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Donor supports students’ needs beyond the classroom

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​​The Nash Community College Foundation has announced recent gifts from a longtime friend of the college, Steve Felton, of Rocky Mount.

Felton, a local entrepreneur, studied Business Administration at Nash Technical College from 1981 until 1983​.​

Steve Felton in 1982 when Nash Technical Institute became Nash Technical College

He quickly found his place, grew as a leader in the Phi Beta Lambda Business Organization and later was named Who’s Who in American Community and Junior Colleges. ​

Felton’s recent gifts support the enhancement of campus with the installation of a glider at a high-traffic location for students and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.

From left: NCC President Dr. Lew Hunnicutt, Steve Felton and NCC Vice President of Advancement Pam Ballew

Additionally, ​the donation of a freezer ​for the campus food pantry ​furthers his commitment to helping meet students’​ needs beyond the classroom. “I want to be a good steward because many students need assistance,” he said. “​I remember when I went to school, times were tight for me​.”​

From left: NCC President Lew Hunnicutt; Mathematics Department Chair and Professor Dina Pitt, Steve Felton; Associate Dean of Student Engagement Kara Deans; Admissions Officer Michael Stallings and Vice President of Advancement Pam Ballew

NCC’s food pantry​ opened in 2014 to address student food insecurities. ​Until recently, the pantry only provided non-perishable food items.

Felton also was instrumental in the establishment of the Blue Love Fund to assist students with needs beyond tuition and​ he continues to provide support and advocate for its efforts.

​In 2005, Felton joined the NCC Foundation Board of Directors and along with his family established the Steven D. Felton Business Scholarship Fund.​ ​Samantha Clagg of Bailey, an Associate in Science major, and Mya Langston, a Business Administration major, from Battleboro, are the 2021-2022 recipients.​ ​​

Steve Felton was the recipient of the NCC Outstanding Alumnus award in 2013 and ​currently ​serves on the NCC Foundation Board of Directors.