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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.