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Thank You 

When you support Onondaga Community College, you are making a statement that you believe in the importance of a quality, affordable education for everyone. Your contribution directly impacts the lives of our students and plays an essential role in our ability to fulfill our mission. Students today are the architects, nurses, musicians, and educators of tomorrow.

Hassina A.

Scholarship 1

"By granting scholarships to students such as me, you provide us with a starting point which we in turn utilize to the best of our abilities to excel and become self-sufficient. I am truly grateful for the assistance you have given me. Thank you!"

Cassidy R.

Cassidy Ratray 3 

"The financial support was amazing to receive. It helped me be able to focus on my education instead of having to hold a job during school or worrying about how I would pay for my education. I couldn’t be more grateful to have received this support."

Eduardo P.

Scholarship 3 

"True happiness doesn’t cost a penny. Earning a college degree will make my parents ten times happier than me making a million dollars. They invested so much in their kids so they would have a better life. I don’t know how they did it but I owe everything to them."

Alena C.

Scholarship 4 

"I want to personally shake the hand of the person responsible for creating this scholarship. I'm so grateful to the OCC Foundation for all of its help."

Student Engagement & Philanthropy Month

Teaching Students about the Power of Collective Philanthropy

Show Me the Money Day

Congratulations to 972 OCC students who participated in 2017’s Student Engagement & Philanthropy Month activities and ‘Show Me the Money.’  Learning the power of collective philanthropy, students earned ‘LAZER Tokens’ by attending the spring Transfer Fair and/or by completing tutoring sessions at the Learning Center or participating in workshops at Career Services. Each ‘Lazer Token’ represented one employee dollar contributed on National Philanthropy Day.   

The Student Association and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society each chose a priority project and students used their tokens to vote to support with those employee donations. By participating, students also became eligible for a chance to win one of 10 $250 LAZER Card grants. 

On ‘Show Me the Money’ Day, March 1, 2017, we were excited to announce  PTK’s ‘Completion and Transfer Fund’ earned $6,234 and the Student Association’s ‘Semester Start-up Fund’ earned $3,276. Both funds will directly support students in need.  

Ten students names were drawn as winners of the $250 LAZER grants.  Winners are:

  • Armen Galstyan 
  • Larry Flemmings
  • Jovialle Yankey
  • Joshua Flanders
  • Bianca Archange
  • Ranjana Chimariya
  • Destinee Reaves
  • India Carr
  • Celica Edick
  • Noela Niyonkuru

Congratulations to all!  OCC students got to learn more about the value of philanthropy, and benefitted their academic achievements by tapping into the great support services available on campus designed to help them succeed!  THANK YOU to everyone who made this event a success, with the largest thanks going to our OCC employees who, through their philanthropy,  made these gifts to students possible. 

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