Longtime donor leaves funds to HCC nursing scholarship

By Haywood Community College | Feb 07, 2017

CLYDE — Haywood Community College got a boost to the Rubye B. Bryson Scholarship with money earmarked by Bryson in her estate. Known to many in Haywood County for her contributions to the community, she passed away in 2015 at the age of 103, but continues to leave her mark in the area.

Bryson was a former board of trustees member at the college and spent her career in public health nursing. In 2003, she started the scholarship to help nursing students break down barriers to fulfill their career goals.

Bryson retired as director of public health nursing for Haywood County after 37 years of service. During her career, she helped initiate prenatal health in the area, as well as important mental health services.

She also played an important role in the construction of a new health department. Her model for preschool screening clinics became a model for programs in other areas.

"The donation to the scholarship fund is reflective of what Rubye’s always done, support healthcare that she was so endeared to," said Ron Leatherwood, close family friend. "She wanted to give back to the community by helping train nurses for our area. She wanted to ensure that Haywood County continues to have a great network of nurses."

In addition to leaving her mark in the healthcare field, Bryson served on the advisory council of the Salvation Army, the Haywood County Business and Professional Women's Club, and was a member of the board of directors for WNC Tomorrow.

From 1976-88, she served as the first woman commissioner for Haywood County.

"Rubye Bryson was a loyal, longtime donor who supported HCC for decades," said Pam Hardin, HCC Foundation director. "Without people like this, many of our students may find it impossible to attend college."

For more information about HCC’s Foundation or to contribute, call Pam Hardin at 627-4544 or email pahardin@haywood.edu.




Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to provide accessible and affordable high-quality education, workforce training and lifelong learning. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, productive greenhouses, a dahlia garden, an orchard garden, working vegetable gardens and a rhododendron garden.

The Haywood Community College Foundation works to aid, strengthen, and further the work and service of Haywood Community College.  It assists the College by securing necessary and timely financial support unavailable through its traditional funding sources.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization through which tax-deductible gifts may be made to benefit the College.