CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston businesswoman and philanthropist Carolyn Hunter received the 2014 Benefactor of the Year Award from the Council for Resource Development, a group that supports development professionals working on behalf of America's community colleges.
The award honors organizations, businesses, and individuals for outstanding support of community colleges.
Hunter was credited for using her education to build a successful career in business and franchise ownership. Hunter owns three McDonald's restaurants in the lowcountry.
Hunter's support of Trident Tech has been ongoing and generous. She joined the college's Foundation Board in 2006. Four years later, she established the Rachel Hunter Thompson Scholarship Fund in honor of her mother. The fund awards five $1000 scholarships each year. In 2011, Hunter made the single largest donation in the college's history when she gave $1 million to the TTC Foundation.
In remarks delivered at the awards banquet on November 8, 2014 in Washington, DC, TTC leaders shared their thanks and admiration for Hunter's devotion with members of the Council for Resource Development. They praised her for generously sharing her time and her leadership with the TTC community.
In 2015, Hunter will serve as Chair of the TTC Foundation.