On May 14, the NCC Foundation held a dinner in the Culinary Arts Dining Room to celebrate the kickoff of the organization’s 50th Anniversary fundraising campaign. Stuart Weismiller, Vice President of the NCC Foundation’s Board of Directors, will chair the year-long fundraiser. The NCC Board of Directors and Foundation staff, as well as many students who have received Foundation scholarships, were in attendance.
A highlight of the evening was the screening of the 50th Anniversary Scholarship “Thank You” video created by the Foundation. The video features a variety of scholarship recipients who each explain how the financial support from the NCC Foundation has enabled them to realize the dream of a college education.
A press conference was held at NCC on May 19, marking the beginning of the Foundation’s $5 million 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign.
Board President Eleanor Riemer discussed the goal to raise funds to support the following key initiatives:
- Student Success and Scholarships at NCC
- Transfer Scholarships to four-year institutions for NCC’s most successful graduates
- Faculty and Academic Program support
- Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development
- Greatest need through Unrestricted Gifts
Last year alone, the NCC Foundation provided 500 students with scholarships worth approximately $1 million. Since 2008, the organization has provided transfer scholarships to four-year institutions for high achievers in addition to scholarships which provide students with NCC tuition.
Foundation funding has allowed NCC to offer RN to BSN scholarships to students who have graduated from the NCC Nursing Program, allowing them to continue their education and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from four-year colleges and universities. There is also a DREAM scholarship for students who have been brought to this country as children, but do not yet have citizenship, allowing them to realize their goal of educating themselves to become productive citizens.
For the next year, there will be a series of events held both on and off campus, including a lecture series.
NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. also spoke at the press conference. He lauded the Foundation for the work it has done in not only sponsoring students, but also in funding faculty positions and establishing programs at the college, including the recently launched Veterinary Technology Program – one of only three veterinary programs in the state. The Foundation also funds the arts at NCC including The Lumina String Quartet, NCC artists-in-residence and the Performing Arts Program which recently held a student production of Avenue Q. In addition, NCC can now offer a Culinary Arts Exchange Program with students from Toulouse, France.
Ann Rogers, Executive Director of the Foundation, ended the press conference with a presentation of the student “Thank You” video.