By: Lanetra Bennett
October 8, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Faculty and staff at Tallahassee Community College are leading by example. They're donating their money and time to support student scholarships.
Jingo Huang is from Taiwan, and considers herself very lucky to be a student at Tallahassee Community College.
She says it was an academic and a housing scholarship that made it possible. She says, "It actually helped me a lot because you come here from really far away. At first, it's overwhelming, you don't know what to do or where to live."
The TCC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the college. It's now in its final week of a four-week campaign that gives faculty and staff the opportunity to raise money for scholarships.
Over the last two years, the campaign has raised more than $100,000 from employee donations.
Ranie Thompson with the TCC Foundation says, "I think that TCC is a little unique that we have so many who enjoy getting involved in these activities at the college."
New this year, various departments are sponsoring fundraising events, like Tuesday's book sale organized by TCC Library Services; and an art auction by organized by Disability Support Services.
The coordinator of Disabilities Support Services, Stephanie Crosby, says the art pieces were done by students with disabilities and some of their mentors from TCC as well as FSU.
Crosby says, "It's wonderful. Watching how hard they work and how proud they are of what they're doing is absolutely fantastic; and I couldn't be happier about this."
Administrators say scholarships are vital, especially for international students like Jingo, whose out-of-state tuition fees are almost four times higher.
Jingo says, "I really appreciate what TCC has done for me. If I didn't have the scholarship, I really don't know how I'm going to pay for the living fee."
The schedule of fundraising events are listed below in the press release from TCC.
Press Release: Tallahassee Community College
TCC plans week of events to support scholarships and initiatives
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 3, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College believes in leadership through demonstration. That’s why, every year, the TCC Foundation begins its fundraising efforts with the employee-focused Campaign for TCC—an opportunity for TCC faculty and staff to support scholarships and initiatives at the College through donations. This year, the Campaign for TCC is trying something new, a grand finale of special fundraising events, October 7 – 11, giving the College’s various departments a chance to support causes related to their particular areas.
“Over the last two years, the Campaign for TCC has raised more than $100,000 through employee donations,” said Ranie Thompson, development officer for the TCC Foundation. “But our emphasis isn’t on reaching a monetary goal—it’s on encouraging wide-spread participation among faculty and staff. The week’s line-up of employee-organized events is a fun way for more people to get involved and a chance for the TCC community to really take ownership of the campaign.”
Schedule of events
TCC Library, 1st floor
Tuesday, October 8, noon – 6 p.m.
Organized by: Library Services
Benefiting: TCC Library’s Cultural Corner
Art Opening and Auction
TCC Fine and Performing Arts Center
October 8, 6:30 p.m.
Organized by: Disability Support Services
Benefiting: Eagle Connections
Share Day at Red Elephant
Red Elephant’s Midtown and Kerry Forest location
Wednesday, October 9, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Organized by: TCC Athletics
Benefiting: Pathways to Success Scholarships
Wednesday, October 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Organized by: TCC Student Veteran Association
Benefiting: TCC Student Veteran Association
Bake Sale, Golf Ball Drop, & Raffle
Outside of TCC’s Science and Math Building
Friday, October 11, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Organized by: Division of Science and Mathematics
Benefiting: STEM Center
TCC Intramural Fields
Friday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Organized by: International Student Organization
Benefiting: International Student Scholarships
Singing Bake Sale
Behind the Student Union
Thursday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Organized by: Theatre TCC!
Benefiting: Curtain Call (Student Theatre Organization)
In addition to the fundraising events, the TCC Foundation is also hosting a daily social media competition. The Foundation will award $2,000 to the scholarship/program that wins each challenge. The challenges lasts for one day from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Monday – New likes on a Facebook post
Tuesday – New comments received on a Facebook post
Wednesday – Most times Facebook posts are shared
Thursday – Most photo activity on Facebook (photos posted, likes received, everything counts)
Friday – Most Facebook profile “Likes” received
For more information on how the TCC Foundation supports the College, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/foundation.