Dillender Family Endowed Scholarship

The Dillender Family Endowed Scholarship was established in September 2017 by Sam and Holly Dillender to honor Sam’s father, who passed away on July 12, 2016 at the age of 85. Among the values that Dillender, Sr. held dear were his faith, his community, his family, and the importance of education. An endowed scholarship in his name will help many students in our community achieve their goal of a college degree.

After serving in the Korean War, Dillender earned a degree in accounting from the University of Georgia in 1955. He retired from Piedmont Airlines in 1989 and was an active member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem for 50 years. He volunteered with the local hospital for 23 years and also delivered food with Meals on Wheels.

Laurel Ridge Community College) is a special place for the Dillender family. Sam is a chemistry professor at the college, and both of his daughters are graduates of the College.

The scholarship award may be applied toward tuition, fees, and/or books and will be divided equally between two semesters. Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained in order for the recipient to receive the award for the second semester. To be eligible to receive the award for the spring semester, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the fall semester.
The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the Dillender Scholarship:

  • Must complete a scholarship application
  • Must reside in the College’s service region
  • Be enrolled as a full- or part-time student
  • Attend the Middletown Campus
  • Must demonstration of financial need
  • Must be enrolled in one of the following degree programs
    —Associate of Applied Sciences in Nursing
    —Associate of Science

Dillender Family Endowed Scholarship
Supplemental Questions
  1. If you could have dinner with any two people in the world (alive or dead), who would they be and why?