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Clatsop Community College Over Half Way to Scholarship Fundraising Goal

From: Nadine Faith
To: Media
Date: 02/19/09
Subject: CCC Over Half Way to Scholarship Fundraising Goal PR

Clatsop Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/19/09
Contact: Nadine Faith 503-338-2306

Clatsop Community College Over Half Way to Scholarship Fundraising Goal

Scholarship funding for Clatsop Community College students received a significant boost with a recent grant of $8,000 from the Juan Young Trust and two gifts totaling $10,000 from a family in Seaside, OR. These and other scholarship contributions will be matched by the Miller Family Foundation, which pledged to match, dollar for dollar, every new scholarship dollar contributed to CCC before March 31, up to $50,000. So far, the College has raised nearly $27,000 toward this goal and continues to solicit alumni, friends and foundations to take full advantage of the Miller Family Foundation challenge.

"The gifts from our generous Seaside donors are breathtaking," says Susan Riemer, CCC Foundation Board President. "Together, they represent 20% of our goal, but more than that, they show a truly generous commitment to helping our local students succeed. Without this kind of caring support, so many of CCC's students would not be able to get the education they need."

"We are really grateful for this kind of support," says Sharon Boring, CCC's Director of Financial Aid. "With market losses in our scholarship endowment, and with the economic situation being what it is, we were very worried about financial aid for our students next year. The Miller Family Foundation challenge grant is making all the difference. For instance, every year the Juan Young Trust provides a generous scholarship grant to our students. But on top of the three $1,800 scholarships they will fund next year, they responded to the Miller Family Foundation Scholarship Challenge Grant by pledging an additional $8,000. We could not be more happy."

According to CCC President, Greg Hamann, the gift from the Juan Young Trust and the challenge grant from the Miller Family Foundation are indicators of the increasing level of support community colleges are receiving from private foundations, in recognition of the community college role in providing access to education and training for nearly half of the nation's college students.

To learn more about the Miller Family Foundation challenge grant, or to make a scholarship contribution, contact Nadine Faith, Director of College Relations and Development, at 503-338-2306 or nfaith@clatsopcc.edu.

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