Through the Foundation’s Planned Giving Program, options exist for current or deferred gifts which may include gifts of insurance polices, provisions of a will, the establishment of trusts, real or personal property, or gifts of cash or securities. Planned giving is a major component in the Foundation’s efforts to provide educational opportunities for tomorrow’s students.
Establishing an Endowment
An endowment can be created with a minimum gift of $15,000. The principal amount donated to establish an endowment is never reduced and only the interest income is used to fund the scholarship. The Executive Director will meet with you to discuss giving options and the criteria of the scholarship.
A minimum gift, equal to the cost of tuition, is required to name a scholarship.
Examples of Endowed Scholarships and Named Scholarships can be found in the Foundation Scholarship Directory.
Gifts to the Foundation Provide
The Foundation awarded 499 scholarships this year. That was more than $326,000.00 dollars invested in education by caring donors. In February of each year, a reception is held to honor the scholarship recipients and to thank the donors of the scholarships.
Excellence In Teaching Awards
An endowment established by an anonymous donor funds the George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Awards. The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually at the WCC graduation commencement to an outstanding faculty member. The recipient of the award receives a check for $4,000 and the opportunity to attend NISOD, an international conference on Teaching Excellence. (The recipient for the 2014-2015 year was Anna Anaya-Vega.)
The Foundation annually recognizes and awards Employee of the Year Awards to the staff of Wayne Community College. Four awards of $875 each are awarded to a deserving individual from Operational and Maintenance Staff, Professional Staff, Professional Support Staff and Adjunct Faculty. Warren Baker (Operational & Maintenance), Annette Hill (Professional Support), Melanie Jenkins (Professional) and Ann Lee (Adjunct Faculty) are this years recipients.
Faculty Distinguished Chairs
A special gift has been given by an anonymous donor to the Foundation in recognition of WCC Faculty members who have distinguished themselves at WCC and in the community at large. The annual gift of $11,000 allows us to award two distinguished chairs for the use of travel abroad or professional development. Faculty recipients who travel must give a presentation of their experience to students, faculty and staff and the community.
The following faculty have received the Distinguish Chair Award: 2004 – Peggy Womble and Beth Hooks; 2005 – Cindy Archie and Gene Smith; 2006 – Faye Best and Rosalyn Lomax; 2007- Kathryn Spicer and Rachel Hall; 2008 – Margaret Baddour and Charlotte Brow; 2009 – Craig Foucht and Phyllis Patterson; 2010 – Todd King and Anna Anaya-Vega; 2011 – Joanne McClave and Angela Wall; 2012- Tammy Bishop and Fe Finch; 2013-David Byrd and Janeil Marak; 2014- Maureen Loomer and Chad Pate; 2015-Katina Davis and Glenn Royster.
Karl M. Best Agricultural Leadership Program
A gift from the estate of Karl M. Best to the Foundation led to the development of the Karl M. Best Leadership Program. Sponsored annually by the Foundation and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension, the program is designed to help develop leadership skills among farmers in our farming community as well as among agribusinesses. With the demise of local farms, there is a greater need to establish leadership within the farming community to have a voice in local, state and national policies.
The gift also provides scholarships to students enrolled in WCC agricultural programs. The Best Family, Lillie, Myra and Johnny, continue to stay involved in the Leadership Program.
For The Love Of Tennis
Health restrictions prevented an avid tennis player and coach from enjoying the game. Out of his desire for others to enjoy tennis, a special gift of $46,000 was given to the Foundation by the former coach. The gift was designated for the construction of tennis courts.
This wonderful gift helped fund the construction of six Elmer Crumpler tennis courts for Wayne Community College students, faculty, and staff.