Funding roundup


Wallace State Community College’s 2+2 poultry science program got a boost from a $7,000 contribution from USPOULTRY Foundation. The funds were made possible by a contribution from Peco Foods, Inc. The 2+2 partnership with Auburn University’s poultry science program allows students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college at Wallace State and then transfer to Auburn for their junior and senior years, culminating with a bachelor’s degree in poultry science.


Delaware Technical Community College will use a $22,000 contribution from the Navient Foundation to establish a Veterans Resource Center. The center will host guest speakers and programs such as financial education, career workshops and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seminars. It also will provide a meeting space for student veterans to study, relax and engage with fellow veterans.


Miami Dade College (MDC) has received $2.25 million in gifts since MDC President Eduardo Padrón received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A $1 million gift from The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation will establish the Eduardo J. Padrón Innovation Fund honoring Padrón’s decades of work in ensuring educational opportunity for all. A $250,000 gift came from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the Innovation Fund. Badia Spices donated $1 million to establish the Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Presidential Medal of Freedom Scholarship for students with financial need.

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is celebrating the largest single donation in the college’s history. The gift, valued at nearly $8 million, is from an anonymous donor and will be paid over 20 years. It will be devoted to scholarships.

“Scholarships level the playing field for students who seek a college education,” TCC President Jim Murdaugh said in a release. “Of course, scholarships also attract and reward high-performing students. This gift will have a long-lasting impact on TCC and our current and future students.”

TCC received two other gifts as part of its “TCC. We Rise.” fundraising campaign. Accounting firm Thomson Brock Luger & Company made a $25,000 gift to support the renovation of an accounting classroom. Lobbying firm Southern Strategy Group donated $25,000 in honor of Stacey Webb, a member of the firm and community college system advocate who passed away in 2015.


Salina Area Technical College’s diesel technology department is benefiting from a truck engine donated by truck manufacturer Kenworth for student training. It’s valued at about $40,000.

New York

Genesee Community College received $8,000 from the America’s Warrior Partnership Community Integration program to expand outreach and services to veterans.The college will collaborate with Veterans One-stop Center of WNY to help veterans remain enrolled in school and address unforeseen challenges and barriers they may encounter.

Suffolk County Community College will receive $100,000 of a $4 million grant as a partner institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program. Fourteen SUNY institutions are teaming on the new five-year National Science Foundation grant, which is designed to increase degree completion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among underrepresented minority students.

South Carolina

Denmark Technical College (DTC) will use a $10,000 grant to promote waste education and reduction. The grant is from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Solid Waste Management. DTC plans to develop a sustainable recycling system on campus and incorporate recycling and waste reduction content into freshman courses

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Tabitha Whissemore
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