Dear Mrs. Darby,
My name is Deljera (Dee Dee) McFarland, and I am 49 years
old. I am pursuing my associate degree in Management. I have been raising my grandchildren who are now 12 and 13 years old, and it has not been easy. I work for Interim Healthcare, and I take pride in caring for the sick. One day I decided to attend college after so many years, and I was up for the challenge. I
am going to open my own business and continue my passion.
Thanks to you, I am able to go much farther in my education. If you had not helped me, I really don’t know how I would be able to pay for college. It has been very difficult lately, trying to pay bills and take care of my grandchildren. I’m grateful for the scholarship.
Dee Dee McFarland
“I was so impressed with Dee Dee’s letter. I also said I have to meet this woman, who is raising two grandchildren, working, and going to college full time. It’s overwhelming for me, too, to see her gratitude and to be able to help her. Her drive is just amazing,”
“I will work harder than ever for myself and for Mrs. Judy. I want her to be as proud of me as I am of myself. I’m going to school for both of us. I’ll carry this in my heart forever.”
saidMrs.Darb ,whowasmarriedtothelateSteveDarb ,past chair of Tri-County’s Foundation Board from 2004 - 2007.
Dee Dee plans to open a home health business after graduation.
Foundation Scholarships FY 2013
Approximately 350 students received
$352,518 awarded to students
In FY 2013, donors gave $151,043 for
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“My letter came straight from the heart. I sat down to write it and the words and emotions flowed. Mrs. Judy has contributed to this scholarship from her heart. She thinks of others more than herself. She chose to help a financially struggling student, and I will be forever grateful,” said Dee Dee, who began her journey at Tri-County at the urging of Elder Bentley. “She said Tri-County is at your back door, and you need to take advantage of it. She didn’t give me a choice.”
“I was overwhelmed when I read that I was the rec pient of the Julia M. Darby Scholarsh p. I thought now I can see the l ght at the end of the tunnel. I can complete my college degree.”
~Dee Dee McFarland
Mrs. Darby and her late husband, Steve, have given benevolently to the educational programs at the College since 1994. The couple first endowed a scholarship in honor of Mrs. Darby’s uncle, Claude Moore of Pendleton, who had served as head of the Automotive Mechanics Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1970. In November of 2001, they made a major gift to the Foundation to support former English instructor Ron Rash’s writing. In addition, they contributed to the Don C. Garrison Instructional Excellence Endowment in 2002 and to the Linda Craven Elliott Endowment in 2005. In June of 2006, Mr. Darby established the Julia M. Darby Endowed Scholarship in honor of his beloved wife.
“I am so thankful. She has given me a better life,” said Dee Dee. “Now I don’t have to struggle, and she made it possible. I truly believe God put us together. Maybe one day I can do what Mrs. Judy does, and I can pay it forward,” she said.
Shortly after his death in January of 2007, contributions began pouring in to honor Mr. Darby through the establishment of the E. Steve Darby Memorial Scholarship.
“It’s wonderful to see someone get an education. Steve had a soft spot for Tri-County—he just couldn’t do enough,” said Mrs. Darby. ‘Steve was often quoted as saying, ‘The only way to truly give a gift is to do so without strings attached.’”