarship
Drs. Annette & Joseph Burke Endowed Scholarship
Dwight & Gail O. Gane/Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton Annual Scholarship
Earl & Joyce Antone Endowed Scholarship
Earl and Marjorie Whitener Endowed Scholarship
Edna Trinity Mazell Hunt Memorial Scholarship
Eliza & Fred G. Williams Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Eula Mae Harrell Endowed Scholarship
Evelyn M. Price Endowed Scholarship
Evelyn P. Warwick Endowed Scholarship
Florence G. Rogers Charitable Book Annual Scholarship
Florence G. Rogers Charitable Trust Annual Scholarship
Four Winds Heritage Group Golf Tournament Scholarship

Clifford Bullard Memorial Golf Tournament Scholarship
Crystal Edmonds Friends of the Arts Scholarship
Gail O. Gane Respiratory Therapy Endowed Scholarship
Gary N. Powers Endowed Scholarship
Golden LivingCenters-Lumberton Nursing Annual Scholarship
Henry A. & Martha B. McKinnon Endowed Scholarship
Henry M. & Helen W. Callis Endowed Book Fund
I. Murchison Biggs Family Endowed Scholarship
Inquirers’ Club Annual Scholarship

James and Eveland Kirkland Endowed Scholarship
James A. Comstock Annual Scholarship
James Turner BLET Annual Scholarship
James David McNair Minority Male Mentoring Achievement Program Annual Scholarship
James B. & Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Early Childhood Endowed Scholarship
Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. Memorial BLET Training Annual Scholarship
Jeremiah Hunter Jones Memorial Scholarship
John & Vista Robertson Endowed Scholarship
John Luther & Isabelle Gray McLean Endowed Scholarship
John Taylor McMillan Endowed Scholarship
Julian T. Pierce Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Karen Weinstein Endowed Scholarship

Kevin K. Conner Annual Scholarship
Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton/J. Luckey Welsh, Jr. Health Science Scholarship
Lanadika Cooper Endowed Scholarship
Lee Sessoms Endowed Scholarship
Lillie “Marcella” Rachels Endowed Scholarship
Linda B. Hammond Annual Scholarship
Lucy B. Simmons Endowed Scholarship
Lumbee Guaranty Bank Endowed Scholarship
Lumbee River Electric Membership Endowed Scholarship
Lumberton Lions Club Workforce Development Annual Scholarship
Lumberton Rotary Club Annual Scholarship
Lumberton Tourism Development Authority DBA Lumberton Visitors Bureau Annual Scholarship
M&M Annual Scholarship
Marilyn Suggs Humphrey Annual Scholarship
Marilyn Threewitts Endowed Scholarship
Millie Ann Wooten-Powers/Rosa P. McLellan-Thomas Endowed Scholarship
Minority Male Achievement Program Annual Scholarship
Mountaire Farms Golf Tournament Scholarship

Oscar (Rock) and Rachel Everitte Endowed Scholarhip
Pat “Tickie” McNeill Art Endowed Scholarship
Patricia M. Terrell Book ‘Em Scholarship

Piedmont Natural Gas Annual Technical Scholarship
Ray Garrett Deese Endowed Scholarship
Ray V. & Ann Revels Endowed Scholarship
Raymond & Shirley Pennington Endowed Scholarship
RCC Association of Educational Office Professionals Annual Scholarship
RCC Alumni Association Annual Scholarship
RCC Foundation Scholarships for High School Seniors
RCC National Technical Honor Society Annual Scholarship
Rendal & Mary Lynn Walters Endowed Scholarship
Robeson County Home Builders Association Endowed Scholarship
Robeson Technical Works Endowed Scholarship
Ronald “Ron” G. Turbeville Nursing Memorial Annual Scholarship
Sammy & Onita Cox Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Sarah M. Britt Endowed Scholarship
Smithfield Learners to Leaders Endowed Scholarship
St. Albans Masonic Lodge #114 Endowed Scholarship

The Betty and Michelle Radiography Scholarship
The Gilbert Scholarship
The Metzger Early Childhood Education Endowed Scholarship
Trinity Episcopal Church Women’s Allied Health Annual Scholarship
Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation’s Rosa Belle Williams Endowed Scholarship

United Way Pathway to Success Scholarship
Two Hawk Employment Services Annual Scholarship
Vickie Locklear Annual Scholarship
Vicky & Billy Hunt Annual Scholarship
William M. Espey Memorial Scholarship



Why are scholarships important?

They are important to donors because through these gifts those that we love and admire most in the world live on and continue to positively impact our community.

They are important to the recipients because they allow the fulfillment of dreams and the development of the local economy.

