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Nonprofit Spotlight: Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation


To provide the Technical College of the Lowcountry with the financial support not available through public funding so that it can deliver exceptional community-based education.

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry is now under construction at the Buckwalter Place Commerce Park in Bluffton.


The TCL Foundation was established in 1983. Board members are strong advocates of community college, workforce training and economic development. TCL empowers all Lowcountry citizens to build a healthy future here in the Lowcountry to live, work, and worship in our community, all the while taking courses and graduating with marketable, in-demand skills. The College has three campuses and offers more than 80 programs. Since 1968 TCL’s faculty and staff have welcomed more than 85,000 students from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and beyond.

Whom it Helps

The TCL Foundation helps to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on the College. Through the Foundation donors provide support for student scholarships, equipment, facilities, academic programs and faculty. Since the start of the pandemic, generous donors have supported 354 students. Donor have bought laptops for students who do not have access to computers, established scholarships and paid tuition balances for students who lost jobs and income.

How to Help

Make a gift to the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The TCL Foundation accepts contributions in a variety of ways.

Visit or contact Mary Lee Carns at 843-470-5962 or by email at [email protected].