Donors and community partners are a crucial link in providing Whatcom Community College students with the opportunity to turn their educational dreams into reality. Whether funding College services or endowed scholarships, our donors and community partners make it possible for WCC to provide access to high-quality education to everyone.
The WCC Foundation is pleased to recognize the generous private financial support received from alumni, parents, businesses and friends. Thank you to each donor who supports Whatcom; every gift is important and truly makes a difference! The list of donors, as published in our Connect: Report to the Community, recognizes donors with a cumulative giving history of $100 or more. The Trustees of Whatcom Community College have also been actively contributing to the Foundation as a collective group since it was established in 1987.
Donors contributing $1,000 or more annually ($500-$999 for donors 39 years or younger) are invited to become members of the President's Circle, a committed group of loyal supporters inspired to make a significant impact on the lives of individual students and our community.
Profiles in giving
Phyllis and Charles Self
Foundation Board Director and President's Circle Founders Club Members
As devoted supporters of the College since 1998, Charles and Phyllis Self take WCC’s promise of “transforming lives through education” very seriously. The Selfs’ commitment, dedication and talent toward supporting education and the arts has had a significant impact on the College and Whatcom County. “Whatcom is an integral part of our community,” says Phyllis. “We should all be proud of it and support it.” Charles and Phyllis established the Phyllis & Charles Self Scholarship Endowment in 2004, now totaling almost $33,000. The fund awards an annual scholarship to a worthy student with a preference toward returning adult students. “We want to encourage everyone to support this gem that we have in our community. It is an incredible asset, " adds Phyllis.
Chuck Robinson, co-owner Village Books and Paper Dreams
WCC Board of Trustees and Foundation Board Member
Chuck Robinson, co-owner with his wife Dee of Village Books and Paper Dreams, says Whatcom Community College "improves civic life by educating students to be engaged community members. It improves the lives of individuals by providing accessible, quality education that enables them to go on to careers or advanced degrees. You can see the effect Whatcom is having. The time and dollars invested have an immediate pay-off for the students and for our community. There are a lot of worthy causes to support but very few have an immediate impact like this. Whatcom helps to create the thriving, well-educated community in which we all want to live.”
Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson Endowment Supporters
Legacy Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
“Friends of Kitty” founded the Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson Endowed Scholarship to honor an extraordinary woman's lifetime of support for WCC and the community. The scholarship was founded by Babs Baker, Lynn Carpenter, Pamela Cushing, Jean Gorton, Marge Laidlaw, Jacqui MacConnell, Anne Rose, Mary Ellen Shields and Orphalee Smith. Catharine C. (Kitty) Stimpson was a founding member of the WCC Board of Trustees, and was an ardent believer in pursuing personal and professional growth at any age. To reflect this passion, the scholarship provides encouragement for students pursuing higher education in order to achieve career goals. Since its founding, more than $27,000 has been donated to the endowed scholarship fund.
Patricia G. Hite
Leader in Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
Pat Hite has been a significant contributor to WCC and the Foundation since she first began serving as a trustee for the College in 1977. For 12 years, she committed her time and talents as a trustee and served as chair for the board in 1984 and again in 1988. In 2005, Pat joined the Foundation Board and continued her tireless efforts on behalf of students until her retirement in September 2011. Pat’s service to the community—and in particular to Whatcom—has dramatically improved the quality of education in our region over the past three decades and resulted in the fulfillment of thousands of students’ goals and ambitions.
Wilson Engineering, LLC
Leader In Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2011
Since its founding in 1967 Wilson Engineering, LLC has provided top-quality service to its clients and made invaluable contributions to the community. Based in Bellingham, Wilson Engineering is a strong supporter of WCC, as evidenced by the company's generous contributions to scholarships—including their named Wilson Engineering Scholarship—sponsorships and other College initiatives. From 1995-2005, Jim Wilson, the company's founder, served as a WCC Trustee, offering his leadership and insight during a time of enormous growth and development at the College. The company has also played an important role in WCC's financial health by donating nearly $20,000 since 2005 alone.
The Morse Family
Family Legacy Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2010
The Morse Family has created a legacy that transforms people’s lives by helping them get the education they need, and at the 2010 Donor Appreciation Breakfast, they were recognized with the Family Legacy Award. The Morse Family endowment was initiated by Joyce and David Morse’s grandchildren as a way to honor them for their strong emphasis on the importance of education and for the remarkable philanthropic example they set for the entire family. That endowment funds the Joyce & David Morse Scholarship and was established in 2005. Over the years, the fund has grown to over $50,000 through contributions from friends and family.
St. Luke's Foundation
Leaders in Exceptional Giving Award for Excellence in Educational Giving - 2010
St. Luke’s Foundation has been a consistent supporter of the College over the years, serving as an important partner in developing Whatcom’s Nursing Program from funding equipment to nursing scholarships. The Foundation has funded a number of vital equipment initiatives totaling over $53,000. In addition, St. Luke’s Foundation recently awarded seven St. Luke's Foundation Lois Jean Roberts Memorial Nursing Scholarships directly to Whatcom Nursing students totaling $10,500, and has awarded nearly 100 scholarships totaling over $200,000 community-wide since the program began in 1993.
Father Scott Connolly Scholarship
For nearly two decades, Father Scott Connolly, pastor at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, has dedicated himself to promoting education in Washington state. The WCC Foundation is pleased to honor Father Scott with a scholarship fund established in his name. The scholarship will provide an annual award to a student who has attended Assumption Catholic School and plans to enroll at Whatcom. Father Scott is well known for his involvement in our community and leadership in education. He regularly donates to school programs, has supported efforts to increase Hispanic enrollment at Assumption Catholic School, and made the school a priority in the parish’s capital campaign. In 2014, he was one of only seven pastors in the United States to receive the Distinguished Pastor of the Year Award from the Elementary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association.
Anna Rosemary Harris Memorial Fund
The Anna Rosemary Harris Memorial Fund has been established through the WCC Foundation in memory of Anna, who died on April 2, 2013 at the age of 19 in an accident while vacationing in Taiwan. The fund honors her life and recognizes her two passions: writing and travel. As a Running Start student at WCC, Anna graduated with honors with her Associate of Arts degree as well as her high school diploma in 2012. Although she was headed for a career in physical therapy, Anna loved creative writing and sought to understand other cultures through travel. This fund will support two scholarship opportunities for WCC students: Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship so a student writer can attend the conference for free; and a scholarship to help a Whatcom student participate in the travel abroad program. Anna’s legacy will be an inspiration to the students whose dreams are supported with these scholarships.