Read on for the story of a scholarship in the Turbeville family:

“Shortly after our brother was buried, I was sitting at my desk, numb with grief. I kept thinking that there had to be a way to make some sense of the loss, of a way for Ron’s name to live on in a positive fashion. Ron was a very loving person who spent much of his time caring for other people, not only at work but also in his private life. He was dedicated to the care of our elderly stepfather and mother, and gave selflessly of his time and energy during the last years of their lives.

The thought then occurred- what about a memorial nursing scholarship in his name? Ron’s name would go on in nursing through the education of others in the nursing field. It has also been a constructive way of dealing with the grief and loss because we know that Ron continues to help others through his scholarship. We all feel that with each donation Ron’s legacy continues. Friends and family continue to make donations to Ron’s scholarship for other people and in honor of birthdays and other holidays. I was touched at my last birthday when a friend told me that she and her husband had made a donation in honor of me. I don’t remember ever getting a gift that meant so much to me. I would encourage families who are dealing with loss to consider establishing an endowed scholarship. Our family now feels that we are part of the Robeson Community College family. And Ron would be so proud.”

Lynda F. Turbeville 11/29/2006


A former recipient of the Ronald G. Turbeville Memorial Nursing Scholarship writes, “I’m enclosing a check for $500 in Ron’s memory. I hope this money helps a future nurse- and I hope through this Ron continues to touch lives as he touched mine. I just want to help keep his memory alive.”

The Student Ambassador Program provides a select group of Robeson CC students to serve as representatives at institutional functions as well as recruitment, student, civic, and cultural activities. This program also provides the Ambassadors a leadership program to develop personal, organizational, and institutional leadership skills.

Students are given opportunities for personal growth and leadership development through participation in public relations events and campus activities and also receive a scholarship. If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please contact Jessica Bullard in the foundation office.

Click Here for 2021-2022 Ambassador Application

Role & Duties

Student Ambassadors are trained to provide assistance during peak registration periods, participate in visits to area high schools and college fairs to present the benefits of the community college experience, provide campus tours to visiting middle and high schools, assist during special events and college-sponsored activities (RCC Foundation Golf Tournament), as well as assist with the planning of the New Student Orientation Programs and/or other student events hosted or co-hosted by RCC or the RCC Foundation Office.

  • Attend monthly Ambassador meetings.
  • Assist with campus-wide tours with families or groups of students. Ambassadors will also speak with the prospective student(s) about the student life aspect of college, their college experiences and give them insight on how to take advantages of various student activities opportunities.
  • Maintain professional attire when acting in the ambassador capacity.
  • Leadership opportunities available to Student Ambassadors provide additional experience in community service, politics, social and cultural experiences, and develop relationships with administrators on all levels;
  • Training and actual experience provides opportunities to develop communication, interpersonal, organizational, public speaking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Community service experience develops a sense of belonging and contributing to the community, as well as providing opportunities for personal/professional satisfaction in the knowledge that efforts have improved the lives of others; and
  • Letters of recommendation will be made available upon request to Student Ambassadors, in appreciation for their service to the campus and the college.

If you are interested in establishing a Program Fund or Well Being Fund, please contact the Foundation office. 


These funds are tax-deductible but can’t benefit a donor or specific individuals. These funds will ONLY cover expenses within a department, club or organization that support the institution’s mission (according to U.S. Internal Revenue Services regulations).


  • HRD Fund
  • Nursing Faculty Fund
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Fund (Pait)
  • Nursing Assistant Fund (Smith)
  • ADN Student Fund
  • LPN Student Fund
  • MMAP Fund
  • Radiography Fund
  • Friends of the Arts Fund
  • Surgical Tech Fund
  • Camp SCRUBS Fund
  • Rose Garden Fund
  • BOOST Fund
  • Freeman EMS Fund
  • Respiratory Therapy Fund
  • Welding Fund
  • Food Pantry Fund
  • Southeastern Fire Rescue College Fund
  • Mary J. Peterkin C&CR Fund
  • Human Resource Development Fund
  • Honors Program Fund
  • Welding Program Fund
  • Friends of the Arts Fund
  • STEM Fund
  • BLET Criminal Justice Technology Fund
  • Kelsey Hammond Pharmacy Tech Program Fund

These funds will be used to cover expenses associated with day-to-day operations within a department, club, or organization. Contributions to these funds ARE NOT tax-deductible because the donor or specific individuals are receiving benefits (such as refreshments or awards) in return for the contribution (according to U.S. Internal Revenue Services regulations).

