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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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students

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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Diana L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help of the Grayson County College Foundation I would not have been able to attend and earn my degree in Culinary Arts. Because of this Degree I am now the Executive Chef of a locally owned Restaurant, locate at Texoma Regional Airport and living my dream. The Foundation gives students a chance to build their futures.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great institution providing genuine help to those who have a desire to succeed. If a student or prospect wants an education, they can achieve it through this foundation. Monetary and mentoring assistance for all who genuinely try to better themselves

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

Thank you to a most dedicated mentor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Grayson County College Foundation has helped so many students obtain their academic goals. They do so much for the community and try to make sure college is affordable for everyone. I have personally received scholarships from this amazing foundation for both the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school years. Without these scholarships, college would have been a lot harder to afford. These scholarships lifted a burden off myself and my family, and allowed me to focus on my school work. Not worrying about how to afford college, I have successfully maintained a 4.0 GPA. I am forever thankful for the Grayson County College Foundation for everything they have done for me and for the whole community.

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

Thank you for your very kind words! So proud of that GPA!

Carrie Randolph B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This Foundation provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for our students each year! Many would not be able to attend college without this help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought to have posted this earlier, but since I see no sign of it here, I am posting again. As a graduate of the first full class, 1965-67, I’ve always been extremely proud to claim Grayson as the school that helped me start a 44-year professional career. And now, at 71, it seems I’m meeting more and more graduates of GC. Just recently a young professional from Sherman who got his bachelor’s degree from Austin College told me it was a great experience starting his college career at Grayson. I loved hearing that.

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

What a great alumni!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have a great machining program which has some high school students enrolled. When textbook cost became an issue the Grayson county College Foundation stepped up and assisted several high school students. Their quick assistance allowed the students to stay in class and finish their course.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work in the Veteran Services Office at Grayson College. Whenever a veteran is in need of some extra funding, our office reaches out to the GC Foundation and help is immediate. The staff there are friendly and always ready to help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization dedicated to student success!

Tina D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked at the GC Foundation for 18 years. I retired from there in Jan, 2015. I truly believe that hundreds - if not thousands of lives were changed...and are continuing to be changed, for the better...due to the financial assistance students received through the generosity of the many wonderful donors who give so freely. It's a very worthy cause, and the funds you give to the GC Foundation are used wisely.

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

Thank you Tina for all that you did and the many hours of hard work you put into this organization!

Andrew S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are here for the community. We are lucky to have such a wonderful asset!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The impact this foundation has made on the life's of thousands of students is priceless. Student's have been given the educational opportunities to change their lives. Hardworking efforts to make the ability to make a difference in student's lives is done everyday by the Grayson County College Foundation, Inc. Their staff is an advocate for being a gamechanger for people's futures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grayson College Foundation plays an important part of Texomaland's student success. The foundation partners with the community and the college to enhance the college going culture in our region.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grayson College Foundation is amazing! As someone who works closely with students, I see first hand the impact of scholarships from the foundation. I work with a large number of students who would not be able to attend school without the help received from the foundation. These students deserve the opportunity for a higher education and the foundation makes that dream reality! I can't put into words the situations some students are in and because of our generous donors and the Grayson Foundation, dreams are coming true!

Advisor

Rating: 5

As an Alumni & faculty member of Grayson College, I am honored to write on behalf of the Foundation. The foundation works very hard on providing scholarships & resources to our students & faculty members on a daily basis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being an alumni for Grayson County College I am so happy to see the works of the Grayson County College Foundation. The work they do to be able to provide scholarships for the students coming into Grayson College is something unlike anywhere else. They truly value on being able to offer scholarships to those in need and that are seeking to get a first class education. Grayson County College Foundation is a blessing to the surrounding community.

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

Another great alum!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an educator, I know what a difference a good foundation can make in helping a college Gain equipment and tools to teach, but to also help students reach their goals. I have seen our foundation do both of these tasks extremely well. They have helped raise funds for equipment and buildings for Culinary Arts, Advanced Manufacturing and athletics. I have also meet several of the students that it has helped over the years and have heard all of the stories of how the foundation helped to transform their lives. This is what I feel non profits should be about, giving people a hand up, not a hand out.

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thompsonj 10/08/2019

What a tremendous asset the Hospitality and Culinary Program has become to our region! Thanks to our fabulous professors!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an instructor, I recently worked with the GC Foundation to create scholarships for students progressing through a prep course and qualifying early for core courses. The requested scholarships were generous and promptly provided to support these students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grayson County College Foundation is supported and respected by the Texoma Community. Both industries and individuals contribute to the success of the foundation to help students overcome obstacles and become successful. Grayson County College Foundation serves a vital part in the education experience of many students who might not otherwise get the chance because of financial barriers.

Kolton H.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have only been here a short time, but have seen the great work this foundation has done for students. The area is growing, and they are providing the opportunity for all students to have a wonderful college experience. With this foundation, they have allowed limitless boundaries for people from all walks of life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Grayson's foundation is a phenomenal charity that helps transform and empower our students lives. Without the amazing efforts from our foundation we would not be able to serve and impact as many students. Thank you for your diligence!