Posted at 12 p.m. Feb. 7, 2017
Record year for foundations
Foundations awarde 460 scholarships in the fall of 2016
Laramie County Community College had its best year in foundation history in 2016. There were 460 total foundation scholarships awarded for the fall of 2016, totaling $173,156.
LCCC takes in a large amount of foundation donations each year. One of the institution’s major goals for donations is developing priorities, such as developing the library into a training and learning commons where students can advance their full potential forward. One of 2016’s largest donors, Mary Jo Carson, once a local school teacher in Cheyenne, left a reported $1.2 million to the foundation last year. Her wishes were for half of the donation to have no restrictions and the other half go to students and the outreach center. The remainder will be used for scholarships in the name of her father.
Interim Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Lisa Trimble said, “We are always looking for new donations, but the majority of our donations do come from repeat donators.”
Donations are important to the institution and a lot of donators are alumni, local philanthropists and local organizations.
“The LCCC Board of Trustees has agreed on developing priorities until 2018 and also set forth annual goals for the school, the library being the main project for budget spending for its renovation and restructure into a learning commons,” Trimble said. “Priorities also include scholarships and athletics, in which the Board will decide where funding is best suited.”