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Greenville Tech Foundation honors top supporters

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Three Greenville Tech Foundation supporters - Jim Benson, Stewart Spinks and Melvin Younts - were recognized recently for funding programs that benefit more than 3,000 students annually and for contributing more than $4 million to the foundation.

“Without donors who are committed to the success of the college and our students, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the highly trained employees that allow companies to locate in the Upstate and to prosper,” said Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, in a news release. “We are grateful for partners who ensure we can transform students’ lives and help our community thrive through world-class, affordable education.”

The three were recognized during the foundation’s 2017 Workforce Development Salute.

Jim Benson is the owner of Benson Automotive Group. He has given more than $3 million to equip and expand the Greenville Tech Benson Campus in Greer, which serves more than 2,500 students each year, according to the release. Benson was inducted into the Entrepreneurs’ Forum in 2010 and is an Emeritus Member of the Greenville Tech Foundation Board.

Stewart Spinks is the chairman of the board and founder of Spinx Co. He is a former board member of the Greenville Tech Foundation and was inducted into the Greenville Tech Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Forum in 2001. He created two endowed scholarship funds in 2010 and recently gave a Falcon 10 jet airplane to the Greenville Tech aviation maintenance technology program, providing opportunities for hands-on education, the release said.

Melvin Younts has made gifts of his time and funds to the Greenville Tech Foundation as a member of the Empowering Tomorrow Campaign Committee. He and his wife Dollie have donated more than $1 million to Greenville Tech to benefit the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) campus. CMI serves about 200 students in credit-bearing programs each semester along with additional students pursuing continuing education opportunities and is expected to grow substantially, according to the release. 

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