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WCC is a place of opportunity, outstanding achievement and sometimes second chances, often in the face of enormous odds. With a devoted faculty and staff committed to students’ success, Whatcom offers an experience unparalleled at comparable educational institutions.

The goal of the Whatcom Community College Foundation is to ensure access to higher education for students from all backgrounds, and to promote academic innovation and excellence on our campus. Thanks to our generous donors, more students are discovering and achieving their dreams at Whatcom.

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Thank you for believing in Whatcom Community College. Your investment in the College helps us do more for the students, families and communities we serve. Together with caring philanthropists we are improving the student experience through increased access to technology, research experiences, highly educated and dedicated faculty, and much more. What we do is only possible because of the incredible trust donors place in us each year and our shared, unyielding belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

230 students benefited from the philanthropic support of the WCC Foundation community in 2018-19. Over $300,000 in vital scholarship support flowed to new and returning Whatcom students.

65% increase in scholarship applications since 2016 and 62% of funds awarded to first generation students

Quote attributed to student Rikhsar Sadat about how WCC scholarships have helped overcome financial barriers and pursue her dream of being an advocate for youth in the justice system

The Fund for Excellence funded 22 grants across campus. Whatcom’s FFE supports two main streams of funding at the College: critical student support (outside of tuition) and funding for innovation and technology. Each year the Foundation awards over $100,000 in grants through Fund for Excellence. Here are a few examples of the amazing grants being funded through FFE:

Laidlaw Emergency Book Fund $9,500

When students can’t afford their books the Laidlaw Emergency Book Fund is a timely gift. This grant provides all textbooks and required supplies to 85 students experiencing hardship. Often the cost of books and supplies is a barrier for students. We seek to remove these barriers through our FFE grants.

Orca Student Success Fund for Graduation $10,000

$10,000 in financial support for students who are within 1-2 quarters of graduating with a degree. This initiative is aimed at improving retention and completion for students pursuing a degree. The funds can be used toward tuition or other expenses that became a barrier to the student completing their degree.

Learning Center, Writing/Math Tutoring $1,000

Provides the funding for training the 40-50 Learning Center tutors who provide writing and math tutoring services to students on campus. In addition to their tutoring work, tutors engage in discussion with counselors about mental health and stress which is an added benefit or our students and staff in the Learning Center.

Orca Food Pantry $8,000

The Orca Food Pantry provides free food, anonymously, for all Whatcom students. Our FFE grant provides funding for a program coordinator who has expanded programming for students and awareness on campus.

Investments in priorities like scholarships, experiential learning, research opportunities and faculty professional development change the lives of our students. We are deeply grateful for the generous support we receive from our community in supporting current and future Whatcom students as they gain skills and knowledge to thrive in their careers, ongoing scholarship, and community leadership after graduation.

95% of graduating students would recommend WCC to a friend. Cost of first 2 years of college at WCC: $8,982. Named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by Aspen Institute for the 5th consecutive year. 33% of full-time faculty hold a doctorate.

We’re grateful for the support we receive from our partners in business in industry who are investing in Whatcom’s professional and technical programs. Whatcom plays a key role in developing talented students who continue on to pursue a degree at a four year institution. These graduates fill jobs, volunteer in their communities, and contribute to our economy.

Your gift in any amount is the bridge leading to a life of opportunities. Help Whatcom students stay on track to graduate. Let them know community values their persistence.

Questions? Email foundation@whatcom.edu or call us at (360) 383-3320.