Shoreline Community College Foundation Programs
The Shoreline community College Foundation is dedicated to increasing student access and success by providing Scholarships and emergency support to a wide range of students. SCC students represent a rich and diverse community of students with diverse academic goals including 43% seeking transfer programs, 40% workforce retraining and 7% seeking basic skills programs. An SCC student may be a recent high school graduate, a returning Veteran or a displaced worker seeking a professional/technical certificate. Foundation Scholarships are awarded to both full time and part- time students.
Scholarship recipients mirror the College’s diverse population of learners:students of color, international students, low-income and life- long learners. The Foundation maintains a strong commitment to equity and multicultural competence and understanding when awarding scholarships.
The Foundation is dedicated to student success by providing emergency support when the unexpected happens that interferes with a student’s ability to stay in school. In addition to helping with educational expenses, the Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance toward such necessities as rent, transportation, utilities, child care, groceries and medical expenses.
SCC is located ten miles from Seattle, on the border between King and Snohomish County. Although the college’s designated catchment area is small including only two public high schools, the College attracts students from a wide regional, national and international area to seek out programs, services and Foundation support.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Shoreline Community College Foundation raised over $42,000 for students at its 15th annual Student Success Campaign Breakfast – A Salute to Veterans, November 2012. More than 250 friends of the College, faculty, staff and students gathered to support Shoreline students. Student athletes were recognized at this year’s event along with the announcement of the creation of the Veterans' Emergency Assistance Fund. Through generous community support this fund was established to support the ever increasing needs of our students who are Veterans.
The Foundation’s greatest need is to increase student aid though awarding more scholarships and providing emergency assistance to those in need.
More than 50 percent of students at two-year institutions never receive a credential. Many simply cannot afford to stay in school. We must close the gap and provide help to these students so they can complete their education and connect with a career path. Many of these students are at risk and low-income students. It is critical that the Foundation provide student assistance through scholarships and emergency support.
Student Success Campaign: Tuition and fees keep rising at an unprecedented rate. Books and supply expenses also continue to increase. Federal and state aid is decreasing. Daily living and transportation expenses also add to students’ financial stress. Many of our students live on the margin.
The Student Emergency Fund: These awards literally keep students with pressing needs from dropping out of school. The Foundation keeps the hope of education, job training and employment alive for these students.