New scholarship honors donor’s wife


The Patricia Knott Horner Scholarship was established to provide educational opportunities and financial support to Piedmont Community College students who have come to the college from a homeschool background.

A Person County native, mother, and grandmother, Patricia Horner has dedicated much of her life to education. She provided a homeschool environment for her own children, one of whom has continued the tradition for another generation.

This endowment was created in her honor by her husband, William (Billy) Horner, who has been an active contributor to the PCC Foundation and served as a member of the board of directors for many years.

To create the new endowment, Billy took advantage of reaching a notable milestone when it comes to giving opportunities – he turned 70 and a half, the age when the IRS requires that individuals take a required minimum distribution from tax deferred accounts (like a 401(k) or IRA). With important tax benefits of his own in mind, Billy utilized this half birthday to make a major difference.

The PCC Foundation joined forces with My Life Matters to help Billy Horner announce the endowment and surprise his wife. This gift created the first scholarship for homeschooled students to attend PCC.

Scholarship applications are currently being accepted from high school and homeschool seniors by the PCC Foundation through March 29. Students should apply online at For additional information about the PCC Foundation’s scholarship program, or to learn more about how to contribute, contact Allison Satterfield at or 336-322-2102.


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