NSCC Foundation Awards $661,000 in Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation proudly awarded $661,000 in scholarships to 282 students from the region. The total dollars awarded surpasses last year’s record totals, offering needed financial help to students through the generosity of donors to the NSCC Foundation.

On Thursday, May 28, the College premiered a virtual reception, to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and offer gratitude for the support of local donors.

“COVID-19 may have kept us from meeting in person this year, but the Foundation was determined to put a great celebration together,” said Robbin Wilcox, executive director of development & the NSCC Foundation. “We wanted to make sure our learners knew how proud we are of their amazing accomplishments, and we wanted our generous donors to know how grateful we are for their support. It is through their generosity that these scholarships exist,” Wilcox noted.

Due to COVID-19, the Scholarship Awards Reception was held as a pre-recorded, virtual reception, which premiered May 28 on the College’s official YouTube channel. Elements of the video were filmed at the NSCC Archbold campus, as well as other locations throughout northwest Ohio. The event kicked off with opening remarks by NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson and NSCC Foundation Board Chair Peter Beck, each providing congratulatory remarks to both students and gratitude to the donors who make the scholarships possible.

Adam Freels, NSCC Foundation board member, provided the donor perspective, noting, “It is truly inspiring to witness the great work of our community to make a difference in the lives of our students, who will then go on to make positive impacts with our local businesses and organizations.”

Ariel Weaks, a 2013 NSCC nursing graduate and nurse at BrightView Toledo Treatment Addiction Center in Maumee, provided the student perspective. Weaks was awarded the NSCC Presidential Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship. With an older brother and sister already in college, this scholarship helped pave the way for Weaks to receive a great college education. The family showed its gratitude by creating the Weaks Family Scholarship, available to residents of Swan Creek Township in Fulton County (or direct descendants of the Plymouth Pilgrims) pursuing a four-year or advanced degree in nursing, medical, accounting or law.

“I am very thankful and grateful for what Northwest State did for me. I am proud to be a Northwest State graduate,” Weaks said.

The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.

“The NSCC Foundation continues to work hard each year to increase funding to support our students through both scholarships and efforts to provide state of the art training equipment,” noted Wilcox.  She added, “The NSCC Foundation is not only giving more scholarship dollars than ever before, they are also helping the College to develop and expand programs that will help both students and our business partners for generations to come.”

Additional information about the NSCC Foundation is available online.

NSCC Foundation Receives Ag Grant

The Northwest State Community College Foundation received a $3,000 Agriculture Action and Awareness Grant from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The grant funds will allow NSCC to offer two summer camps that will expand the knowledge of agriculture among northwest Ohio youth. NSCC will partner with Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District on the project. The camps are expected to serve up to 50 students, ages 10-15, from the College’s six-county service area of Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Van Wert counties.

Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and the NSCC Foundation, noted, “By offering hands-on activities and visits to agricultural facilities, we will provide opportunities for youth to explore careers in agriculture. This is vital not only for the future of agriculture, but for the economic development in our local communities.”

Wilcox noted the success of the 2017 ag camp held at the College’s Archbold campus, and shared the upcoming camps, “will promote the sharing of fundamental concepts in agriculture, demonstrating how agriculture improves lives. We are grateful for the generous support of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation for helping make these camps a reality in 2020.”

The project seeks to accomplish three main goals: 1) Teach students the fundamentals of agricultural science and its impact in their daily lives and future; 2) Spark interest among youth to pursue careers in agriculture; 3) Promote mentorship and networking between the youth and local agricultural businesses.

ABOUT THE OHIO FARM BUREAU FOUNDATION
The Ohio Farm Bureau is “a grassroots membership organization that works to support our state’s food and farm community.” The campaign for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation “will expand our endowment to provide increased support for scholarships and professional development opportunities allowing individuals to advance their knowledge, share ideas, and improve people’s lives.” Foundation support provides student scholarships, funds for innovation in the communities, and much more – all helping to drive economic growth through agriculture. Additional information on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is available online at OFBF.org/foundation/.