  • MMAP Well Being Fund
  • Syringe Bowl Fund
  • Nursing Well Being Fund
  • Radiography Well Being Fund
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Well Being Fund (Pait) 
  • Nursing Assistant Well Being Fund (Smith)

The budget required by the College is only partially met by state allocations, and RCC is increasingly challenged to meet the fiscal needs of its critically needed educational and workforce training programs. These budget requirements include: providing student aid and scholarship programs; exceptional instruction; student support services to include tutoring and library services, media center, learning and writing centers; outcome assessment tracking; career assessments and certifications; faculty and staff professional development; technologically advanced classrooms and laboratories; cultural advancement, and facility improvements. Private charitable contributions made to RCC through the Foundation will enable the College to continue meeting its objectives of providing a comprehensive community-based educational program to the citizens of Robeson County and the surrounding area.


There are several reasons for the development of a Foundation to assist the College. Because of state restrictions on how community colleges may receive and disburse gifts, fund-raising is difficult, if not impossible, for the College. As a separate supporting non-profit, the Foundation can receive gifts of cash and investments from gifts of stocks, bonds, and real estate, which the College itself is prohibited from doing. The Foundation is a means through which to actively engage community leaders in its operation. A strong Board of Directors composed of prominent and supportive citizens not only opens doors to needed dollars but can also help to inspire others with an appreciation for the goals and objectives of the College. The Foundation provides a way for the entire community, as well as the College’s alumni, students, and employees to ensure that prospective students have the opportunity to access an education or workforce training program leading to a career with a sustainable income.


The Foundation solicits and receives gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations or any other sources. Such gifts may be directed specifically or may be given without restrictions to be used as determined by the Board of Directors.


The direct management of the Foundation is maintained by its Board of Directors, composed of business and professional leaders from the community and representatives of the College’s administrative staff and Board of Trustees. RCC’s President, as well as members of the Robeson Community College Board of Trustees, serves as permanent Board members.


Even though the Foundation is a separate, legal entity, it serves as a vessel for broadening the support for the College through the involvement of community citizens. It provides financial support through scholarships for students, aid to student programs, faculty professional development, emergency aid programs and various other programs and outreach projects.

The RCC Foundation Board of Directors have a genuine interest in the college and are willing to assist in fulfilling the purposes and objectives of Robeson Community College Foundation. The direct management of the Foundation is maintained by its Board of Directors, composed of business and professional leaders from the community and representatives of the College’s administrative staff and Board of Trustees. RCC’s President, as well as members of the Robeson Community College Board of Trustees, serves as permanent Board members.




Johnny Robertson, Owner Johnny’s Fuel Service (


Bruce Mullis- Finance Director at Housing Authority City of Lumberton (

Eveland Wooten, Retired Educator (

Adrian Lowery, Deputy Director Lumberton Housing Authority (

Patrick McMurray, Registered Nurse/Nursing Faculty (

Photo of Bryan Britt

Bryan Britt, Cakes & Pastries of Lumberton (

Chris Lowery, Strategic & Performance Analytics Manager City of Fayetteville -City Manager’s Office (

Christopher Locklear Co-Owner of Liberty Realty Group in Red Springs, NC and property manager for RamLock Properties

Betsy Cummings, Personal Property Division Manager/Robeson County Tax Administration (

Not pictured: 

  • Jayne Huggins- Retired
  • Lucy Simmons- Retired


Contributions: Helps students buy books and pay for tuition • Provides resources for campus-wide events at RCC • Gives RCC more visibility as graduates give testimonies of their educational experiences through scholarships

Areas of Support

Unrestricted Funds: Funds that are not specifically designated to particular uses by the donor. 

Program Funds: These funds are tax-deductible but can’t benefit a donor or specific individuals. These funds will ONLY cover expenses within a department, club, or organization that support the institution’s mission (according to U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations).

Well Being Funds: These funds will be used to cover expenses associated with day-to-day operations within a department, club, or organization. Contributions to these funds ARE NOT tax deductible because the donor or specific individuals are receiving benefits in return for the contribution (according to U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations).

Endowed Scholarships: Scholarships that memorialize and honor loved ones and special friends while supporting students who could not otherwise attend Robeson. There are several designated endowed scholarships already established with the Foundation that may be of interest to you.

Annual Scholarships: Annual scholarships are named in honor of individuals, families, organizations, clubs, student organizations, and many other entities. There are several annual scholarships that may be of interest to you.


Lisa Hunt

Assistant Vice President, Grants and Foundation
Building 14
Phone: (910)-272-3501

Jessica Bullard

Director of Foundation
Building 2

Phone: 910-272-3235

Adam Hardin

Major Gifts
Building 2

Phone: 910-272-3497

Carol Cummings

Executive Assistant, Foundation | Building 2, 226A 
Phone: (910) 272-3236