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David Wakefield and Courtney White

Press Release                                                                                                                                                   
October 24, 2023

David Wakefield Named TCTC Foundation’s 2023 Philanthropic of the Year

PENDLETON --- David Wakefield of Anderson was named the 2023 recipient of the Tri-County Technical College Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year award.  This award is the Foundation’s highest and most prestigious honor reserved for individuals, foundations, companies, trusts, organizations or other entities that have made a significant financial contribution, either cash or non-cash, to the Foundation to support the work of the College.

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” said Wakefield. “My association with TCTC has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”  

Wakefield’s association with the TCTC Foundation dates back to May 13, 1998, when he joined the Board.  He served as chair of the Board from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2012.  He also served as a member of the finance committee and the investment subcommittee for the majority of the time he served on the board. 

Wakefield, now an honorary trustee of the TCTC Foundation board, has been a generous donor to TCTC for 19 years giving a total of $135,191.  He and his wife, Sally, made their first gift in 2004 to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of their son, Hill M. Seigler.  After Sally’s passing in 2017, Wakefield honored his late wife and her love of teaching by establishing the Sally M. Wakefield Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  “Scholarships can change people’s lives.  I have a collection of letters from individuals who over the years have benefitted from TCTC scholarships.  The depth of their appreciation is moving.  Those letters encourage me to continue to support TCTC.  Scholarships can make the difference between someone being able to attend college or not,” said Wakefield.

Courtney White, executive director of the TCTC Foundation, said, “David Wakefield exemplifies the definition of philanthropy. Not only has he supported the Foundation and the College through his financial support, but he has also provided invaluable knowledge and input at Foundation Board meetings. We are forever grateful to David for his generosity.”

About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit tctc.edu