From left: Erik Christensen, dean, Applied Sciences and Technologies; Jamie Bateman, executive director, Institutional Advancement; student Joseph Hines; and Jerry Donna, director, Financial Aid

Joseph Hines, a student in South Florida State College’s Automotive Service Technology program, recently received a $500 scholarship made possible by the VW Club of Highlands County through a donation to the SFSC Foundation.

In early 2016, after 15 years of retail and management experience, Hines decided to re-enter college to provide a better future for his family.  He plans to enter the automotive industry with a “can do” attitude, no matter where he begins his career and hopes to become a lead technician or even enter management if the opportunity becomes available. 

“Years from now, I will be able to show my children that hard work, determination, and perseverance will always build you up and make you a better person,” Hines said. “I plan to teach my family what I have learned and show them the importance of continuing higher education after graduation. They don’t need to go through the struggles I endured after originally leaving college after only a few classes over a decade and a half ago.”

“We are so grateful to the VW Club of Highlands County for its generous donation to our Automotive Service Technology program at SFSC,” said Jamie Bateman, executive director, SFSC Institutional Advancement, who oversees the SFSC Foundation. “We have so many amazing students like Joseph. When an organization like this donates toward a student’s education, it makes a huge impact in their life. We’re proud of Joseph and know that with his drive and determination, he will be successful in this industry.”

The SFSC Foundation, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation that encourages individuals and organizations to make gifts and grants to SFSC. Each year, the SFSC Foundation transfers gift and investment income to SFSC to support campus priorities, such as scholarships, building projects, and the initiatives of specific programs. To donate to the SFSC Foundation, call 863-453-3133.