Albemarle, NC – The Stanly Community College (SCC) Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Nancy Joines Endowed Scholarship by her husband, Don Joines.

Now in retirement, the couple wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. No stranger to SCC, Nancy spent several years teaching math as an adjunct at the college before being hired as a full-time instructor. Later she took the position as head of Developmental and Enrichment Studies. She retired in 2010. During those years she saw firsthand the financial burdens that some students faced. Today, she serves on both the SCC Board of Trustees and as a Trustee liaison to the SCC Foundation Board of Directors.

“Nancy would often come home talking about the struggles of her students and together, we’d find ways to help them when possible,” said Don. “It might have been with food or school supplies or money for rent, and sometimes it was connecting them to other community resources. So, creating a scholarship to keep that assistance going seemed like a great way to honor her since she has retired.”

Nancy herself went to college with the aid of scholarship funding. “That extra help really made a huge difference and made it easier for my mama and me to afford college tuition, books and living expenses,” said Nancy.

“We hope other retirees who are financially able consider donating to the SCC Foundation as well,” added Nancy. “Many people don’t know that there are tax benefits when donating money associated with retirement accounts. It’s a great way to help someone attend college and receive the education and training necessary to succeed in a career.”

The initial amount for the endowed scholarship is around $18,000 which was the 2021 Required Minimum Distribution from one of Don's Individual Retirement Accounts. Having that distribution sent directly to the SCC Foundation will lower the tax bill for the Joineses

The scholarship is for $1000 ($500/fall and $500/spring) for eligible students, and will be available on an ongoing basis starting the fall 2022 semester. Scholarship applications are now being accepted, and are located on the financial aid page at

Since 1971, Stanly Community College has provided educational and career training opportunities to thousands of people across the region. Today, SCC serves nearly 10,000 students annually and has become a beacon of hope and change for countless individuals. To ensure that the College can continue this tradition of serving as an educational resource, the Foundation strives to meet and address the current and anticipated needs of the College and our students.

To learn more about the SCC Foundation, please contact Jeania Martin at (704) 991-0370 or