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Gifts go farther at Westchester Community College

“The scholarships I received were crucial in my being able to afford my classes and textbooks. I am forever indebted to all of you for making my dreams possible. You changed my life.”

Kyrie Philbrook – Class of 2015

The college’s low cost for an excellent education makes the impact of gifts reach more students. For about the same cost of sending one student to a private college, we can prepare ten students to transfer to four-year colleges or to find jobs in their field when they graduate.   Gifts to the Westchester Community College Foundation support critical needs and innovative programs at Westchester Community College, all of which directly benefit students.  All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Annual Appeal - Every gift counts!

Tax-deductible contributions to the Westchester Community College Foundation’s Annual Appeal provide the precious gift of opportunity to thousands of deserving students by supporting scholarships and promoting the excellence of the college.  These unrestricted gifts give the Foundation the flexibility to respond to our student’s greatest needs.

Alumni Annual Appeal:
It’s all about giving back.  For many Alumni, the pathway to success began here at WCC.  Together, we can continue to make the dreams of today’s students come true. Every little gift makes a big difference. Donate on-line NOW

Friends and Supporters:
Loyal annual donors who understand the importance of dependable gifts ranging from $1 – $999 that help where our students need it most.
Donate on-line NOW

Scholar’s Circle:
Dedicated individuals committed to making the precious gift of opportunity possible through leadership gifts of $1,000 or more.
Donate on-line NOW

The President’s Council:
Individuals who have distinguished themselves in the arts, sciences, education, law, government and business are invited to play a sustaining role in the work of the Foundation.  Membership is $5,000 or more annually.
How to Make Your Donation 

For more information, please contact
Ilene Lieberman, Director of Development 
(914) 606-6834;

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Scholarships – Give the Gift of Knowledge

“Receiving this scholarship is the most amazing gift I’ve ever gotten – it makes me the first one in my family to be able to go to college.  I understand that a scholarship is an investment in a student, and I will not squander the opportunity that your scholarship has given me.” 

You can open the door of opportunity and assist a deserving student by establishing a scholarship fund.  The Foundation has awarded nearly $12 million in scholarships and grants to more than 13,000 students since 1969.  Over $1 million in student support has been distributed annually since 2007.

Despite the College’s best efforts to contain costs, tuition and fees continue to rise.  Annual tuition now exceeds $4,100 for full time students, and this can be an obstacle for many exceptional students who have a profound and compelling need for assistance.  Scholarship awards have a tremendous impact on the lives of students, most often making the crucial difference in a young person’s future.  Gifts in support of scholarship are tax-deductible.

How you can support Scholarships at Westchester Community College:

  • Make a Donation to the Annual Appeal
    These unrestricted gifts directly help students by supporting scholarships and other programs and services, and allow us to put funding where it is needed most. 
  • Establish a Named Scholarship Fund
    These special funds are awarded by name to students who meet the flexible criteria which reflects donor’s interests.  These awards can be funded on an annual basis or permanently endowed.
  • Make a Tribute Gift
    Gifts in honor or in memory of loved ones are pooled in our Commemorative Scholarship Fund.

Please see Scholarship Office page for a detailed description of the award process and list of named scholarships.

To discuss establishing a scholarship fund, please contact
Ilene Lieberman, Director of Development 
(914) 606-6834;

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Tributes – Honoring family and friends

Gifts may be made in honor of or in memory of family members, friends or mentors, recognize friends, or to acknowledge significant milestones in someone’s life: graduations, anniversaries, significant achievements, etc.  Gifts also may be directed to the Foundation by family recommendation at the time of a family member’s death.

Acknowledgment of gifts in honor will be made to the honoree, gifts in memory to a designated family member with a special card from the Foundation. The amount of the contribution will not be mentioned.

Gifts are added to our “Commemorative Awards” fund and distributed as scholarships to worthy students attending Westchester Community College

Please be sure to provide the

  • Name of the person being honored or memorialized
  • Occasion for the gift, i.e. birthday, anniversary, death, etc.
  • Name, address and phone number of the individual to be notified of the gift.

How to Make Your Donation

Donate on-line NOW

To discuss Commemorative and Tribute gifts or to direct memorial gifts, please contact
Ilene Lieberman, Director of Development
(914) 606-6834;

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Special Project Grants and Campaigns – Promoting innovation

Periodically, the Foundation conducts special campaigns to raise substantial funds for building projects or for special programs. The recent campaign for the Gateway Center surpassed its goal by raising $21 million and encouraged an anonymous donor to give a $5 million gift, the largest individual gift in the college’s history.  These campaigns offer opportunities for the Foundation to recognize donors of substantial gifts by naming certain facilities or programs.

Special Projects
Westchester Community College has a reputation for opportunity and innovation in education.  There are several unique on-going programs and innovative projects in development for which major funding is being sought.  Major gifts have helped to support study abroad programs, establish new curriculum and degree programs, develop special honors programs, and create major scholarship funds, among other important initiatives.  Examples include the Davis Global Scholars, Study Abroad at Cambridge, Online Education,  and Women’s Workplace Culture Coaching program.

The Westchester Community College Foundation welcomes the opportunity to work with interested donors to match current projects with specific interests.  Please call:

Eve Larner 
Vice President & Dean, External Affairs
Executive Director, WCC Foundation

Phone: 914-606-6562
Fax: 914-606-6515

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Faculty Excellence – Maintaining talented intellectual Resources

Westchester Community College is noted for the quality of its faculty with over 100 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, more than any other community college in New York State.  The Foundation provides funds for Endowed Faculty Chairs , the Center for Faculty (professional development), and Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards to promote outstanding scholarship, and encourage high faculty standards.

Endowed Faculty Chairs
The goal of the Endowed Faculty Chair Program is to recognize the ongoing contributions and excellence of individual WCC faculty members and provide funds for their own professional development and that of their respective departments.  Currently, the college has 39 Endowed Faculty Chairs and one of the nation’s most successful endowed faculty chair programs among two-year institutions of higher education.

Endowed Faculty Chair Lectures
Each year the College presents a series of Faculty Chair Lectures which are free and open to the public.  Lectures feature noted guest lecturers and honors donors of Endowed Chairs.  Recent lectures have included: 

Dance & Diplomacy: Africa:
In April 2012, Associate Dean Jiangping Wang, holder of the Jack & Ralynn Stadler Endowed Faculty Chair for Art and Culture in Society, presented an interactive lecture on how cultural performances can influence diplomatic efforts in Africa and elsewhere around the globe. It featured a demonstration by dancer Bafana Matea and a lecture by Jonathan Hollander, founder of The Battery Dance Company.   See excerpts on you tube

For more information about establishing an endowed chair please call:

Eve Larner
Vice President & Dean, External Affairs
Executive Director, WCC Foundation

Phone: 914-606-6562
Fax: 914-606-6515

For information about Chair lectures, please call
Dorothy Durante
Development Associate/FO
(914) 606-6099

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