One scholarship donor and two scholarship recipients were recognized Thursday evening at Aiken Technical College at the 2023 Scholarship Reception.
Johnny Hill graduated from Aiken Tech this year, and is the creator of the Johnny Hill Computer Technology Scholarship. Hill first attended the college in 2009, but left school due to financial struggles. He was later able to return and earn his associate degree in applied science. He is currently a students at USC Aiken.
“I wanted to create a scholarship that gave opportunity to those who struggle like me,” Hill said. “It is my way of giving back to the community and future computer technology students.”
This scholarship is available to computer technology students from Aiken and Edgefield counties with a GPA of at least 2.5. This year, it was awarded to Jonathan Jackson of North Augusta.
Ziyi Guan is a recipient of the Aiken County Community Association Scholarship. Guan, who came to America from China when she was 18, is in her second year at Aiken Tech. She plans to attend Clemson University as a biology major, and hopes to eventually apply for medical school.
“Being a student here really changed my life,” she said. “I will never forget the people, the warm community and Southern hospitality I have encountered here in South Carolina at Aiken Technical College.”
Jodi Fogg is a recipient of the ATC Presidential Scholarship. Fogg graduated from the school five years ago as a surgical technologist and is returning to continue her education in health science. Her ultimate goal is to become a nurse.
“I’m so thankful and I can never say thank you enough,” she said. “I’ll never forget this experience and everybody who made this possible and I promise forever, for the rest of my life, to do for other people.”
Aiken Tech President Forest Mahan noted that these students represent “the best of Aiken Technical College’s alumni and students.”
At the event, a raffle fundraiser was held by the ATC Foundation – an organization that provides scholarships and financial assistance to the school’s students. All ticket proceeds will go toward funding student scholarships.
“Our sole function and purpose is to support the college,” said ATC Foundation Director Dr. Beth LaClair. ”That’s why we all do what we do, it’s to support students in their journey to find their career.”