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2012 September 3 - 12:00 am

GRANTS AND GIFTS:

  • Lonza, a leading supplier to the microbial control, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and life-science industry, is providing a charitable contribution to Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.) for the purposes of scholarships. The gift, along with similar contributions, will go directly to assist student with tuition needs. Lonza’s award comes at a time when “workforce development” is a buzz word. Gov. Bill Haslam has recently increased interest and focus on creating a more educated workforce in Tennessee. Cleveland State has served its five-county area with career and technical degrees for more than three decades. Recent increased interest in STEM professions has positioned Cleveland State to be the avenue many students will have to obtain competitive jobs in Southeast Tennessee. Lonza is a global company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and has a plant on the Hiwassee River in north Bradley County.

  • The Association of Community College Trustees recently made a donation of $5,000 to Phi Theta Kappa’s Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship Fund. The honor society is seeking to create a $500,000 endowment. The new completion scholarship, established by Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf, will help students facing unanticipated financial barriers to stay in college and complete their degrees. The Oberndorf application will open to students this fall, offering $20,000 in scholarships to community college students at risk of dropping out. “We want to help those students who are so close to completing a credential or degree to finish what they start and not stop out. Students who stop out rarely complete,” said Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa’s executive director. “With the help of supporters like ACCT we hope to make it possible for 40 students to receive up to $500 each for books, gas, daycare, tuition...to complete their degrees.”

  • The Henry Ford Community College (Mich.) Foundation raised more than $21,000 for the College’s Dreamkeepers Program and as a result, received $10,000 in matching funds from The Kresge Foundation. This is the third year HFCC has participated in Dreamkeepers — a national effort of Scholarship America that was established by the Lumina Foundation and funded locally by the Kresge Foundation. The purpose of Dreamkeepers is to provide emergency financial assistance to HFCC students with legitimate financial concerns and help them stay in college to pursue their education. The terms of the Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance Program Grant were $75,000 over a three-year period, which would be used to implement an emergency financial assistance program for HFCC college students who might otherwise be forced to drop out of school. In turn, the College was expected to raise $55,000 through local fundraising for the program.
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