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A world of difference


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A world of difference


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A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

 

We often feel it’s a challenge to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the world, yet for many, change is coming much too slowly. Meet Tammy, who is making the transition from being a student taking one course a semester while raising two daughters and holding down part-time jobs to pay the bills. Graduation seemed a lifetime away. Her world changed in an instant when she was awarded a scholarship and received assistance from Dreamkeepers to get her car fixed after it unexpectedly broke down. Thanks to Foundation supporters, Tammy was able to attend Monroe Community College full-time, for the first time.

  Jeremy J. Wolk   Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP   Chair, Monroe Community College Foundation   Board of Directors

  Jeremy J. Wolk

  Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

  Chair, Monroe Community College Foundation

  Board of Directors

Your support of the Monroe Community College Foundation in 2015-2016 made a world of difference for 773 students who received a scholarship and countless others who were inspired by their success. It has also led to the Foundation’s No. 1 ranking in unrestricted giving among community colleges nationwide by the Council for Aid to Education. Thank you for investing in public higher education through the MCC Foundation and empowering students to earn a college credential. We are sincerely thankful for your belief in our students and their aspirations.

  Diane L. Shoger   Executive Director   Monroe Community College Foundation

  Diane L. Shoger

  Executive Director

  Monroe Community College Foundation

As past leaders and visionaries have noted, if you want to positively change the world, educate those who seek to better themselves. If you want to strengthen Greater Rochester, invest in MCC. 

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From the President


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From the President


FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hundreds of MCC graduates held their diplomas high last June because your support of the MCC Foundation ensured they had opportunities to achieve their dreams. For many students, earning a college degree was a goal that seemed out of reach, but with your help, MCC helped students reach higher and achieve more.

Our community does not lack talent, it lacks opportunity. Your gifts to
the MCC Foundation open doors to higher education, remove barriers to degree completion and motivate students to lean in rather than give up. Foundation scholarships and programs, such as Dreamkeepers, Save for Success and Single Stop, create access to college, pathways to careers and, most important, opportunities for future graduates to lead more productive, rewarding lives.

Hard-working students are able to earn degrees and certificates that move them and our community forward thanks to your generosity. Together, we are striving to ensure all students have the support they need to be successful at MCC.

Thank you for helping Monroe Community College inspire every day. 

Anne M. Kress President Monroe Community College

Anne M. Kress

President

Monroe Community College

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Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation


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Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation


LYDIA HERNANDEZ


Lydia Hernandez's two young children keep her grounded and motivated to further her education. This 11-year Air National Guard veteran has her sights on earning an associate degree in liberal arts, followed by another degree in nursing.

 

Through its Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation initiative, the MCC Foundation works to ensure deserving students receive the scholarship support they need to complete their educational goals at MCC. Because 88 percent of MCC career and certificate program graduates who are employed full-time remain in Greater Rochester, the initiative also ensures that MCC remains a force behind our region’s economic stability and workforce development.

MCC scholarships are a wise investment—keeping students on track for success and ensuring that our brightest graduates reach their potential here at home.

MCC FOUNDATION RANKS NO. 1
IN UNRESTRICTED GIVING

For the first time, the MCC Foundation ranked No. 1 this spring in unrestricted giving (i.e., not restricted to a specific scholarship for project) among participating community colleges nationwide by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). The ranking was published in the CAE’s 2015 Voluntary Support of Education annual report, a primary source of information on private giving to more than 1,000 institutions in the United States.

WHY IS UNRESTRICTED
GIVING IMPORTANT?

Unrestricted giving is critical to MCC because it enables the college to respond immediately to individual student needs and opportunities to build a strong community and workforce. The Annual Fund for Monroe Community College is a powerful resource that helps students stay on track and provides seed money to enhance learning experiences and grow programs and community partnerships. Unrestricted gifts to the MCC Foundation impact teaching, learning and educational innovation at the college.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
FOR OVERALL PERFORMANCE

In July 2016, for the third time in eight years, MCC and the MCC Foundation received a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance. The award recognizes the exceptional work of colleges, universities and independent schools from across the country. MCC is one of only six public two-year colleges honored this year. 

