FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maureen Dowdle, Director of Institutional Advancement,
Housatonic Community College
203-332-5078

Housatonic Community College Receives Grant from The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education

November 6, 2007
Gift Supports College Scholarships

Barbara Johnson, president of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. has announced that The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education of Bridgeport has awarded $30,000 to the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc. The gift will be used for student scholarships during the 2007-2008 academic year and is part of the HCC Foundation Pathways to Success Major Gift Campaign.

The current enrollment at HCC is 4,475 students. Over half of this population attends the college with the assistance of some form of financial aid. The Housatonic Foundation awards approximately 100 scholarships a year amounting to over $100,000.

“We are delighted to support HCC and its work with our area’s economically disadvantaged students,” said Richard T. Stone, director of The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education. “Education is vital for success in today’s economy and it is imperative that we do all we can to assure that our area’s students have the educational opportunities they need.”

Barbara Johnson says, “This grant from The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education is very meaningful. The scholarships awarded by the HCC Foundation assist students who would otherwise not be able to attend HCC, gain the education they need to enter the workforce with the necessary skills or transfer to four-year institutions. Scholarships also help students avoid incurring crushing levels of debt from loans to pay for their educations.”

About the Housatonic Community College Foundation

The Housatonic Community College Foundation was formed in 1990 to assist the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. The Foundation provides resources for scholarships, equipment, program enhancements, community outreach and support for the Housatonic Museum of Art. The Foundation is conducting a major gifts campaign, seeking to raise $1 million, which will assist the College to continue to provide convenient and affordable post-secondary training and life-long learning to those in the Bridgeport area.

About The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education

The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education is a non-sectarian organization that supports agencies and institutions whose programs serve needy children, adults and senior citizens in Fairfield County. The Foundation provides grants for scholarships to inner city students, as well as grants for adult literacy and education programs that empower individuals to become self sufficient. The Foundation also supports after school education and recreation programs for children, and programs that provide food, clothing, health care, counseling, transportation and shelter to those in need. During the past year, The Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in grants to 59 local organizations that serve thousands of needy children and adults. More than $1 million was awarded for scholarships, and $360,000 for after school programs, adult literacy, and other education initiatives. Additionally, $540,000 was awarded for social service programs.