Changing lives, one student at a time
Hello and Welcome!
On behalf of the Board of Directors we thank you for your interest in learning more about the Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) Foundation.
Our non-profit, tax-exempt corporation was established in 1970 to provide assistance to SMC students who desire to enhance their lives through education and training. The goal of the SMC Foundation is to bridge the financial gap between the needs and resources of the students at Southwestern Michigan College. The SMC Foundation also supports the College in areas that are not funded through taxes, tuition, and grants.
Through the years, the SMC Foundation has received bequests and donations of varying sizes. Fundraising is performed on a continual basis through special events, annual giving campaigns and planned gifts.
Currently, we have over 160 scholarships and endowments in existence with the Foundation. Every single one of those endowments helps us carry out our motto, “changing lives, one student at a time.” In 2014, SMC awarded $536,000 in scholarships, given a majority of our students are financially needy based on federal guidelines. Over the years, the Foundation has also provided funding assistance to many projects including campus beautification, maintenance of the Roadrunner Trails, and recently the SMC student-led Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) club. We were also able to help provide funding to Down State Left Musicals, a cross-community arts initiative where high school students from across the region participate with our own SMC students in musical productions.
If you have an interest in donating to the Foundation, I strongly encourage you to contact our Executive Director, Eileen Toney; you can do so by clicking the Foundation email address above. I would also encourage you to stop by campus to visit the Alumni Welcome Center and History Gallery. So much has happened with the college and the Foundation in the 50 years since its inception, you have to see it to truly appreciate all the growth and changes!
Please feel free to take a look around our Community and Alumni pages. We hope to hear from you soon!
Virginia Kairis Crawford
Southwestern Michigan College Foundation