BLUE BELL — Montgomery County Group Faculty Basis’s new philanthropic partnership, Circle of Companions, raised greater than $163,000 within the first 24 hours to assist college students struggling to pay for tuition, instructional-related prices and important wants corresponding to hire and little one care.
The Basis introduced the Circle of Companions throughout a digital fundraising occasion, Montco on the Rise, on Oct. 29, with the objective of elevating $100,000. A beneficiant nameless donor matched every donation, greenback for greenback, as much as $50,000 within the first 24 hours. On the finish of that point, the Basis was thrilled they surpassed their objective.
“We’re grateful for the outpouring of help and generosity of the founding members of the Circle of Companions,” mentioned Jay Browning, MCCC vice chairman of development. “In 2019-2020, our college students had a complete unmet monetary want of greater than $62 million. We’re off to a robust begin in addressing that want.”
Throughout the on-line occasion, attendees had the chance to listen to from MCCC’s management together with Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, MCCC President, and Joe Gallagher, MCCC Basis Board Chair. This system featured the testimony of a number of college students who spoke about how MCCC has helped them to beat their challenges and attain their objectives.
One of many college students, Blessing Osazuwa, endured a number of hardships whereas she was rising up, together with homelessness in addition to dropping each her mom and youthful sister to sickle-cell anemia. After graduating from highschool, she began school at a four-year establishment the place she was sexually assaulted. She dropped out of college and labored a number of jobs till she determined to enroll at MCCC.
With a brand new dedication and the encouragement and help of her MCCC advisor and school, she began taking lessons to earn her affiliate’s diploma in music. At one level in her journey, although, she didn’t come up with the money for to pay for public transportation to high school. She informed her professor, who linked her with MCCC’s monetary assist workplace, and she or he was in a position to get help to cowl transportation in addition to meals from the campus meals pantry.
“Though I had some private challenges, I ended the semester with a 3.9 GPA. After that, I utilized for institutional scholarships and acquired two — the Montco Basis Scholarship and the Billie Joe Loeben Music Scholarship,” she mentioned. “I might not have been in a position to attain my diploma with out that assist, and I’m significantly appreciative of it.”
Osazuwa graduated summa cum laude this yr from MCCC, and her dream of attending an Ivy-League college got here true — she was accepted to Columbia College the place she is pursuing her bachelor’s diploma in music on-line.
The MCCC Basis needs to assist extra college students notice their goals by creating the Circle of Companions. As defined by MCCC Alumni Board Chair Invoice Vitiello throughout the digital presentation, there are three foremost giving ranges for founding members:
· Believers – A pledge of $1,000 a yr ($83 per thirty days) for 5 years will guarantee 50 or extra college students obtain assist buying textbooks for his or her programs.
· Builders – A pledge of $5,000 a yr for 5 years will assist pay practically three semesters of tuition for a part-time scholar; over 5 years, this may assist 5 college students cowl a considerable quantity of their tuition.
· Dreamers – A pledge of $10,000 a yr for 5 years will assist take away housing insecurities and different emergency wants for dozens of scholars.
The Basis additionally will settle for items of different quantities since each donation will assist college students. For extra info and to make a donation, go to mc3.edu/rise.