Southern Crescent Technical College

Spalding County Pickleball Association Makes SCTC Foundation Scholarship Donation

Sheila Phelps, Spalding County Pickleball Association (SCPA) Secretary, SCPA President Peter Phelps, Barbara Jo Cook, Southern Crescent Technical College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and Kimberly Register, SCTC Nursing Department Chair. Back row includes Rheba Conner, SCPA Board Member and WellStar Spalding Regional Registered Nurse plus Lindsay Lancaster, SCPA Vice President.

Spalding County Pickleball Association recently made a donation of $500.00 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc. The funds will be used to benefit the scholarship for the Practical Nursing program at the College. The Foundation will award one $500 Spalding County Pickleball Practical Nursing Tuition Scholarships in the spring for the Summer Semester 2019.

“We are so grateful for the mutually beneficial partnership between the College and the Spalding County Pickleball Association,” SCPA President Peter Phelps said. “We are so pleased and blessed to be in a position where we can contribute, once again, to the greater good of this community. The PN Scholarship is such a worthy cause, helping people secure marketable skills through educational opportunities to improve their quality of life. It is exciting to be part of an effort such as this.

“When we were fresh out-of-the box, SCTC student nurses were there for us, providing much needed and much appreciated services to the Spalding County Pickleball Association and its pickleball programs, more specifically, at those tournaments that generate real sports tourism and genuine economic impact,” he said.

Under the direction of SCTC Nursing Department Chair Kimberly Register, nurses from the College have assisted the SCPA Pickleball tournaments by volunteering in the first-aid tent. “We are always encouraged when our nursing students can assist in our community,” she said. “It helps our students gain leadership and contact hours while making contacts and volunteering as well. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The Spalding County Pickleball Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting and growing pickleball for the betterment of our community through active lifestyle, health & well-being, exercise and fitness, sports tourism, and economic impact. SCPA hosted eight tournaments in 2018. The cumulative economic impact at the end of 2018 was almost $1.2 million for Griffin-Spalding County. SCPA tournaments attract thousands of visitors, including players, their companions, and spectators, each year, in addition to local/area patrons that visit the Pickleball Complex regularly.

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation promotes the cause of higher education at Southern Crescent Technical College by acquiring and administering cash, grants, and other funds and properties principally from industries, businesses, individuals, corporations, other organizations, associations or foundations, as well as from faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the College. In addition, the Foundation assists students by providing scholarships and provides assistance to the College for the support and development of the College in its educational, cultural, social, civic, and professional endeavors and development. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation is a non-profit corporation established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is governed by a local board of trustees who represent positive leadership and community influence throughout the College’s eight-county service area of Spalding, Butts, Fayette, Lamar, Pike, Jasper, Henry, and Upson counties.

Some scholarships account for financial aid assistance while others are established for students who do not qualify or have capped their financial aid allocations. Students have expressed that they would not have been able to pursue their education without the assistance from the SCTC Foundation scholarships. Numerous possibilities exist at SCTC for donors interested in contributing to student support through naming opportunities, bequests, scholarships and in-kind donations. Donors are advised to consult the potential benefits with their tax advisor before making a gift. For more information, contact the College’s office of Institutional Advancement at 770-229-3417 or email