Foundation Update Issue 2 – August 2019

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Foundation Update
August 2019
We make postsecondary education accessible and affordable.
Rudy Parga

A Message from our Chair, Rudy Parga

Hello Friends,

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the new Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board Chair and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting work we are doing at the Foundation, as well as a few of our goals for the upcoming year.

First and foremost, I look forward to increased communication and collaboration between the Foundation, the Board, our donors, partners and the Maricopa Community Colleges District. This newsletter is the first step toward what I hope will be a continuous open dialogue as we impact the lives of our students obtaining a college education.

Additionally, a key focus of the Board will be to address the needs of our community, by continuing to align the Foundation with industry partners. This will allow us to enhance the innovative programs and resources available for student advancement and workforce development, while furthering our reach as a key economic driver throughout Maricopa County.

We will also be improving our processes and procedures as well as grant and scholarship strategies, extending our culture of philanthropy to better serve the needs of our students on their pathway toward success.

And finally, I look forward to an exciting 2020 Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner, celebrating its 15th Anniversary recognizing those who have a personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities. Since its inception in 2006, Heroes of Education has raised $1.8 million in scholarship funds to support Maricopa Community College students.

As you can see, there are big things ahead for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. On behalf of the entire Foundation Board, I thank you for your support and continued trust.


Endowments Make Higher Education a Reality

Establishing an endowment is one of the many ways to impact lives through higher education.  This long-term source of funding allows for a total donation to be invested and then yearly, a portion of the endowment’s returns are distributed to its planned project.

This month we feature two endowments that highlight the generosity of our donors and the opportunities being made available to our students:

A gift of $25,000 by Martin Rosenthal, to the Linda B. Rosenthal Scholarship endowment, was received in honor of his wife who served on the Maricopa County Community Colleges Governing Board for almost 30 years.  A tireless supporter for the empowerment of women, Mrs. Rosenthal was a  longtime activist and leader with the League of Women Voters and made it very well known to every chancellor of the District that served while she was on the Board, that hiring exceptional and qualified women, should be a top priority.  Read more.

The Nora (Goodyear) Gilray Endowed Memorial Scholarship, established with a  generous gift of $25,000,  supports individuals in pursuit of a career in nursing and roles involving sexual assault victim support and forensic evidence gathering.  Nora Gilray was a nurse who midway through her nursing career developed and organized a program in rape crisis intervention and eventually became an advocate for sexual assault victims. Read more.

AMR Foundation

AMR Foundation Grant Supports GCC EMS Students

Glendale Community College (GCC) is one of ten institutions nationwide selected to receive funding for six scholarships from the AMR Foundation for Research and Education for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships, totaling $18,000, support low-income students enrolled in GCC’s EMT and Paramedic programs.

The college was awarded this funding based upon two very important factors:  GCC students have much higher certification pass rates than the national average and that GCC has a circle of mentorship in which many members of its instructional staff are former GCC students,  who entered EMS careers and have come back to GCC to prepare the next generation of EMS professionals.

The GCC Public Safety Science Department trains more than 350 students in EMT and Paramedic program each year.  To learn more about the AMR Foundation for Research and Education,click here.

Maricopa to White House

MCCCD Invited to White House to Address Arizona’s Job Training Programs and Employability

The Maricopa County Community College District,  will attend to the White House celebration of the Pledge to America’s Workers month and share Maricopa’s innovative efforts to equip Arizona’s workforce with the skills needed for tomorrow’s economy.

The Maricopa Community Colleges train and provide certifications for 95 percent of the most in-demand jobs in Arizona with almost 90 percent of students staying in Maricopa County after graduation. Empowering job seekers with skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce is at the core of the mission at the Maricopa Community Colleges.  Read more.

Scholarship Allows Student to Follow Path to Nursing via Concurrent Enrollment Program

Alexis Hale has contemplated a career in nursing for many years and eventually decided to apply for the Concurrent Enrollment Program between Scottsdale Community College (SCC)  and Arizona State University.

“I have always felt passionate about research writing and education, so my long-term goals include the completion of a doctorate in nursing or a nurse practitioner program,” she said. “In the future, I would love to be an educator within a nursing program such as SCC’s.”

To learn more about Alexis as well as how you can support students on their path to higher education,  click here.

Foundation Grant Activity 

AMR Foundation
Arizona Lottery Gives Back
Helios Education Foundation
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving

Better World Books
The Boeing Company
State Farm
Wish You Well Foundation

Applied/Not Awarded
Burton Family Foundation
Lawrence Foundation

Heroes Save the date

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