January 24, 1013
York Tech Student Thompson-Isley Energizes the Crowd at State House Rally in Support of Lottery-Funded Tuition Assistance
COLUMBIA—An enthusiastic group of students and staff from York Technical College joined hundreds of others from technical colleges throughout South Carolina at the State House on Tuesday to show their support and appreciation for the Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) program.
York Tech nursing student Teresa Thompson-Isley was the featured student speaker at the
annual event. Other speakers included Sen. Vincent Sheheen and Rep. Phil Owens. York Tech President Dr. Greg Rutherford and Commission Chairman Charles Robinson attended the event with the York Technical College students.
The rally included 336 students, representing a small fraction of the nearly 400,000 technical college students who have benefitted from LTA since its inception in 2002.
Thompson-Isley, a first-generation college student and divorced mother who recently relocated to Rock Hill, told those gathered at the foot of the State House steps about the important role LTA has played in helping her reach her goals.
“That award made my education and a new life a reality for me,” Thompson-Isley said. “It made the job of parenting easier—I don't have to work extreme hours to support my three kids. It made my dream attainable.”
Thompson-Isley then led the group in a cheer of support for Lottery Tuition Assistance.
The Lottery Tuition Assistance program was created by the General Assembly for public two-year institutions. Unlike merit-based lottery-funded aid, award amounts are not guaranteed from semester to semester, and fluctuate based on lottery collections and the demand.
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