SCC Foundation Awards Thornburg Scholarship

Article by: Cheri Anderson-Hucks | SCC

The Spartanburg Community College Foundation recently awarded the Brian Thornburg Memorial Scholarship to SCC welding student Samantha Wyatt of Spartanburg.
The scholarship, a one-time gift of $2,500, will assist Wyatt with 2019-2020 tuition costs, and was made possible thanks to memorial gifts donated by the family of Brian Patrick Thornburg. A graduate of SCC's welding program, Thornburg died on March 16, 2018 at the age of 34.
"Brian found direction and purpose when he received his training from SCC in welding and it opened the door to great opportunities for him," according to a statement from the Thornburg family. "Brian loved his job as a tube welder and our hope it that this gift will help someone else secure a stable future with education and training in welding."
Wyatt is a third-semester welding student at SCC and is working towards earning an Associate of Applied Science degree. "As someone who is paying for college out-of-pocket, this scholarship is especially meaningful to me and my family," explained Wyatt. "We are so sorry for Brian's loss, and so thankful to his family for this assistance."
The Brian Thornburg Memorial Scholarship is one of several academic scholarships administered through the SCC Foundation and the college Financial Aid Office. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, community activities, honors, awards and financial need. Criteria for the Thornburg Memorial Scholarship includes:
- Second year, welding student
- Minimum 2.5 grade point average
- Full time student taking nine or more hours per semester
- Spartanburg County resident in financial need

"We're extremely grateful to the family of Brian Thornburg for this generous and meaningful gift," said Bea Walters Smith, executive director of the SCC Foundation. "This special scholarship serves as a testament to Brian's love for his chosen career and his appreciation for the time he spent at Spartanburg Community College."
For more information on SCC Foundation scholarships, contact Bea Walters Smith at or (864) 592-4448.
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