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.
James’ dream of a career in optics became a reality when he received a scholarship that recognized his hard work and potential. He now views the world as full of opportunity and promise thanks to MCC Foundation donors.
Breyana came from Pennsylvania to study music at MCC. Her mother took a second job to help her daughter become the musician she aspired to be. Receiving a scholarship told Breyana that she had made the right choice. This summer, those who heard Breyana perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival confirmed her talent.
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.
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.
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 certi cates 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.