Funding roundup

Miami Dade College student Jessica Valdes, who will benefit from the new scholarship, shares her story of aiming to earn a college degree. (Photo: MDC)

Miami Dade College (MDC) and Florida International University (FIU) will share in a $1 million gift from the Braman Family Foundation. The funds will be used for 1,000 student scholarships — 500 at MDC, 500 at FIU — that will help students in their last year of studies to enroll full time and complete college.

Connecticut

Tunxis Community College is one of the few recipients of a one-year, $20,000 grant from the French Embassy. It comes as part of the Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative grant competition, which is meant to increase study abroad for U.S. and French college students.

Tunxis has developed a project that aims to create more systematic study abroad opportunities for Connecticut community college students. Working with other colleges in the state, Tunxis is “putting together faculty talent, technology and travel so that our students can develop their international capabilities,” said Karen Wosczyna-Birch, a Tunxis professor who is heading the initiative’s leadership team.

Maryland

Washington County Sheriff’s Office DFC Charles Enders presents a $50,000 for student scholarships to Hagerstown Community College President Guy Altieri and his staff. (Photo: HCC)

Washington County Sheriff’s Office DFC Charles Enders and his wife, Tina Enders, of Hagerstown, recently made a $50,000 donation to the Hagerstown Community College Foundation, in memory of Charles’s brother, Sgt. Richard H. Good, a retired county police officer who died in July.

“Rick was loyal and dedicated to his job and friends,” said Charles Enders. “We wanted to establish this scholarship at HCC to pay permanent tribute to his career as an outstanding officer.”

The scholarship will be awarded each year to two HCC administration of justice majors who aim to be police officers, are residents of Maryland, attend full time, and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Michigan

Macomb Community College received a $1.1 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for the PRISM (Prosperity Reaches into Southern Macomb) Project, which will support training for adults in advanced manufacturing, outreach to introduce and engage high school students in information technology fields, and a pilot on enhancing employer engagement in sustaining workforce training programs.

North Carolina

Wilson Community College (WCC) received a $14,000 donation from the Wilson Rotary Club. WCC will use the funding to open a scholarship endowment in honor of Cleve H. Cox, a past vice president.

Pennsylvania

Students in the nurse aide program at HACC will have scholarship opportunities, thanks to a new grant. (Photo: HACC)

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, can better support healthcare students after receiving an $89,920 grant from the Partnership for Better Health. The grant will provide scholarships for students in HACC’s noncredit nurse aide program during the next two academic years. Additionally, the grant will infuse $50,000 into the existing Partnership for Better Health Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to students enrolled in healthcare programs at HACC.

Tennessee

Columbia State Community College will work to increase student retention and completion rates using a $200,000 grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund grant allows colleges to focus on student outcomes in areas such as credit-hour progression and degree completion. Columbia State will use the Educational Advisory Board’s Navigate platform to help with student onboarding and advising. The college also will create a new Charger Center that will link students to academic advising and coaching, as well as career guidance.

Southwest Tennessee Community College and its Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) will help area small business owners bring on talented staff thanks to a $24,000 U.S. Small Business Administration  (SBA) grant. About a dozen Southwest students will get paid internships at area businesses. Students will not only learn but also earn up to $1,800.

“The majority of small business owners have limited resources and could always use an extra hand,” Rory Thomas, executive director of TSBDC at Southwest, said in a statement.  “This internship can be life-changing for the students and many may decide that entrepreneurship is the path they want to pursue.”

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Tabitha Whissemore
is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.