The employees of Jackson Paper Manufacturing of Sylva recently surprised company owner Timothy Campbell and wife Emily by announcing an initial gift of $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Western Carolina University in their honor.
The Timothy and Emily Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide support to a WCU student demonstrating financial need who is from Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain counties, with preference given to children of employees of Jackson Paper Manufacturing and its subsidiaries.
Preference for scholarships also will be given to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who have declared a major within the College of Business or students pursing an engineering- related degree within the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.
Tammy Francis, vice president of finance for Jackson Paper, said that employees of the company have been looking for an appropriate way to honor the contributions of the Campbells, who have owned the company for 20 years.
“They are very, very generous to all the employees at Jackson Paper, which helps the local economy. The Campbells are always doing things for the community,” Francis said. “Tim and Emily are two amazing people who are always looking for ways to help others.”
Over the years, the Campbells have made significant donations to United Christian Ministries and the Community Table, adopted families in need by providing clothing and food, adopted residents of nursing homes by providing them Christmas gifts, awarded scholarships to two children of company employees each year, and donated to the American Cancer Society, Hawthorne Heights children’s home and many other charitable causes, she said.
The gift from the employees of Jackson Paper is the latest in a series of new endowed scholarships created at WCU since the installation of Chancellor David O. Belcher in March 2012. During his installation address, Belcher identified raising funds for endowed scholarships as the top philanthropic priority for WCU.
For more information about supporting or creating a scholarship, contact the WCU Office of Development at 828-227-7124 or visit the website give.wcu.edu.