NSCC Foundation Gives $559,396 to Support Students

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on August 25, 2017. Peter Beck, chair of the NSCC Foundation, presented a check for $559,396 to the College from the Northwest State Community College Foundation. The money is designated for scholarships, equipment, STEM outreach programs and support for students.

(L to R): Board Chair Paul Siebenmorgen, NSCC Foundation Chair Peter Beck, NSCC Director of Development Robbin Wilcox, and NSCC President Tom Stuckey.

(L to R): Board Chair Paul Siebenmorgen, NSCC Foundation Chair Peter Beck, NSCC Director of Development Robbin Wilcox, and NSCC President Tom Stuckey.

Nearly $3 million has been provided through the generosity of businesses and individuals who have supported the Foundation over the past ten years. Beck praised donors, volunteers and NSCC staff for their ongoing efforts.

Paul Siebenmorgen, NSCC Board of Trustees Chair, added, “The growth (of Foundation support to NSCC) can’t happen without the community support. It shows the commitment our communities have to supporting the College.”

The NSCC Foundation has over 25 board and committee members representing Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties. “The Northwest State Community College Foundation donors have made a tremendous impact for our students with their generosity,” commented Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development.

Abram Klopfenstein, second-year NSCC crop and soil management student, also provided an informative update to the Board following his recent meeting in Washington D.C. with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, where the focus was on agriculture and education. Klopfenstein cited a key benefit of Northwest State: its ability to work with the community to identify needs and provide the right training and education. “Community Colleges are engaged in what the local communities need and can create programs to address those needs,” Klopfenstein said.

In other Board action:
• Approved employment contracts for Terri Lavin, full-time director of admissions; Verna Chears, full-time outreach specialist for the Custom Training Solutions Division; and Samantha Morr, full-time secretary, admissions and student services
• Approved miscellaneous employment contracts, resignations and one layoff
• Approved the adoption and implementation of the state-supported Career Advantage Fee for new students. The one-time fee, approved by the State of Ohio on August 4, is part of a new Career Advantage Plan to assist new students in their degree completion and/or transfer in the future in pursuit of additional post-secondary education.

NSCC Proud Day: June 30, 2017

Whether you are a current student, graduate, employee or a supporter of the NSCC Foundation, show your pride by participating in NSCC Proud Day on June 30, 2017. It’s easy! Wear or display your NSCC gear and take a photo or video. Share it on social media using #NSCCProud or upload it to our Facebook page. Check out some of last year’s photos for inspiration, and get creative!

NSCC Proud


2017 Green Carpet Event

Thank you to the sponsors, attendees, advertisers and volunteers who helped make this year’s Green Carpet Event a success. The NSCC Foundation is grateful for your support and generosity. Every dollar raised will help us make an impact on the lives of students at Northwest State.

The evening also recognized the 2017 Making a Difference Award winners.
Individual: Denise Herman McColley
Business: North Star BlueScope Steel
Organization: Sarah’s Friends

See more photos from the evening.

Making a Difference 2017

Scholarship Reception Speaker: Teena Pinckney

Like many NSCC students, Teena Pinckney has experienced her share of setbacks and challenges. Despite the uncertainty of what her future holds, Teena is certain that the education she is receiving at Northwest State will change her life. Teena was the student speaker at this year’s scholarship reception, sharing the emotional story of her educational journey. Both she and her husband, Donald, received scholarships this year thanks to generous donors and the NSCC Foundation.

NSCC Foundation Awards Record Scholarship Dollars

The Northwest State Community College Foundation awarded a record $400,000 in scholarships to 238 students from throughout northwest Ohio. This marks another record year in both the dollars given out and the number of students receiving financial help through the generosity of donors to the NSCC Foundation.

On Thursday, April 6, students and donors filled the NSCC Atrium to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and offer gratitude for the support of local donors.

“Northwest State students do an incredible job balancing school, family and work,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “The generous support of our donors helps students financially and instills confidence that they can meet their educational goals.”

Teena Pinckney, student speaker, gave an emotional speech about her education journey.

Teena Pinckney, student speaker, gave an emotional speech about her education journey.

Teena Pinckney is one of those students, and she shared her personal journey to higher education with the audience. Pinckney and her husband, Donald, are both full-time students at Northwest State. She recalled some highs and lows of their personal and educational paths.

Her journey had her dropping out of college, working jobs to barely get by, and relocating to Georgia and back to northwest Ohio. Pinckney related her challenges to that of so many other college students, noting “we have all been in similar situations and we’ve all felt like we must be the only one struggling.”

She encouraged all students to continue their education and achieve to strive to achieve their goals. She concluded with a heartfelt thanks to the NSCC Foundation, noting her confidence that her education will change her life for the better.

“The NSCC Foundation makes a concerted effort each year to increase funding to support our students through both scholarships and efforts to provide state of the art training equipment,” noted Wilcox. “The NSCC Foundation is not only giving more scholarships than ever before, they are also helping the College to develop and expand programs that will help students today and in the future.”

NSCC Foundation Welcomes Three Board Members

The NSCC Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of three members to the board of directors: Robin Brinegar, Aaron Miller and Mickey Schwarzbek.

Robin BrinegarRobin Brinegar of Fayette, Ohio, is a principal and manager at Shultz Huber and Associates in Archbold. She received her associate degree in accounting from Northwest State and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Defiance College.



Aaron.MillerAaron Miller of Napoleon, Ohio, is an account manager for Metzgers in Toledo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management and accounting from Pikeville College in Kentucky. He has resided in northwest Ohio for 14 years.



Mickey Schwarzbek cMickey Schwarzbek of Sherwood, Ohio, serves as president/CEO at Sherwood State Bank. He earned an associate degree of applied business in accounting from Northwest State and a bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership from Defiance College.



The NSCC Foundation Board is comprised of 25 individuals from the business and community sectors. The mission of the NSCC Foundation is to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so it can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning.

NSCC Proud: John & Diane Gustwiller

Diane and John believe in giving back, and they are proud supporters of the NSCC Foundation because they also believe in Northwest State’s mission. As a Northwest State graduate, John has first-hand experience with the opportunities that a quality education can provide. The couple has also seen the positive impact that education has on our local communities and economy, and they continue to support the Foundation’s efforts to put higher education within reach for everyone.

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2017 Making a Difference Award Nominations

Each year, countless individuals, organizations and businesses make a positive difference in the six-county area that Northwest State Community College serves. The NSCC Foundation created the Making a Difference Award to recognize those who are making an impact and to inspire service in others.

The Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2017 awards in the categories of individual, organization and business. Learn more about the award, see a list of past winners, and download the nomination formAward nominations are due to the NSCC Foundation Office by November 30, 2016.

The Making a Difference Awards will be presented during a special celebratory event in May 2017. For more information, contact Robbin Wilcox at 419.267.1460 or rwilcox@NorthwestState.edu.