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The Spartanburg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Lillie Bell Atchison Memorial Scholarship for Nursing at Spartanburg Community College. The scholarship was created to honor the memory and nursing career of Lillie Bell Atchison, a Spartanburg nurse who was married to Mr. Charles E. Atchison, Sr., president and owner of Atchison Transportation.
Ms. Atchison was born and raised in Spartanburg; the youngest of three daughters. She was the dedicated wife of Mr. Charles E. Atchison, Sr., mother to two sons (Butch and Maurice) and grandmother to Charlita, Trey and Tyler. Ms. Atchison received her medical training from The Gaffney LPN Program, and her professional career was dedicated to nursing at Spartanburg General Hospital (now Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System) and the Spartanburg County Health Department.
Ms. Atchison enjoyed being a nurse and continued her profession long after retirement caring for family and close friends. She had a very compassionate nature loving people. She also had a passion for education and never stopped learning.
In memory of his loving bride, Mr. Atchison established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to a non- traditional student completing an associate’s degree in nursing. Victor “Mark” Bray, second semester nursing student has been selected as the first recipient of the Atchison Memorial Scholarship. Mark is a non-traditional student from Spartanburg seeking a career in nursing. He currently works part-time at CVS in Chesnee as a pharmacy technician and attends SCC full time. This award will make a huge impact on the cost of tuition, books and fees.
Memorial gifts in honor of Lillie Bell Atchison designated to this scholarship can be made via a check made payable to the SCC Foundation, mailed to SCC Foundation P.O. Box 4386, Spartanburg, SC 29305. Gifts are tax deductible and accepted on-line at www.sccsc.edu/foundation. Supporting scholarships are a wonderful way to directly empower the life of a student.