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Contact: Fiona K. Hodgson (203-332-5078)
Westport Foundation Gifts $500,000 to Housatonic Community College Foundation
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (January 30, 2018) — A two-year, $500,000 grant from a Westport philanthropic foundation will fund college scholarships, an innovative community partnership to enhance economic security for families and a men’s center at Housatonic Community College (HCC).
Since its initial gift of $400,000 to fund general scholarships during the 2012-13 academic year, the Allison Foundation Scholarship Fund has benefitted HCC students who otherwise might lack financial resources to pursue higher education, sustaining student enrollment and retention, and developing a higher-skilled workforce that helps to fuel the region’s economy.
“The college community is deeply grateful for the Allison Foundation’s generous support,” said HCC President, Paul Broadie II. “Their continued commitment to Housatonic Community College, and the success of our students, validates and sustains the mission of the college to provide a stimulating educational environment that empowers individuals to develop their full potential as lifelong learners.”
The $500,000 award over two years will support and sustain three initiatives of the HCC Foundation, the Bridgeport community college’s philanthropic arm. These include:
- $80,000 annually over two years to fund general scholarships awarded by the HCC Foundation Scholarship Program. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, the program awarded $264,990 in full and partial scholarships to students with proven academic performance and a demonstrated need for financial support.
- $130,000 for each of two years to the HCC Family Economic Security Program (FESP). Created as an innovative partnership between Housatonic Community College and the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) Fund for Women & Girls, FESP offers a comprehensive, bundled-services approach to helping HCC students manage the competing pressures of pursuing higher education while earning a family-sustaining income.
- $40,000 for each of two years to the HCC Men’s Center. The award will fund the establishment of a part-time coordinator position for the Men’s Center, established in 2009 to provide support systems to enhance the lives of an under-represented male population on the HCC campus.
“This transformational gift will change the lives of many students and their families,” said Fiona Hodgson, executive director of the Housatonic Community College Foundation. “Scholarships from the Allison Family Foundation will ensure funding when it is most needed, allowing students to succeed in their academic and career goals even when faced with the challenges of working full-time and looking after family members while achieving a degree.”
“Even though Bridgeport is right here in Fairfield County, not enough people know what a great success story Housatonic Community College is creating,” said a spokesperson for the Allison Foundation. “HCC is being recognized nationally for its leadership, particularly in the vital areas of student advising, mentoring and coaching. We are pleased to be able to help the school achieve even greater distinction in these key efforts.”
Founded in 1990 by a team of business and arts leaders from the greater Bridgeport community, the HCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that solicits, secures and manages contributions from the private sector through individuals, corporations and foundations for the benefit of HCC. The HCC Foundation distributes resources in the form of full and partial scholarships to students with proven academic performance and demonstrated financial need.
Created in 2011, the Westport-based Allison Foundation has since 2012 made gifts totaling more than $3 million to beneficiaries including education and health-care institutions and initiatives.