The dates and details of these summer ag camps are not yet confirmed. Once finalized, complete information will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events.

NSCC Foundation Receives FRS Grant

The Northwest State Community College Foundation received a $5,000 community grant from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), to conduct a three-day cybersecurity and telecommunications summer camp for high school students in northwest Ohio in 2020. Per FRS, the camp will, “instill cybersecurity awareness, spark interests and provide hands on technical skills.”

Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and the NSCC Foundation, noted that the grant, “provides another exciting opportunity for Northwest State to provide high school students from our area with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in high-tech areas.” Wilcox also noted her appreciation for the Foundation of Rural Service and its ongoing commitment to engagement efforts in rural communities.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR RURAL SERVICE

FRS is the philanthropic arm of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, which includes Farmers Mutual Telephone Company as a member. FRS advances the quality of life in rural communities through programs that support young people in rural areas, encourage community development, and help the public – especially policymakers – better understand the challenges that rural communities face.

The dates and details of this summer camp are not yet confirmed. Once finalized, complete information on the cybersecurity and telecommunications summer camp will be available at NorthwestState.edu/Events.

NSCC Foundation Presents Check to Board of Trustees

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, October 25 on the Archbold campus. After roll call, Robbin Wilcox, executive director for development and NSCC Foundation Board representative Brian Roth presented the Board with a check in the amount of $765,431. The money is designated for student scholarships, equipment, outreach programs and student support efforts.

Nearly $5 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Brian Roth, NSCC Foundation representative, noted that the support comes from within the NSCC campus, as well as throughout the community. “I don’t know of a more valuable resource that this area has, and we’re very proud to be a part of (NSCC),” Roth noted.

During the presentation, Roth noted the necessity for the skills and training an NSCC education provides in areas such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and agriculture, among others.

The NSCC Foundation has approximately 30 board and committee members representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties.

NSCC AGRIBUSINESS
The Board also heard from Michael Leonard, department chair for agricultural studies, about the proposed agribusiness degree program at NSCC. Leonard shared information about the prevalence of science and technology in ag-related studies, as well as his ongoing efforts to forge strategic partnerships with ag-related organizations, boards and area schools.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the promotion of Makenzie Warncke to associate director-financial aid
  • Approved the employment of Matthew Gomez, custodian; Jason Baun, working supervisor/facility maintenance; and Kaylea Scott, financial aid counselor
  • Approved the 2019-2020 revised budget
  • Approved a monetary donation of $500 for the Veterans Lounge and a monetary donation of $100 for networking events, as gifts to the College
  • Approved the offering of the Associate of Applied Science-Agribusiness degree program
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and one resignation

Green Carpet Event Raises Over $80,000 for Student Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation recently hosted its tenth annual Green Carpet Event, “Golden Gala,” and raised over $80,000. All proceeds from the event go directly to student scholarships. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2019 Making a Difference Awards, which were created by the NSCC Foundation as a way to recognize and celebrate individuals, businesses and organizations in the six-county area committed to improving their communities. This year’s recipients were the Four County ADAMHs Board, the Bryan Area Foundation and Keller Logistics (Operation KAVIC).

In addition to the Making a Difference Awards, the Green Carpet Event included an unforgettable performance by Piano Wars!™ Premier Dueling Pianos. Gourmet food stations, a cash bar and a silent auction rounded out the festivities, as the Auditorium and surrounding areas were decorated in the event’s “Golden Gala” theme, which is an homage to NSCC celebrating 50 years of service.

“The Green Carpet Event and the Making a Difference Awards celebrate hard work, community support and giving,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “We work year-round to raise awareness and needed funds for student scholarships, and this event is a critical piece of those efforts. Within a month’s time, we have hosted the Scholarship Awards Night, our spring Commencement Ceremony, and now the Green Carpet Event. We are blessed to work in a community where people want to help make a difference for others,” Wilcox continued.

