Genesee Community College Foundation's Campaign Kicks Off in Genesee County

The Genesee County Division of Genesee Community College Foundation's Annual Campaign is underway and is being led by a team of outstanding community residents. Leading the campaign is division Chair, Michael Grammatico of Batavia, vice president of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors.

The Genesee County division of Genesee Community College Foundation’s Annual Campaign is underway and is being led by a team of outstanding community residents. Leading the campaign is division chair, Michael Grammatico of Batavia, vice president of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors.

“The presence of the College in our community has remarkable promise for our future. It serves students in our region of all ages who might not otherwise even dream of achieving higher education or specialized career training,” Grammatico stated. “Through our combined effort, we can support academically talented students and encourage students to enter critical fields such as health care and technology. Local residents can help attract and retain students in our community college; it is an investment in our future.”

He added that the extraordinary opportunity to volunteer in this year’s annual campaign truly has reinforced his belief in the impact of scholarships and strengthened his commitment to the College, to its programs, but most of all to the students and the mission of providing higher education to as many academically talented and deserving students as possible. The focus of the campaign is to attract excellent students to the College, to provide access to higher education to all qualified students and to vitalize the community by educating and training the labor force in needed skills.

The 2009-2010 tuition rate at the College is $3,400 and books and fees can increase that $500 to $600 more. “We do not want a single qualified student to back away because of tuition, fees, or textbook expenses. Every avenue of financial help is explored with the student and sometimes the additional support provided by the Foundation can make the final step possible,” Grammatico noted. The Foundation provided 536 scholarships to worthy and deserving Genesee Community College students last year, totaling $284,184.

Genesee division volunteers helping the campaign include:

  • Mary Blevins of Batavia, branch manager, Key Bank, Batavia office
  • Todd Bender of Batavia, director, Consilium; Foundation board member
  • Nathan Rudgers of Pavilion, manager, Farm Credit East
  • Tom Felton of Byron, vice president, The Bank of Castile
  • Chris White of Batavia, vice president, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  •  Mary Raymond of Batavia, attorney, Damon Morey; Foundation board member
  • Todd Masters of Batavia, vice president, HSBC Bank, Batavia office
  •  David Cecere of North Chili, executive vice president, Tompkins Insurance Agencies

An important addition to the campaign this year and for the next five years is the Endowment Challenge Grant. In addressing the need of increasing assistance to deserving students, the College applied to the United States Department of Education for an Endowment Challenge Grant and is fortunate to have been awarded one this past fall. The challenge is to raise $80,000 a year for five consecutive years for students in need and the US Department of Education will match the gifts dollar for dollar. It is a wonderful opportunity to build an endowment to aid needy students who may face unplanned emergencies and/or obstacles to enrolling and remaining enrolled at Genesee Community College.

Support for the annual scholarship program is vital and gifts to the Endowment Challenge Fund will be lasting. Gifts may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information contact the Foundation (585) 345-6809 or foundation@genesee.edu.

The Genesee Community College Foundation was formed in the mid-eighties as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service to and support of the College. Its thirty-member board of directors is comprised of business and civic leaders.


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