• Group of supporters at the CCBC Foundation Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Donor Appreciation Luncheon

For many CCBC students, receiving a scholarship has meaning well beyond the award’s dollar amount. It’s also an affirmation of their value and academic potential; for some, it’s a life-changing event.

At this year’s CCBC Foundation Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon, those who support the college’s scholarship programs heard first-hand from students who have benefitted from their generosity.

Here are just a few of the heartfelt expressions of gratitude students shared with their benefactors:

“Receiving a scholarship helped me understand and believe in myself. And I can’t thank my teachers enough. They are my inspiration and the reason I am here right now.”
- Zenali Joy Martin

“As a student from Ethiopia, I had no college options other than CCBC. That first scholarship opened many doors for me, and now I have a 4.0 GPA in Engineering. But it’s not just about the money – it’s the belief that I can achieve. I’m grateful for that.”
- Azaria Gallo

“Getting a scholarship means less stress about finances. I don’t have to work as many hours to pay for school, and that gives me more time to focus on my school work. My grades have gotten better as a result.”
- Kareem Wallace

Each year, CCBC students receive hundreds of scholarships, thanks to the generosity of individual and business donors. During the 2015 academic year, the CCBC Foundation awarded more than $466,000 in scholarships to 1,089 deserving students.

Scholarship donors come from all walks of life – alumni who value their CCBC education, employees who see student needs first hand, business owners who want to create a better-educated workforce. No matter the driving force behind their donation, they all want to help students succeed.

The college’s annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon brings these donors together with the students who have been recipients of their generosity. This is a time for students to say “thank you” to donors for assisting them in their educational journeys.

You can make a lasting difference in the life of a student. To find out how you can become a scholarship donor, contact Cathy Birkelien at cbirkelien@ccbcmd.edu or 443-840-3335.