Endowed scholarship established in McKay’s honor
An endowed scholarship has been established in honor of retiring South Piedmont Community College President John McKay.
With $26,755 already contributed and more coming in, the scholarship was revealed to a surprised McKay during a reception in his honor Monday at the Jesse Helms Center.
“I was speechless,” McKay said. “It was a total surprise, both the scholarship and the amount. I’m really appreciative of the individuals and businesses who donated to it.
“One of my goals has been to help increase our scholarship amount, because we know our students need more help,” McKay said. “This just fits in with that. It’s nice that they decided this was the way to remember me, because I have a strong feeling that we need more scholarships to help our residents come to school.”
“We knew that he was going to be pleased with it,” said school Foundation Executive Director Hayne White, noting that keeping it a secret from McKay was the hardest part. “We’ve had a scholarship endowment campaign going on for some time. We knew it was near and dear to his heart.”
McKay also received a framed resolution honoring him from the school’s Board of Trustees, a plaque from Anson County Early College, a shield from the Monroe Police Department, season tickets to the Broadway Lights Series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center from the college and several other gifts.
McKay has been school president for eight years. His last day will be June 30.
Red Cross needs blood
Union County’s supply of type O negative blood has fallen to critically low levels, according to the Red Cross. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
“The American Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to help recruit type O negative blood donations to help meet the needs of patients in our community,” said Joyce Brendel, CEO of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Region.
While all blood types are needed during the summer months, the Red Cross urges those eligible donors with O negative blood type to make and keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the blood supply.
A shortage of type O negative blood often occurs during the summer months when fewer donors are giving because of summer vacations and schools approaching summer break are hosting fewer drives.
The Red Cross estimates that every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
Eligible blood donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.