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Grayson County College Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alumni Associations, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Speaking on behalf of The Grayson County College Foundation is the most rewarding experience i have ever had. Telling people how they have changed my future is very exciting. Without this wonderful group of people, i would not be having the time of my life. Without them there would not be a next phase to my future. I am go grateful to each and every one o them. Thank you! Crystal Turnage

Donor

Rating: 5

Here is a np that really helps veterans. In the case of one vet I have met - he held two jobs, went to school full time and a working wife with children at home. He travelled over 100 miles for reserve drill weekends. He was so delighted to receive a GC scholarship that enabled him to continue his education. While that scholarship was small to start, just the idea of his dedication and gratitude helped it to grow almost instantly and to continue for other veterans. GC is a great supporter of our veterans in many ways, but the work of the Foundation leads them all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people who helped to get my scholarships to me, so I could attend college.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Grayson College Foundation has helped me in so many ways! I applied for one and was awarded it then was able to receive another one about a week into school because I met all the qualifications for it! I can't thank them enough for helping so much! I am currently in the Dental Assisting program and it has helped tremendously with the expensive book bundle and other supplies!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The GC Foundation has helped me tremendously! I am currently a student in the MLT Program and hope to graduate very soon. I highly ecourage my classmates to cooperate with the college in whatever way possible. I believe it's a way of giving back for the assistance we receive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I give to Grayson College Foundation because Grayson's very reasonable tuition is still out of reach for high school graduates from low-income families, single parents, mature workers who have been laid off, etc. If you help someone get an education, your donation is multiplied many times as that person spends money locally, pays taxes, and hopefully is then able to ensure their own children are educated.

The Foundation and College as a whole are good stewards of the donors' and taxpayers' dollars.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The GC Foundation has not only helped my peers and I obtain our education, they have worked hard to recognize us for our hard work. They have also supported me in my transition from student to teacher and leader.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grayson College is actively changing lives everyday. Grayson College Foundation is filled with compassionate folks contributing to opening up the life changing opportunity to students. They are visible in the community and their organization of fund raising is incredible. I am proud to have ties to this wonderful organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Grayson College is in the business of changing lives by preparing people to be competitive in the world of work. The Foundation is very supportive of students who need financial support in order to improve their education. Grayson College Foundation is and will continue to make a difference by providing financial support to deserving students.

2 Debbie187

Board Member

Rating: 5

Grayson County College Foundation supports the mission of Grayson College and plays a major role to ensure that our students have access to a quality education and that they are successful once enrolled. It is amazing to watch our community join with the leadership of the Foundation and College to support students obtain their dreams. The generosity of donors and the commitment of everyone to strategically fund scholarships and innovative programs, many times, makes the difference for a student. When students succeed so do their families and communities.

2 mackb

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Earning a college degree is one of the most important steps towards entering the working world and one of the most important investments that students can make for their future. Yet the cost of this investment is higher today than ever before. As a retired Grayson College Dean, current Grayson College Trustee, and co-chairing the 2015 Grayson College Foundation Scholarship Drive with my wife, gives us the opportunity and joys of working in the Grayson College Foundation at virtually all levels. We see and feel the interest and understanding which manifest itself into financial assistance for many students that absolutely transform their lives into employable workers and productive members of our community. Obtaining scholarship funds for qualified students that could not attend college without the help and understanding of our Grayson College Foundation which is what we do so very well. Dr. Mack R. and Sandra Broiles.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Grayson College Foundation has a vital roll in meeting the needs of our community. Think about innovation and where it fits in with our goal in dramatically improving our students' success. Our goal is to be able and willing to provide scholarships for any student (young and older) so they can pursue their dream to obtain the needed skills to transfer to a senior college or obtain a new skill to keep their job or to achieve skills that will allow them to get a promotion. We feel honored to have invested in a foundation that will continue to help students achieve their dream of having skills learned in college that will pay high dividends in their career. With this fund, we can lift our students up by giving them the opportunity to respond to the new workforce needs of a real ecomony. It is critical the we give our students the skills required to dramatically improve our students' success in achieving the dream of economic opportunity. We must and will continue to finance this much needed foundation for our future Grayson College Students. Dr. and Mrs. Mack R. Broiles

2 Ronnie C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both our larger local high schools have a high rate of students in low income situations that need financial aid to attend college. Since 1995, our foundation has gone from giving 4 scholarships to more than 500 each year, a tremendous growth in giving! If not for the efforts of the foundation members, many of these students would not have the opportunity to continue their education. Great job to all associated with Grayson College Foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The GCC Foundation reaches out to the community and makes a definite impact on the youth of Grayson County.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Welding Rodeo that they sponsor is outstanding. I have had a great number of students that have participated and benefitted from this. Several of my students have received scholarships, but all of my students that have participated have benefitted from their participation in this GREAT event. As an Agricultural Science teacher I am always looking for things for students to participate in, that will have a positive impact on their future. The Grayson College Welding Rodeo has been an outstanding event that has benefitted my students.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.