Through the amazing generosity of our donors, the WCC Foundation has provided educational opportunities to students who would otherwise not have access to higher education.
30 years of supporting students:
Awarded more than 10,000 scholarships (over $6.2 million)
Provided more than $1.5 million in other educational and emergency support—child care assistance, emergency food pantry, transportation funds, textbook vouchers
Supported faculty and students through grants for innovative learning opportunities
Donors currently support 79 annual funds and 260 endowment funds
Our mission is to give hope and support to Washtenaw Community College students through scholarships and other philanthropic support, creating a better educated workforce and a stronger community.
The Foundation provides a number of vehicles through which to support WCC students and programs. Watch a video on how scholarships have changed the lives of Eliyahu, Deidre and John. One student wrote a letter to his scholarship donor explaining that, “Your scholarship was an expression of confidence in me.” Here is a list of vehicles for giving to the WCC Foundation:
Gifts to the WCC Foundation’s annual fund help support the areas of greatest need. Visit the Recipients page for some examples of faculty and staff projects that have been funded through gifts made to the Annual Fund.
Yearly gifts of $2,000 or more with a three-year commitment will create a named scholarship of your choice which is renewable each year. Donors have the option of assigning criteria, such as designating a scholarship to students in a particular area of study. An annual luncheon is held to honor donors and their scholarship recipients, providing the opportunity for donors and recipients to meet one another.
With gifts of $10,000 or more, donors may establish an endowment to create a permanent named scholarship. Only the annual interest income generated by the endowment is used for annual scholarships, allowing the fund to benefit students in perpetuity. Many individuals, organizations, and businesses have created endowments as memorials or tributes to others. Donors are invited to the annual scholarship luncheon to meet their scholarship recipients.
Memorials and Tributes
Many donors choose to make gifts to the Foundation in memory of a loved one, or to honor a person on the occasion of a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.
Gifts designated for the Foundation in a will, estate plan, life insurance policy, or other vehicle will guarantee support for the future. Donors of planned gifts are included in the Foundation’s Legacy Circle.
It is not uncommon for companies to double or even triple the value of an employee’s charitable contribution to the WCC Foundation. If your employer matches gifts, contact its personnel office to obtain the necessary forms.
Non-cash contributions are approved through the College. Prior to their acceptance, appropriate college personnel are contacted to ascertain whether a need exists for such a gift.
For more information on giving to the Foundation, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org via phone at 734-973-3665. Or, download a giving form and mail it to:
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Dr SC 306
Ann Arbor MI 48105-4800