A Message from the Foundation President
The Yakima Valley College Foundation has been providing support to Yakima Valley College and its students since it was organized in 1977. Its assets, which have grown to some $10 million provide an earnings base to fund as many as 200 tuition scholarships each year. The successful fund-raising effort by Foundation Directors qualified us for three U.S. Department of Education (DOE) matching grants. Community support and the DOE grants added $2,700,000 to the endowment fund. In addition to the Endowed Scholarship Funds the Foundation contributed $350,000 to an Endowed Fund for Faculty Endowment and received matching funds from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).
With the rising cost of higher education and the ever greater necessity of an education to obtain employment, the mission of the Foundation is of increasing importance. There is more and more demand for the assistance offered to students by the Foundation. The response by the Foundation must be to continue to enlarge our capital base. We feel confident that those members of the community who understand the importance of education will respond to this need just as they have in the past. We salute those who have been responsible for the growth of the Yakima Valley College Foundation and encourage others to meet the challenge of equipping our young people for a productive future.
Purpose of the Foundation
Yakima Valley College Foundation exists to provide scholarships to students and support Yakima Valley College. Since its inception in 1977 the Foundation has provided many students with scholarships and financial assistance.
Each year the Foundation has awarded scholarships ranging from $150,000 to $400,00 which provide many deserving students an opportunity to attain a higher education who otherwise would not have access to college. The Foundation relies on alumni, friends and concerned citizens to underwrite its scholarship programs.
The ability to provide opportunities to needy and deserving students can only continue through the efforts of the Foundation and your generous support. Please continue your support if you are currently a benefactor. If you are not, will you help the Foundation with your donation?
Board of Directors
*Serves on the Executive Committee
Joe Batali, Jr.