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Foundation History

Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc., is organized and operated to stimulate, promote, encourage, foster, and develop the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and to act in the best interests of the educational welfare of the residents of southern West Virginia and all persons interested in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge.

The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation was organized in 1971 and chartered as a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization in October 1990 with the purpose of providing financial support for the educational needs of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The Foundation has authority to fundraise, invest, and endow funds for student scholarships, grants, loans, educational program support, and other special meritorious projects.

In September 2006, the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College initiated the Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign to assist the college in achieving a multitude of long range plans and growth in our region. The Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign goal is to raise $20 million dollars by the year 2020.

During the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation net assets totaled more than $3.4 million. The Southern Foundation received over $997,000 in external funding in 2011 with pledges totaling $461,500 to support scholarships and educational program support.

Since 2006, the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation has distributed more than $1.2 million dollars in scholarships to local students, and more than $554,000 in education program development and marketing funds to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The Foundation prides itself on its award of scholarships, grants, and other assistance to meet the needs of students and the College. Since state funding is limited or not likely to increase in the next decade, private support is more critical than ever in meeting Southern’s goals and its mission as a community and technical college. The high cost of tuition at larger universities and colleges has directed more students to community colleges and placed a marked increase in the demand for educational services particularly at Southern. The role of the Foundation continues to be essential in helping students reach their potential and achieve success.