Educational Institutions

Volunteer State College Foundation

  • Gallatin, TN
  • www.volstate.edu/foundation

Mission Statement

To raise and administer funds to support the educational objectives of Volunteer State Community College and to solicit the active involvement of all communities within our service area. Volunteer State College Foundation is entrenched in the local communities of our 12 county service areas. We recognize the need for students to acquire an education. While we are proud of our lower tuition rate, we also recognize that the cost of tuition is what will keep some students from acquiring an education. By providing scholarships, we help our students and the communities we serve. It is surprising to see how many students are willing to give back because they remember how much the help meant to them. With the economic challenges facing us, it is more important than ever for students to have an education in order to be marketable and survive on their own. We are able to provide skills that will last a lifetime.

Main Programs

  1. Student Scholarships
  2. Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  3. Warf Renovations Capital Campaign
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Volunteer State Community College serves 11 counties: Clay, Pickett, Overton, Putnam, Jackson, Smith, Trousdale, Macon, Wilson, Robertson and Sumner.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mrs. Karen Mitchell

Keywords

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Educate a Woman, Student, Vol State, Education, Scholarship

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EIN

58-1863050

 Number

0295040316

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Uun)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Last year Volunteer State College Foundation:1. Awarded 193 scholarships to students during the 2014-2015 academic year. 2. Implemented an improved scholarship award process which ensured a higher accountability rate for the scholarships awarded. 3. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center served 213 clients and had over 700 seminar attendees, with sixteen new businesses started. 4. We have finished a capital campaign for a new Humanities building. The building will house programs such as Music, Drama, English, Music Business, Recording Industry Management, and Bluegrass along with many others. Work has almost finished on the project and the expected completion date is Fall 2016. Our top goals for next year are: 1. Raising money for scholarships. Our goal is to help as many students as possible achieve their dream of obtaining an education. 2. We want to grow the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is housed at VSCC. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center offers free and confidential one-on-one counseling for existing and start-up businesses, as well as offers free and inexpensive workshops designed for the small business owner. The TSBDC is funded by a matching grant which means we must raise community support of $40,000 to continue operating the program. 3. Begin a new Capital Campaign, to fund renovations to the Warf Building, with a goal of $400,000.4. Increase awareness that Tennessee Promise will not provide scholarships for everyone and we still need the support of the community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Student Scholarships

While a community college offers quality education at affordable prices, the tuition can still be a stumbling block for many students. The more students we can help with their tuition cost, the more educated our communities will become. We offer academic scholarships as well as need based scholarships.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

2,000,000

Program 2

Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Volunteer State Community College has a Small Business Development Center that offers free and confidential counseling to any small business in our service areas. The TSBDS also offers classes such as "Developing a Business Plan" and "Marketing" at a nominal fee. The TSBDC is funded through a grant and a match from community donations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

40,000

Program 3

Warf Renovations Capital Campaign

One of the oldest buildings on campus, Warf, needs major improvements. In order to support changing technologies and teaching methodologies, the 40 year old Warf building needs an overhaul.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Volunteer State Community College serves 11 counties: Clay, Pickett, Overton, Putnam, Jackson, Smith, Trousdale, Macon, Wilson, Robertson and Sumner.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

The most pressing needs for the Volunteer State College Foundation: 1. Increase funds available for scholarships, especially non-traditional students.2. Increase the numbers of scholarships awarded to qualified applicants.3. Provide $400,00 in capital funds in order to refurbish the Warf Building.4. Fully fund the TSBDC (Tennessee Small Business Development Center)5. Actively engage alumni and other community members in events to promote the College and support programs.

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VOLUNTEER STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Volunteer State College Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Karen Mitchell

BIO

18 Years Experience

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"While we are thrilled with the opportunities that Tennessee Promise has provided students right out of high school, over 80% of our student population does not qualify for Tennessee Promise or Tennessee Reconnect. The difference that scholarships make in the lives of students is priceless. Some of these students face significant challenges while attempting to pay for education. Many of our students have talked about their scholarships as being life changing for them. Some of them even give back once they have obtained a good job. This is why we strive to help these students achieve their dreams of a college education. Thank you for considering a partnership in making the hopes and dreams of students come true!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Susan High-McAuley

Gallatin TN

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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