Gateway Community College Foundation
Established in 1993, the Gateway Community College Foundation, an independent 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, was created to support the College's mission and institutional goals through philanthropic support. Gifts to the Foundation, which are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law, help ensure Gateway Community College has the resources to remain a leading institution of higher education.
The Gateway Community College Foundation is a vital thread in the fabric of our college community, providing a lifeline to students who are challenged by their financial limitations. The encouragement begins with scholarships and funds for student support initiatives, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff and programmatic needs for the college. With the help of a dedicated Board of Directors, loyal alumni, donors, friends, and volunteers, the Foundation helps to build a network of community support and promotes a better understanding of Gateway Community College as being a significant regional resource that provides academic and career advancement opportunities.
A Message from the Foundation Board Chair – Paul McCraven
On behalf of the GCC Foundation Board of Directors, congratulations to the 720+ graduates of the Class of 2020. One student at a time, the work of the Gateway Foundation Board, is making a difference in our college, our community, in our region and in our state. I invite you to click on this link to view the 2020 Gateway Community College virtual graduation ceremony.
Today’s educational environment is all about the “three C’s”: challenge, change and commitment. Many of the challenges Gateway currently faces are related to economic realities in Connecticut. This is bringing about changes in how the College and the GCC Foundation are working, side by side, to address and support students, faculty and staff. What hasn’t changed, however, is Gateway’s commitment to its mission: To offer “high-quality instruction and comprehensive services” and “respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological and cultural needs of a diverse population.”
Like organizations and businesses everywhere, the college is being challenged to do more with less, while still maintaining the high academic standards that have always been its hallmark. I and my fellow members of the Foundation Board are determined to fulfill our own mission and support the Gateway college community as it addresses the challenges caused by the global pandemic.
Through your remarkable generosity, we are touching so many lives, and I humbly thank you for all you continue to do.
Paul A. McCraven, Board Char, Gateway Community College Foundation
Scholarships at Gateway Community College
Opening Fall 2020
Generous donations to the Gateway Community College Foundation funds scholarship opportunities each year to help make college more affordable. This year, the Foundation awarded more than $315,315 in scholarships for a total of 743 scholarships. Scholarships help pay for tuition and fees, and some also cover books and other costs of students to begin, resume or continue their education. For information about scholarships, and the application process, contact Susan Swirsky at
Let’s celebrate and congratulate the 2020-2021 scholarship awardees. Click on this link to view the list of scholarship recipients and scholarships.
618 student scholarship recipients
743 scholarships with a value of $315,315
427 laptop scholarships awarded (61 from 2019 Hall of Fame and 366 due to the switch to distance learning) with a value of $166,200
126 Family Economic Security Program (FESP) / value $28,350
Each donation reflects an investment in the future. The community college education a student receives at Gateway – whether an associate degree or certificate program - contributes to achievement and success. We are grateful for our donors’ generosity, which helps assure a sturdy financial foundation as our students strive to excel.
“I’m grateful for the support that’s helping me reach my full potential. Attending Gateway with the help of Foundation scholarships it is enabling me to become wiser, more resilient and ready to conquer the world.”
- Sheena Joann Infante-Davis
Food Service Restaurant Management
2020 Scholarship Recipient
Ways to Make a Gift
Interested in making a gift to the Gateway Community College Foundation? There are many ways by which you can provide your support to Gateway Community College. Gifts to the GCC Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
• Annual Fund supporting students where they learn.
• Establishing an enduring gift of education through an Endowment Fund.
• Planned Giving, name the GCC Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan.
Email: Phone: (203) 285-2617 Website: gatewayfdn.org