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2015 June 9 - 05:07 am

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

More than 600 people packed the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College (N.C.) to help raise an estimated $300,000 for student scholarships. Sponsored by the CFCC Foundation, the annual “Gift of Education” luncheon is an annual event organized to raise funds to help students afford a college education. The bulk of the program featured speeches from current and former students who spoke about how their life and careers have been affected by their experiences at CFCC. Following speeches from the students and graduates, Donald Croteau, CEO of Vertex Rail Technologies, spoke to the crowd about his own challenges growing up in the Boston housing projects. Croteau emphasized that the local area is very fortunate to have an institution like CFCC to help guide people reach their goals.

Longtime Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation (Wash.) supporter and former Spokane Falls Community College instructor Margaret Thrailkill passed away in February at the age of 98, but her legacy will live on. Thrailkill donated a life insurance policy of $25,000 to the CCS Foundation. This gift is one of many Thrailkill made throughout her lifetime and more than doubles her fund providing scholarships to outstanding Spokane Community College and SFCC students. Thrailkill had a varied business career and later taught business math and communications at SFCC. Her daughter, Nancy Kennedy, currently a business instructor at SFCC, said her mother had a strong commitment to CCS and inspired others to give. “She often would leave people with a challenge. She’d say, ‘It’s really your duty. You need to give to the CCS Foundation,’” said Kennedy. “People just listened to Mom.”

Riverside City College’s (Calif.) School of Nursing has received two Song-Brown Grants totaling $325,000. In announcing the awards, Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, deputy director of California’s Healthcare Workforce Development Division, cited RCC’s “continued efforts to deliver primary care services in areas of unmet needs.” RCC was one of four community colleges selected for a Registered Nurse Education Capitation grant out of 17 applicants. Its $200,000 award trailed only Cal State Northridge, which received $240,000. RCC’s School of Nursing will use the funds to address the RN shortage in the local area.

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