Securing scholarships for students is one of the Jefferson College Foundation's primary responsibilities. Our scholarship program is intended to provide support for the traditional and non-traditional student in a variety of Jefferson College programs. Without this type of support, many students would not be able to attend college and achieve the life-enhancing goal of receiving a higher education.
Today more than ever, there is a need for student scholarship support. Many Jefferson College students are first-generation college students who are balancing a job, family and career preparation. Scholarship support not only helps with tuition and college expenses, but it also demonstrates that someone believes in them and their ability to succeed in college. You can designate a contribution to an existing scholarship, or create a new one in your name or in honor of someone else.
Your tax-deductible donation to the Foundation provides the support our hard-working, dedicated students need to keep their lives on track. At Jefferson College, students who ask for help get the help they need! Contributions to the Jefferson College Foundation's Annual Appeal truly have a positive impact on the lives of our students.
Make a profound difference -- Establish a new scholarship or donate to an existing scholarship today!
There are two types of scholarships that can be established with the Jefferson College Foundation, which are Annual Named or Endowed Named.
An Annual Named Scholarship may be established with a minimum gift of $2,500. The fund must maintain a $2,500 balance each year through annual gifts as the funds are distributed. An Endowed Named Scholarship requires a minimum gift of $35,000, which can be paid all at once or through pledge payments over a period of five years, if so desired. If you wish to support an existing scholarship fund, you may do so with a gift of any amount. While Annual Named Scholarships provide immediate support to students, Endowed Named Scholarships accrue interest and only the interest is awarded for scholarships each year, leaving the principal intact indefinitely. The Jefferson College Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, therefore 100% of cash contributions are tax-deductible.
No matter which type of scholarship you choose to establish, you decide what qualifications a student must possess to qualify. For example, you may designate a specific graduating school district, traditional or non-traditional student, level of financial need, grade point average, etc. There is an area on the Scholarship Covenant Form in which you may establish these criteria.
If you decide to move forward with establishing a scholarship, please print our Scholarship Covenant Form and fill it out completely. Return it with your check made payable to Jefferson College Foundation, or call (636) 481-3104 to schedule an appointment in which to deliver your gift, and perhaps take a photo for media announcements.
Every gift, in any amount, makes a difference.
The following are actual excerpts from letters received by the Jefferson College Foundation from our scholarship recipients. These sentiments reveal the deep appreciation for help offered through the generosity of scholarship donors. Here are a few of their stories.
Six years after dropping out of high school, this young man, independent and determined to make something of himself, began a course of study at Jefferson College; however, the high cost of medical bills due to diabetes added financial obstacles, threatening the completion of his studies. He wrote:
"You [the Foundation] and Jefferson College are helping make my dream a reality and helping me to accomplish something that I never thought I could. I cannot thank you enough for offering this scholarship to me. It has taken the weight off my back and has given me the chance to focus on what is important, my education. I am going to school to become a teacher and I can only hope that someday, I can be as much help to someone as you and Jefferson College have been to me."
Additional financial obligations almost caused a young woman to quit in the final semester of achieving her associate’s degree. She received $500 from the Jefferson College Foundation, which was enough to relieve this ill-timed crisis. She wrote:
"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to finish my education. With this scholarship, I can buy my books and finally be able to complete my courses and become the first person in my family to graduate from college with a degree."
Financial worries cause people to become distracted from things that help them in the long run. To a single mother trying to improve herself, several hundred dollars is the difference between continuing her education or not. One student from our nursing program wrote:
"Nurses hold a special place in my heart. You see, my six-year-old was born with medical issues and still struggles every day. I know what it’s like to feel scared, helpless and out-of-place in a healthcare setting. I will go the extra mile for those in my care, making sure they are comfortable and that their experience will go smoothly. I thank you from the depth of my being. This scholarship brings me closer to reaching my hopes and dreams.”
When this woman’s financial woes were mounting, donors like you helped the Jefferson College Foundation come to her rescue. She wrote:
"Yesterday, I received a great gift. The gift was a letter from Jefferson College’s Foundation informing me that I had received a scholarship. It is inspiring to know that there are people who are willing to take a chance on an unknown individual. Thank you so much and God bless you!”
Call (636) 481-3104 to establish a new scholarship, or click here to donate to the Jefferson College Foundation scholarship fund today!