Grayson County College Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 6101 Grayson Dr Denison TX 75020 USA

Mission: The Grayson County College Foundation, Inc. exists to bridge the gap between the needs and resources of Grayson College. The Foundation, a Texas non-profit corporation was chartered with the Secretary of State in 1991 and obtained its IRS 501c3 exemption in 1992 to address the following goals: to generate funds and endowments for scholarships to GC students; encourage gifts for facilities and equipment; develop private funding sources for new programmatic ventures; and communicate the evolving needs of the College to business, educational, cultural, governmental, and other constituencies to facilitate collaborative and mutually supportive relationships. The Foundation continuously seeks new sources of financial support, beyond the scope of tax-based funding. New grants and revenue sources must be sought to replace gaps resulting from significant legislative reductions in order to provide the tools and resources for all students to achieve success. The Foundation is governed by a 25 member board of directors. Mr. Randy Truxal serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation, which maintains 3.5 FTE staff positions.
Results: During the past 12 months, the Foundation successfully received over $1 million in donor gifts and $2.5 million in federal, state and private grant funding, which included funding for a new Career Training Center. More than $380,000 was distributed in scholarships to 300+ students raised from alumni, foundations, community donors, and college employees. An additional $160,000 was received to provide 62 merit scholarships to students who made 3.0 in high school math and science courses.
Target demographics: students attending Grayson College
Geographic areas served: Grayson and Fannin counties in North Central Texas
Programs: student scholarships; upgrading new equipment and technology to support student success; and obtaining grants to support new programs such as hospitality management and culinary arts, faculty training opportunities,support services to enhance student completion among unique populations such as first generation college students and Veterans, and facility expansion or new construction.

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Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

With the increase in expenses, I believe the community college is the only hope for many kids. Grayson does this in spades . The product is something in which to be proud, college prep, nursing or vocational.
There is financial help for anyone who needs it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None at this time

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a former student and employee at Grayson College, I am pleased with the job that the Grayson County College foundation does in getting funding for our students and our programs. The Foundation employees are all hardworking and cheerful, and are the reason for the Foundation's rapid growth over the past few years.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Grayson County College is a wonderful institution in the pleasant rolling hill-country of far north Texas. During my past year at Grayson, I've met the most enthusiastic, honest, hard-working, driven, talented, & genuine students I've ever taught in my life.

The student body at Grayson works diligently to achieve success, and display such earnestness in their desire to achieve an education, it warms my heart to be able to work with them regularly. The students come to class prepared & ready to learn on a daily basis, and the devoted staff and faculty provide these students with a top-quality education, driven by their own passions and desires to see Grayson students succeed and achieve their goals.

Grayson College has impressed me thoroughly in every regard. It is rare to find such talented teachers and students working so closely together to achieve common goals. Grayson is a model of what a college community should be like, and I completely expect to see the college grow in stature over the coming decades as it continues to serve Grayson county and the north Texas area.

- Robert F.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Faculty member and program director, I am constantly amazed of the service and product offered by the Grayson College Foundation. As the Theatre Director, I have seen first hand how many students have been granted money and have benefited from this organization. I don't know how they do it, but I'm glad they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former student at Grayson College and support the work of the GC Foundation. Grayson serves a diverse group of students, many who do not have the resources to attend college. With the help of the GC Foundation, these students are able to pursue their goals and become more productive members of our community. Luckily, many people in our community are aware of the work of the Foundation and support it generously. The staff at the Foundation work tirelessly to be able to help our students, and further support could help "just one more."

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Watching the Grayson Colege Foundation in action is amazing. The energy and effort put out by the Foundation staff far exceeds their job descriptions. The scholarships they award to students truly transform lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a 2011 Alumni of Grayson College I know that the Foundation helped me in attending classes and finishing my Associates in Music here. Also as I transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce I was able to receive my Bachelors Degree and with the help of a Ray and Mary Morrison transfer scholarship from the Foundation I was able to continue my education and graduate in 2013 from there. Without the help I would not have financially been able to go to college. My parents could not afford to send me to college because of the cost but wanted me to get a higher education and as a non-traditional student I knew that it was also my responsibility to go to school. The people that work in the Foundation Office and Board are amazing individuals and their goal of helping to provide ways for others to achieve their dreams is very important and dear to their hearts. It was an honor to continue my education with the help of my alumni Grayson College to be my encourager as I went on to TAMU-C. This really helped me on rough days because I knew that I accomplished my goal at GC and that they were there helping me to achieve my current goal from a distance. Every semester it also helped me to keep my goals high because I knew to keep my scholarships I had to have my grade point average high, helping me to push it even higher. The support that I received made a huge difference in my life because someone believed in me helping me to accomplish my dreams of a degree. I always encourage others to go to Grayson and start their dreams and always remind them of scholarships offered by the Foundation by telling them of my experiences. It is a great school with great faculty and staff. They truly care for you and want the best for you. Without the Foundation I would not have been able to complete this journey of obtaining both of my degrees and to them I am forever grateful. One day I plan on helping others in college somehow to pay it forward.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As both a member of the Grayson College Foundation Board and an adjunct faculty member, I know how very important the Foundation and the aid it provides are to the area. So many of my students simply would not have the opportunity to continue their education and fulfill their dreams without the scholarship money, the Foundation provides. Money is, of course, the greatest help, but just the idea that someone, some entity believes in them has made the difference in many of my students' lives. The Foundation is truly one of the most meaningful associations of my career.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When my wife and I (at 50 years old) decided to change my life's career direction from sales to serving children who may otherwise not receive a real shot, or encouragement, at building a successful life; many of our friends and family found the idea..... unique to say the least! (Those closest to me believed I was losing my mind in a mid-life crisis!) In reality, I wanted to do something meaningful with my life to satisfy the ever present desire in my heart to serve the young people in our society. Young dreamers who may not otherwise have the encouragement needed to pursue a successful and fulfilling destiny. Besides, I figured there was still 15 or 20 years left in my tank!

Together, we made a commitment that I would earn a college degree in order to accomplish a very worthy goal. I entered Grayson County College to begin my journey. Ironically, while attending GCC, I suffered open-heart surgery and spinal replacement surgery. In addition to those challenges, I was sending 2 kids through college; and due to budget cut-backs, my wife lost her job (which we had heavily counted on in our decision-making!)

Between the co-pays, medical out-of-pocket costs and lost income, my dream seemed under attack, and growing more impossible! If not for Grayson County College Scholarships, I do not believe I could have completed my Associates degree at GCC; and then been able to transfer to Southeastern Oklahoma State University; where I am set to graduate next year with a Teaching Degree in Social Studies. I am going to be a History teacher!

I am forever indebted to the Grayson Foundation for giving me a chance to be put in the position of impacting perhaps hundreds of lives in the coming years. The financial aid with which the Foundation has so graciously blessed me, has indeed changed my life - and perhaps will serve to someday better the world!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Grayson County College Foundation, has helped me since I moved out here to this area for school. the foundation has helped me with my financial burden every semester when I needed help. this foundation is all about helping student who want to better themselves. At previous schools I have attended, this is the only school that has went over and beyond to help me. I greatly appreciate what this foundation has done for me.

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