STCC Foundation - Making a Difference
Access and Opportunity
"Where does my donation go?"
"What do you do with 'unrestricted money'?"
"How do I make certain my donation goes to help students directly?"
There are many questions that donors have when exploring the chance to make a difference in the lives of students at STCC. Many people choose to restrict the use of their donations by limiting their gift to a scholarship fund of their choice, in an effort to ensure that as much of their financial gift as possible goes directly towards helping the students who need assistance the most. It's often difficult as a donor to envision the other ways in which their donation can make a tangible, significant impact in the lives of students, and after all, making a true difference in the lives of students is the reason you'd like to be a donor in the first place.
Regardless of whether your donation is 'restricted' or 'unrestricted,' there are many ways in which your generosity can impact a student's life.
When donating money to the Foundation, it is important thing to understand that there are two areas where a donor can impact the educational life of students. One is access to education, and the other is the quality of the education students receive.
The most immediate way in which most donors can recognize the impact of their gift is through the awarding of scholarships to students who need them. Often, student scholarship recipients would not otherwise have the resources to attend college, and it is through the generosity of donor-funded scholarships that these students gain the access to higher education that they need in order to lift themselves to a life of achievement.
The second, less visibly apparent way in which donations can serve the educational life of students is through improving the quality of the education to which you are giving them access to. After all, what good is access to education if the quality of the education received does not meet the needs of a constantly-evolving global economy and workforce?
How can your gift help improve the quality of the education offered to our students?
The pace of technological innovation is staggering in today's world. What was "cutting-edge" six months ago can find itself out-dated and obsolete today. With many programs and degrees offered at STCC requiring a high degree of technical training, it is of the utmost importance that the Foundation has the ability to help fund the purchase of new equipment in order to train our students in the latest technology and techniques they will need to master in order to be competitive in today's economy.
Our students must be trained in the technology that employers need and expect their workforce to be competent in, and the purchase of equipment helps the College fulfill this need. Unrestricted funds allow the Foundation to distribute donated resources as needed in the most responsive way possible.
As a technical college, being at the cutting edge of educational programming is essential to ensuring that our students receive the most competitive education they can while here at STCC. Faculty Incentive Grants allow our faculty to develop new and exciting projects and areas of learning within their respective fields, and the result is an increase in the courses, technological expertise, and student services available to our students.
Faculty Professional Development
Aside from Faculty Incentive Grants, another way in which we ensure that our faculty members are prepared to educate our students to the highest level of proficiency is through professional development. This can include covering the costs of attending conferences and trainings both regionally and nationally, networking with and learning from colleagues from around the nation in order to stay ahead on every facet of their respective fields. We want our students taught by the best and the brightest teachers, and we can ensure this through faculty professional development.
Make a Difference in the Life of an STCC Student
Regardless of how you choose to donate, your gift is valued beyond measure by the students here at STCC. Whether you'd like to restrict your gift to scholarships, or would rather give the Foundation the flexibility of unrestricted funds needed to quickly respond to the ever-changing needs of providing the highest quality education possible to STCC students, we urge you to click here and consider how you can make a difference.