Public, Society Benefit

Walker College Foundation

  • Jasper, AL
  • www.wcfdn.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support education and economic growth in Walker County by 1) providing scholarships and support to students attending the Walker College Campus of Bevill State Community College; 2) providing facilities support to the Walker College Campus of Bevill State Community College for enhancing the educational environment; 3) by offering transfer scholarships to students who graduate from the Walker College Campus of Bevill State Community College and transfer to a four-year college.

We know that higher education has a direct impact on job-related skills, but also on the attitudes and behavior patterns of students. Education enables people to better adapt to change. It also makes them more likely to take responsibility for their health and for the society in which they live, and to parent in ways that improve the prospects for their own children. The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people's lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society.

Main Programs

  1. Walker College Foundation Scholars' Society
  2. Walker College History Collection
  3. Walker College Foundation Alumni Association
  4. Walker College Foundation Alumni and Friends Travel Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We provide most of our scholarships to students in Walker County due to the driving distance to the Bevill State. Although we provide a few scholarships to students in Winston County, these details will focus on Walker County.

Walker County is home to approximately 67,023 people, 26,571 households, and 18,741 families. In 2010, the racial makeup of the county was 91.2% White, 5.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Nearly 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 26,571 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 52.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.97.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,191, and the median income for a family was $45,788. About 14.7% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line. We are ranked 67 out of 67 counties in Alabama in health outcomes due to smoking, obesity and inactive lifestyles. There is a high prevalence of diabetes in our county. 79% have graduated from high school and 51% have some college education. 32% of our children are considered living in poverty and 40% of our employed population must drive long distances to work.

These statistics make us even more confident that our Foundation is working to improve the health of our county. Education enables people to better adapt to change. It also makes them more likely to take responsibility for their health and for the society in which they live, and to parent in ways that improve the prospects for their own children. The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people's lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Holly Trawick

Keywords

Self-reported

Higher education scholarships, history preservation

Notes from the Nonprofit

History and Mission of the Walker College Foundation
The Walker College Foundation's corpus originated with Walker College, a private two-year college that was established in Jasper, Alabama in 1938. Through the leadership of Dr. Carl Jesse and Dr. David J. Rowland, the endowed scholarship funds and donations from community members reached close to $5 million by 1994, when the University of Alabama at Birmingham took over operations of Walker College. To keep those scholarship funds in the community, the board of trustees established the Walker College Foundation, Inc. and moved the scholarship funds into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public foundation. In 1998, the operations and education side of the college changed hands again and was acquired by the State of Alabama to become part of Bevill State Community College.

From 1998 to now, the Walker College Foundation, Inc. has continued to provide scholarship funds to student who attend the Walker College Campus of Bevill State...almost $3 million in scholarship funds to more than 800 students. The WCF has also assisted with facilities needs for Bevill State...seating for Bevill Hall auditorium, chairs for the Francis Israel cafeteria, land for the parking lot across from the Wade Math & Science Building, furniture for the student center, etc. Although the WCF has supported the college's students and facilities needs, it has not been recognized publicly for that support.

In 2014, the Board of Trustees hired a new Executive Director, Holly Trawick, to begin a push for awareness of the WCF and its mission. Several new programs were put in place and a variety of sponsorships and public relations materials have been produced to educate the public about the mission and scope of their work.

1) WCF Scholars' Society - Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, our scholarships cover full tuition and fees to Bevill State-Walker College Campus for up to two years if scholars maintain a 2.75 average. These scholars are part of an elite group of students who meet once a month and have access to a study space and academic assistance. The Foundation is keeping these students together as a cohort to encourage academic success and increase graduation rates.

2) History collection -

The trustees have been fiscally conservative over the years to ensure the scholarship funds have a chance to grow and produce larger returns. In 2016-17, $240,000 were allocated to scholarships for students attending the Bevill State-Walker College Campus. In addition, the trustees have plans to introduce transfer scholarships to four-year universities in the future.

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EIN

63-0369216

 Number

4711531281

Physical Address

1501 Gamble Avenue

Jasper, AL 35501

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Walker College Foundation Scholars' Society

The Scholars' Society was created in 2015 when we changed our scholarships to full tuition and fee scholarships. The Society is comprised of students who are currently receiving our scholarships and is intended to create a cohort of students who will recognize, support, and encourage each other on campus, in class, and through graduation. These students meet at our office once per month and we provide lunch and speakers who give them information and advice on being in college and where to go next. We also ask these students to participate in at least one community service project each year to give back to the community and provide them with t-shirts to identify who they are when they are on campus or in the community.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$5,000

Program 2

Walker College History Collection

We have been collecting historical items and memorabilia from the community to create a living history for Walker College. The purpose of this history collection is to keep the connection alive between the original two-year private college and the current community college. We want students to know where the college came from and where their scholarship dollars originated. We also want parents to be able to connect the college they attended to the college their sons and daughters are attending. We are also working on a Walker College history book so the community will have a permanent record of the college and the people that built it and made it successful.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 3

Walker College Foundation Alumni Association

The original Walker College had a vibrant alumni association until the people that managed it passed away and it disappeared. We are working to find alumni and reorganize the alumni association. We would like to help people connect with their classmates through reunions and events and we hope that we will find an active donor pool with this group of people. In 2018, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Walker College and plan to hold an alumni reunion weekend.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 4

Walker College Foundation Alumni and Friends Travel Program

We started a travel program to mimic the alumni travel often associated with colleges and universities. A travel program provides people with the opportunity to travel overseas with friends and family and create unique memories. Alumni travel programs build loyalty with people who associate these great memories with the organization that made it possible.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

We provide most of our scholarships to students in Walker County due to the driving distance to the Bevill State. Although we provide a few scholarships to students in Winston County, these details will focus on Walker County.

Walker County is home to approximately 67,023 people, 26,571 households, and 18,741 families. In 2010, the racial makeup of the county was 91.2% White, 5.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Nearly 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 26,571 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 52.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.97.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,191, and the median income for a family was $45,788. About 14.7% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line. We are ranked 67 out of 67 counties in Alabama in health outcomes due to smoking, obesity and inactive lifestyles. There is a high prevalence of diabetes in our county. 79% have graduated from high school and 51% have some college education. 32% of our children are considered living in poverty and 40% of our employed population must drive long distances to work.

These statistics make us even more confident that our Foundation is working to improve the health of our county. Education enables people to better adapt to change. It also makes them more likely to take responsibility for their health and for the society in which they live, and to parent in ways that improve the prospects for their own children. The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people's lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society.

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Walker College Foundation
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Dec 31

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Executive Director

Holly Trawick

BIO

Holly Trawick was hired by the Board of Trustees after 13 years in the public relations department at Bevill State Community College. She is also an outstanding volunteer in the community and has served on numerous boards and worked with fundraising campaigns for nonprofits in our community. Her experience in education, marketing, design, and nonprofit volunteerism makes her highly qualified to promote awareness of the mission of the Walker College Foundation and help us move it forward.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William Long

Drummond Company, Inc.

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
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No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity