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From the Foundation Chairman

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Wallace Community College Foundation, Dr. Linda C. Young, and her extraordinary staff at the College, I am pleased to present the Annual Report for 2013.

We are excited to report that the Foundation and the College are enjoying unequalled success.  The College recorded an enrollment of 4,697 students for the fall term. During the previous year, a number of outstanding new staff and faculty members have been employed, and the College has managed, with the help of the Foundation, to provide strong educational programs and award scholarships to deserving students. Dr. Young and I are very grateful for the support our community provides to the Foundation and to our community college.

As a Board, we continue to work in partnership with the College to ensure access to education and improve opportunities for success for our students. We funded 147 scholarships last year totaling $115,654. The Board also designated $40,000 to fund Career Technical scholarships to provide a greater opportunity for students to achieve their educational goals. Those student recipients are working hard to develop marketable skills, and most of them will remain in our region to work and raise their families. We are proud of them and their accomplishments. They are the reasons we serve.

The Foundation was extremely proud of the community support of the two fundraising efforts during the year.  The inaugural fundraiser, An Evening in Little Italy, was hosted in October 2013 at the St. Andrews Market in Dothan.  Over 350 individuals attended the event, raising over $65,000 for scholarships.  In April 2014, the Foundation’s Golf  “Fore” Education Tournament was hosted at the Highland Oaks Golf Course.  Approximately $16,000 was raised for additional scholarship funds. The combined earnings from the two events were used to establish the Spirit of Community Scholarship Fund. 

The Foundation is indeed fortunate to have the support of the WCC family as well as friends throughout the Wiregrass community. Community donors demonstrate a commitment to a strong educational system for this region, and the Foundation appreciates the faith these individuals have in our mission. The individuals support the Foundation through generous gifts of their personal time and their financial resources. We express our sincere gratitude to each of the many men and women who have been dedicated servants to the College through their contributions to the Wallace Community College Foundation Board.

We are also grateful to each of you for your continued friendship and support, and we pledge to you our best effort at strengthening the Wiregrass area and its local workforce through education and training.

Peter A. McInish