IN 2015-2016, THE MCC FOUNDATION:

TRANSFERRED MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION IN TOTAL AID TO MCC TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND PROGRAMS

AWARDED NEARLY
$1.3 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO MCC STUDENTS

ESTABLISHED 12 NEW SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS AWARDED BY 11.8%

GRANTED MORE THAN $17,000 TO SUPPORT FACULTY AND STAFF INNOVATION

GREW THE MCC FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT TO $12,342,087 

 
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Year in Highlights


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Year in Highlights


ERIN JULIAN '98


Erin Julian '98 gives back to MCC by lending her enthusiasm and creative ideas to MCC foundation events that raise scholarship dollars. As a longstanding volunteer, Erin helps ensure current students have as rich an academic and social experience as she did as a student.

 

YEAR IN HIGHLIGHTS

Alumni Week and Homecoming

From Fall Festival to Tribunes soccer matches, Alumni Week and Homecoming events in early October generated a lot of MCC spirit and raised nearly $37,000 to support student success. More than 350 people participated in the annual 5K Walk/Run for Scholarships on Homecoming Day, raising $18,800 for student scholarships.
Six scholarships were awarded to students following the race. Other highlights included an alumni cooking demonstration hosted by MCC’s Hospitality faculty and an Alexander Street Campus alumni reunion dinner hosted by Marilyn and Louis ’65 Andolino. 

Major Donors and First-time Philanthropists Support Dreamkeepers

Regardless of season, MCC’s Dreamkeepers program attracts support from major donors, as well as first-time philanthropists. Dreamkeepers offers micro-grants of less than $500 to financially struggling students faced with unexpected emergencies, such as a flat tire or broken furnace, so they can stay in school and complete their studies. Inspired by Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth’s lead gift, Mike Zimmer (Xerox Corporation) and Greg Connors (Connors and Ferris LLP) partnered to raise $50,000 to ensure Dreamkeepers continues to be available for students. In November, Zimmer and Connors hosted a fundraising dinner at Oak Hill Country Club. In July, Zimmer surpassed the fundraising goal when he donated his prize winnings from a charity event hosted by Watkins Glen International.

In February, at the peak of winter, a group of young philanthropists led by Kitty and Adam Goldfeder hosted a successful Cabin Fever event at the Strathallan in Rochester. Guests raised nearly $10,000 for Dreamkeepers and introduced the MCC Foundation’s mission to new friends. 

 
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Students Save for Success and Earn Degrees

In June, MCC graduates who completed their studies with support from the Save for Success program enjoyed an exclusive reception and shared their success stories with incoming students. Save for Success was launched in 2014 by MCC, PathStone Corporation and ESL Federal Credit Union to make higher education more affordable for low-income students. To date, 11 Save for Success scholars have graduated or transferred successfully to a four-year college or university with impressive grade-point averages. There are 35 scholars currently participating in the program and more than 100 who have started savings accounts at ESL to apply toward tuition.


LEWIS TREE SERVICE MOTIVATES HIGH SCHOOL GRADS

Lewis Tree Service pledged $100,000 in July to help college students facing financial challenges achieve their educational goals. Lewis Tree’s support will be distributed over the next four years and is intended to meet both the immediate and long-term scholarship needs of full-time MCC students. According to Lewis Tree President and CEO Thomas R. Rogers, “Every member of our employee-owned company is committed to investing in this community and in those who shape its future.” MCC graduates are among the senior leadership team at Lewis Tree. 

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Timothy Wentworth ’80 Receives National Higher Education Award

In April, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized MCC alumnus Timothy Wentworth ’80 among six outstanding alumni from across the U.S. who have made a positive impact on their communities, the nation and the world. Wentworth is the chief executive officer of Express Scripts, a $100 billion Fortune 20 Corporation. Both he and his wife, Robin (an MCC alumna), continue to give back to MCC and maintain ties to Rochester through both scholarship funds and program support, including a lead gift for MCC’s Dreamkeepers program.