A special recap program of the NSCC Green Carpet Event will soon be available on the Northwest State YouTube channel and will be distributed to local television providers for airing consideration.

About the NSCC Foundation
The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For over 40 years, the foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.

Brew & Clue: Oct. 12, 2018

beer glassJoin us for opening night of Clue on Stage!, along with a craft beer tasting. The evening includes food, drinks and a special presentation by Bob Hall of Black Cloister Brewing Co. Brewmasters will be on site to talk about their beers.

When: Friday, October 12, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Lobby of the Voinovich Auditorium at NSCC
Who: Beers from Two Bandits Brewing Co., Father John’s and Drop Tine Winery & Tap House will be featured.

 

Advanced tickets are available for $25 each. Proceeds benefit the NSCC Foundation.

Register Now

 

NSCC Foundation Makes Record-Setting Donation

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, August 24, 2018, on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation executive director of development, and Peter Beck, NSCC Foundation board chairperson, presented a record-setting check for $808,682 to the College from the NSCC Foundation. The money is designated for student scholarships, equipment, STEM outreach programs and support for students.

NSCC Foundation Presents Check

Pictured from left to right are Robbin Wilcox, NSCC Foundation executive director of development; Peter Beck, NSCC Foundation board chairperson; Jeffrey Erb, NSCC Board of Trustees chairperson; and Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC president.

Over $4 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Peter Beck, chair of the NSCC Foundation, noted that the support comes from within the NSCC campus, as well as throughout the community. “The (NSCC) Foundation works hard to allow us to do the things we can do for this College and its students,” Beck said. “This is a very exciting

The NSCC Foundation has approximately 30 board and committee members representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment contracts of Ashlynn Cox, accounts payable clerk; Donald (Chris) Gomez, technician-network/systems technology; Kayleigh Nofziger, assistant-financial aid; Megan Leppelmeier, administrative assistant-Arts & Sciences Division; Tracy Deblin, student accounts receivable clerk; Erin Jacob, clinical teaching assistant (nursing); and Linette Will, nursing faculty
  • Approved the transfer contract of Annette Oberhaus, coordinator-nursing lab
  • Approved the title changes of James Drewes, executive director-workforce development; Kathryn McKelvey, vice president-human resources & leadership development; and Robbin Wilcox executive director-development & NSCC Foundation
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and resignations
  • Approved the College to locally administer the ‘B’ Building renovations ($2.329 million), as required for capital projects under $4 million
  • Approved a motion that “guest” and other student populations, as a group that will not utilize the services funded by the career advantage fee and career service fee for new students, will now be exempt from being assessed those fee

NSCC Foundation Raises Over $70,000 for Student Scholarships

The Northwest State Community College Foundation recently hosted its annual Green Carpet Event, “Denim & Diamonds,” and raised over $70,000. All proceeds from the event go directly to student scholarships. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Making a Difference Awards, which were created by the NSCC Foundation as a way to recognize and celebrate an individual, business and organization in the six-county area committed to improving their communities. This year’s recipients were Ed & Carol Nofziger, Parkview Physicians Group and Quadco Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to the Making a Difference Awards, the Green Carpet Event included a musical performance by Kerry Patrick Clark and a fun stage show featuring “Magic With Eli.” Gourmet food stations, a cash bar and a silent auction rounded out the festivities, as the Auditorium and surrounding areas were decorated in the event’s “Denim & Diamonds” theme.

“The Green Carpet Event and the Making a Difference Awards celebrate hard work, community support and giving,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “We work year-round to raise awareness and needed funds for student scholarships, and this event is a critical piece of those efforts. It’s fitting that we had our scholarship awards night, commencement, and then Green Carpet all within about a month’s time,” she continued. “It’s the circle of education.”

A special recap program of the NSCC Green Carpet Event will be available on TV26, and is also available on the Northwest State YouTube channel.

The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For nearly 40 years, the foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.