Mitchell Community College President Dr. Tim Brewer said the $5,000 from the Iredell Marine Corps League Iredell Detachment will make a difference to two students.

The scholarship is presented in honor of Dale Wilson, a member of the detachment, and will be presented to two Marines or dependents of Marines to further their education at MCC.

Wilson also is an alumni of MCC.

The scholarship, along with another recognition, was presented Thursday at an event at the Statesville Civic Center.

Marine Corps League commandant Dick Camery said the projects throughout the year raise money for the scholarship.

Brewer expressed his appreciation for the donation. “This helps tremendously,” he said.

Another major project of the Marine Corps League is the Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots collects items to be distributed to children in need in the area served by each detachment.

Last year, Camery said, Toys for Tots in Iredell distributed toys and gifts to 4,000 children in Iredell County.

He said the barrels to collect items for Toys for Tots will be in various businesses and other sites for the next few weeks and encouraged people to donate.

Camery said Toys for Tots, which is coordinated by Vivian Meletis, would not be possible without the work of the women who support the detachment. One of those, Sheila Passmore, was recognized for her efforts.

“I’ve seen her in the warehouse at 3 in the morning sorting out donations to make sure these kids have a Christmas,” he said.

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