Dec 9, 2013
Students benefit from record number of scholarships.
Julia Garvey was shocked when she noticed what was going on around her during the first week of class. “We were assigned the task of looking up an article and writing a summary about it,” says Garvey, who had returned to college after several years.
“I took out a notebook and pen, but then I noticed right away that the students around me were rapidly producing work,” Garvey states. “I did not know how to turn on my computer, login, use a flash drive, create a document, save it, and email it to myself. I almost cried.”
Like Garvey, these emotions are real for non-traditional students returning to college. A year later, Garvey is feeling more confident about her career path. “I now see how my skills will translate into a work setting,” she says. “I can now also produce work as quickly as the others!” Garvey laughs. “It took some time to get adjusted, but the college has many resources that contributed to my success as a student.”
Garvey’s opportunity all started with the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, Inc. Garvey earned an FVTC Foundation scholarship sponsored by the Appleton Northside Business Association to jumpstart her future. “Financing college while working part-time and raising two teenage daughters was almost impossible,” she recalls. “Receiving the scholarship helped alleviate my financial worries.”
Garvey is now pursuing an Individualized Technical Studies
associate degree to meet a specific career goal of working in the non-profit sector. “I felt that I needed more business math and computer skills, in addition to knowledge of social media,” she says. “It’s really great to be able to build your own degree.”
student Arron Hoch received the Gary Kilgas Legacy Award for third semester marketing students. “I was already a student here when my friends suggested that we find out about scholarships,” he says. “You need to keep a 3.25 grade point average for the Legacy Award, and since I qualified, I thought why not apply?”
Hoch has a special interest in Internet marketing, and he is working toward a future that includes owning his own business. “Without financial help, it would be impossible for me to complete a degree,” he states. “Later in life, I plan to donate funds for a Legacy Award in my name.”
Giving and Growing
Last year, the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation raised more than $2 million – an unprecedented accomplishment in one year in the organization’s 36-year history.
The Foundation’s generous donors include individuals, foundations, service organizations, and local, state, and national businesses. Scholarships are also provided by FVTC Trustees, Foundation board members, retirees, faculty, and staff. Last year’s Staff and Leadership Giving Campaign generated more than $150,000.
In addition, two golf outings sponsored by the Foundation this past summer netted more than $100,000 to support scholarships for FVTC students.