3 student speakers
(From left: Morgan Guthrie, Ernesto Guerra, and Kirsten Roosma)

Your scholarship gifts to WCC are life-changing for recipients

This year we received over 300 applications for scholarships - a 30% increase over last year.  The increase in requests for funding underscores the need for more scholarship support and reminds us how grateful we are for our generous donors who support scholarships at Whatcom.

Morgan, Ernesto and Kirsten are three of our wonderfully deserving WCC Scholarship recipients.  Each of these students has a unique story to tell but they all focus on gratitude and the potential they've discovered within themselves because of WCC scholarships.   

 "You change people's lives when you give to the Foundation."

-Morgan Guthrie, studying cybersecurity  
 Earl Settlemeyer Scholarship recipient


 "I want to show my son and daughter that hard work is worth it."

-Ernesto Guerra, studying chemical dependency counseling
 Thomas & Martina Horn Foundation Returning Adult Schl recipient


 "That someone believed in me...it changed everything."

-Kirsten Roosma, transfer student studying medicine
 Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery Scholarship recipient


Who We Are

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.  

Established in 1987, the Foundation has a long history of meeting student and community needs. Between 2010 and the present, gifts to the college have provided over $1 million in student scholarships and funded nearly $1.5 million in programs ranging from Faculty Development to Veterans Services, Intercultural Programming, Emergency Book and GED funding and more. With additional resources, we can do more.

Contributions to the Foundation help ensure access to higher education and promote innovation and excellence on our campus.

Questions about making a donation?

Contact Whatcom Community College Foundation via email or phone (360) 383-3320

Mission statement

The Whatcom Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to strengthen the educational opportunities at Whatcom Community College by providing student scholarships, supporting faculty and staff development, and assisting with key College initiatives.