Miller Foundation returns to match foundation funds
The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation has already raised more than $120,000 during the 2009-2010 academic year — and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation is going to contribute $120,000 in matching funds to that total.
This will create at least 42 scholarships to be awarded this fall.
Oregon’s 17 community colleges were challenged to raise more than $100,000 for scholarships by the Miller Foundation, and a specific target amount was set for each school, to be matched by the foundation.
The challenge for MHCC, as the fourth largest community college in the state, was to raise $120,000. That amount was determined based on the size of enrollment.
The MHCC Foundation is in charge of raising funds for the college, and arrived a little shy of that amount during the 2008-2009 school year, raising $106,707.
Despite not reaching the goal amount that year, the Miller Foundation matched the amount raised.
The Miller Foundation is a private, independent organization that was born from the desire to “enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education,” according to its website.
Also, it was the hope of James F. and Marion L. Miller that their, “legacy would serve as an example of what is possible given commitment, hard work, and the gift of time.
Cassie McVeety, vice president of college advancement, said she wants students to know that “raising money for scholarships is an important aspect of what we do (at the foundation).”
The MHCC Foundation was established in 1969 as a non-profit organization responsible for receiving, holding and disbursing private funds in support of the students and educational programs at the college.
Students interested in eligibility of the Miller Foundation scholarship funds should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
They must seek an Oregon Opportunity Grant and must be working toward a certificate, professional license or associate degree.
You can make a tax-deductible gift to the MHCC Foundation by sending a check to Mt. Hood Community College Foundation, 26000 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030, or by contacting them at 503-491-7206.
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