College Foundation Scholarships now available

The SPSCC Foundation is accepting scholarship applications again until Oct. 14. There were 20 scholarships left over from last spring that need to be awarded to students.

Preference will be given to students who have not won a scholarship for 2013-14 academic year.

The foundation hopes to fulfill the unawarded scholarships before the annual scholarship reception in November, according to Katya Miltimore, development manager of the college foundation.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that works solely to serve the school, though separate from the college. The foundation provides scholarships and professional development, and it acts as a fiscal agent to filter donations (usually equipment) intended for specific academic programs, said Miltimore.

Scholarships are funded in multiple ways. The foundation hosts two major fundraisers throughout the year, the Harvest Moon Celebration in the fall and the Clipper Scramble Golf Tournament in the summer.

The Harvest Moon Celebration invites potential donors to campus to showcase the school.

This year, the celebration will take place Oct. 5.

The foundation has invited graduates to speak about their current work in each field highlighted at the event. Also, the night will include a dueling piano act from Seattle. These two additions are intended to help build more substantial relationships between the school and potential donors, said Miltimore.

The foundation offers all sorts of scholarships, most created based on the personal stories of the various donors, said Miltimore.

The second way scholarships are funded is through faculty donations, usually in the form of regular allotments deducted from their salary, Miltimore said.

The professional development element of the foundation’s mission includes funding for the Trustees Classified Staff Awards, which support training for staff members, and the Exceptional Faculty Awards, which allow faculty members to do further work in their fields, such as presenting at conferences.

In addition, the foundation can respond to other needs of the college. For instance, the foundations maintains the Emergency Advantage fund, which supports students in the final stages of completing their degrees who become victims of unexpected expenses, said Miltimore.

Students should submit applications describing their predicament to SPSCC’s financial aid department, which then awards the scholarships accordingly.