Donors and community partners are a crucial link in providing Whatcom Community College students with the opportunity to turn their educational dreams into reality. Whether funding crucial College programs or student scholarships, our donors and community partners make it possible for more students to access high-quality education.
The WCC Foundation is pleased to recognize the generous private financial support received from alumni, parents, businesses and friends. Thank you to each donor who supports Whatcom; every gift is important and truly makes a difference!
President's Circle recognizes donors contributing $1,000 or more annually ($500-$999 for donors 39 years or younger). This committed group of loyal supporters make a significant impact on the lives of individual students and our community through their generosity. Members are specially recognized with invitations to special events and further opportunities to connect with WCC.
Profiles in giving
Phyllis and Charles Self
Foundation Board Director and President's Circle Founders Club Members
As devoted supporters of the College since 1998, Charles and Phyllis Self take WCC’s promise of “transforming lives through education” very seriously. The Selfs’ commitment, dedication and talent toward supporting education and the arts has had a significant impact on the College and Whatcom County. “Whatcom is an integral part of our community,” says Phyllis. “We should all be proud of it and support it.” Charles and Phyllis established the Phyllis & Charles Self Scholarship Endowment in 2004, now totaling almost $50,000. The fund awards annual scholarships to worthy students with a preference toward returning students. “We want to encourage everyone to support this gem that we have in our community. It is an incredible asset, " adds Phyllis.
Chuck Robinson, co-owner Village Books and Paper Dreams
Donor and Former WCC Board of Trustees
Chuck Robinson, co-owner with his wife Dee of Village Books and Paper Dreams, says Whatcom Community College "improves civic life by educating students to be engaged community members. It improves the lives of individuals by providing accessible, quality education that enables them to go on to careers or advanced degrees. You can see the effect Whatcom is having. The time and dollars invested have an immediate pay-off for the students and for our community. There are a lot of worthy causes to support but very few have an immediate impact like this. Whatcom helps to create the thriving, well-educated community in which we all want to live.”
Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson Endowment Supporters
Legacy Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
“Friends of Kitty” founded the Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson Endowed Scholarship to honor an extraordinary woman's lifetime of support for WCC and the community. The scholarship was founded by Babs Baker, Lynn Carpenter, Pamela Cushing, Jean Gorton, Marge Laidlaw, Jacqui MacConnell, Anne Rose, Mary Ellen Shields and Orphalee Smith. Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson was a founding member of the WCC Board of Trustees, and was an ardent believer in pursuing personal and professional growth at any age. To reflect this passion, the scholarship provides encouragement for students pursuing higher education in order to achieve career goals. Since its founding, more than $45,000 has been donated to the endowed scholarship fund.
Patricia G. Hite
Leader in Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
Pat Hite has been a significant contributor to WCC and the Foundation since she first began serving as a trustee for the College in 1977. For 12 years, she committed her time and talents as a trustee and served as chair for the board in 1984 and again in 1988. In 2005, Pat joined the Foundation Board and continued her tireless efforts on behalf of students until her retirement in September 2011. Pat’s service to the community—and in particular to Whatcom—has dramatically improved the quality of education in our region over the past three decades and resulted in the fulfillment of thousands of students’ goals and ambitions.
Wilson Engineering, LLC
Leader In Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
Since its founding in 1967 Wilson Engineering, LLC has provided top-quality service to its clients and made invaluable contributions to the community. Based in Bellingham, Wilson Engineering has been a strong supporter of WCC, starting with Jim Wilson's service as a WCC Trustee from 1995 to 2005 and continuing with generous annual contributions to scholarships—the Wilson Engineering Scholarship—event sponsorship, and other College initiatives. Since 2005, Wilson Engineering has contributed nearly $35,000 in student scholarships.
The Morse Family
Family Legacy Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2010
The Morse Family has created a legacy that transforms people’s lives by helping them get the education they need, and at the 2010 Donor Appreciation Breakfast, they were recognized with the Family Legacy Award. The Morse Family endowment was initiated by Joyce and David Morse’s grandchildren as a way to honor them for their strong emphasis on the importance of education and for the remarkable philanthropic example they set for the entire family. That endowment funds the Joyce & David Morse Scholarship and was established in 2005. Over the years, the fund has grown to over $65,000 through contributions from friends and family.
Chuckanut Health (St. Luke's) Foundation
Leaders in Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2010
Chuckanut Health Foundation has been a consistent supporter of the College over the years, serving as an important partner in developing Whatcom’s Nursing Program from funding equipment to nursing scholarships. The Foundation has funded a number of vital equipment initiatives totaling over $73,000. In addition, the Chuckanut Health Foundation awards the Lois Jean Roberts Memorial Nursing Scholarships directly to Whatcom Nursing students totaling, and provides two annual scholarships through the WCC Foundation to nursing students. Chuckanut Health Foundation has invested more that $15 million over the last 30 years in the critical health needs of Whatcom County and its people.
Questions about making a donation?
Contact Whatcom Community College Foundation at (360) 383-3320.