Wake Technical Community College announced Tuesday the largest cash donation in its history, which will endow a series of scholarships.

The late Harold and Shirley Brenner of Cary bequeathed a gift of $500,000 to the Wake Tech Foundation to fund scholarships for students in medical assisting, law enforcement, welding, plumbing and other technical programs that can be completed in a year or less, Wake Tech President Stephen Scott said. Up to 40 students a year will receive the scholarships.

“The Brenners were excellent role models for all of us, putting great value on education and staying connected to their community,” Scott said in a statement. “Wake Tech and its students are indeed fortunate to benefit from their generous legacy.”

The couple learned about Wake Tech’s role in the community from their niece, Mable Howell, and her husband, former Wake Tech President Bruce Howell.

“My aunt and uncle believed in a strong work ethic and felt it was important to help young people acquire the necessary education and skills to become productive members of the community,” Mable Howell said in a statement.

The Brenners previously donated money for the Harold and Shirley Brenner Learning Commons in Wake Tech’s library.

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