The WCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which exists solely to support and advance the objectives of Wilkes Community College by raising funds. The WCC Foundation consists of 23 volunteer board of directors.

The foundation’s purpose is to provide funds for scholarships, capital projects, staff and faculty development, and the beautification of Wilkes Community College.

Giving to the WCC Foundation is an investment in our students, faculty, staff, and community.

KEYS TO SUCCESS CAMPAIGN

The Keys to Success Campaign raises funds annually for two new scholarship opportunities that support the college-wide strategic plan which includes scholarships, completion, and equity.

The WCC Foundation is excited and proud to showcase the Presidential Scholarship and the WCC SAGE Fellows program for students enrolled full-time at Wilkes Community College.

Our annual goal is to raise $161,500 to support these programs. When you make your gift, please remember that your generosity will have a lasting impact on students, families, and our community!

Keys to Success Giving Levels

Chairman: $25,000+ –

Investor: $10,000 – $24,999

Founder: $5,000 – $9,999

Steward: $2,500 – $4,999

Leader: $1,000 – $2,499

Ambassador: $100 – $999

Friends of the Foundation: $25 – $99

Ashe Campus Campaign

$1,000,000 Campaign

Alleghany Center Expansion

$150,000 Fundraising

Culinary Institute 

$150,000 Fundraising

Each year Wilkes Community College Foundation awards scholarships to help students begin or continue their education and to recognize outstanding academic accomplishments.  Funding for these scholarships are raised by the Wilkes Community College Foundation annually.

The WCC Foundation’s priority project is the Keys to Success Campaign, which raises funds annually to support the Presidential Scholarship and the WCC SAGE Fellows program.

The WCC Foundation is proud to introduce the establishment of the Presidential Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship supports high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need and are committed to earning a Wilkes Community College degree. Students who are selected will receive a $2,000 scholarship per academic year. This scholarship was created in support of the college-wide strategic plan which includes scholarships, completion, and equity and is part of the Keys to Success Campaign. Funding for the scholarship is raised by the Wilkes Community College Foundation annually.

Who is Eligible?

  • Students enrolled full-time (12 hours minimum)
  • Students having an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students who demonstrate financial need and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Students who are committed to completing a WCC degree

How to Apply

The Presidential Scholarship is a renewable scholarship. Applications are selected each year and the deadline is July 1. To apply:

  • Go to https://wilkescc.academicworks.com/.
  • Sign in using your Wilkes Community College student credentials and complete the General Application.
  • Click on the opportunities tab, then click on the blue ‘Apply’ button next to the WCC Presidential Scholarship. (Note: The apply button will only appear if you meet the minimum criteria of 12+ hours and an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.)
  • Complete the supplemental essay questions by the July 1 deadline.

For questions, please contact Stacee Whitley at 336-838-6158 or shwhitley877@wilkescc.edu.

The WCC SAGE Fellows is a scholarship program that provides students with academic and financial support. It was established to remove barriers and guide students on a successful path toward graduation and career opportunities. Application deadline is March of each year. Interviews will be conducted in April of each year.

This scholarship was created in support of the college-wide strategic plan which includes scholarships, completion, and equity and is part of the Keys to Success Campaign. Funding for the scholarship is raised by the Wilkes Community College Foundation annually.

Benefits:

  • $4,000 scholarship over two years
  • Laptop
  • Dedicated advisor and peer mentor
  • Success and Study Skills
  • Class with your SAGE Fellows community
  • Access to all SAGE services
  • Exciting leadership development activities and opportunities

Who is Eligible?

  • Sage Fellows must meet the following requirements:
  • Enroll full-time at WCC (12 hours minimum)
  • Participate in program requirements
  • Attend the Summer Welcome Event in August
  • Live in Wilkes, Ashe, or Alleghany counties
  • Complete English and Math for first year
  • Meet regularly with advisor & peer mentor
  • Maintain good academic standing

Preference will be given to applicants who are first in their family to go to college or who experience financial barriers to college enrollment.

For questions concerning the program, please contact Angela Roten at 336-838-6535 or awroten402@wilkescc.edu.

The Step Up Leadership Scholarship is a scholarship program designed to assist students enrolled full time at Wilkes Community College who demonstrate financial need with an opportunity to develop social and leadership skills through lunch and learn sessions, mentorships, and career preparation.

The scholarship is funded by the WCC Foundation Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic held each October.

Benefits:

  • $1,000 per year scholarship
  • Leadership activities and opportunities
  • Mentorship and meetings with President, Jeff Cox, twice a year
  • Opportunities to participate in special events associated with Wilkes Community College as designated by the scholarship coordinator
  • Exam survival kits & more

Eligibility:

  • Current high school student (1 selected from each school in our service area)
  • Students enrolled full-time (12 hours minimum)
  • Students having an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher (2.5 GPA to renew for the second year)
  • Students who demonstrate financial need and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Students who are committed to completing program requirements

How to Apply? The Step Up Leadership Scholarship is a renewable scholarship. Applications are selected each year and the deadline is July 1. To apply:

For questions, please contact Stacee Whitley at 336-838-6158 or shwhitley877@wilkescc.edu.

For more information about the Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic, contact Denna Parsons at 336-838-6262 or dfparsons290@wilkescc.edu.

These scholarships are provided through the generosity of private donors or organizations in our community who support our students, programs, and our mission. Donors may establish an endowment or fund a scholarship annually to acknowledge the needs of our students at Wilkes Community College.

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact Stacee Whitley at 336-838-6158 or shwhitley877@wilkescc.edu.

Every Gift Counts! Giving to the annual fund is an easy and convenient way to show your support for the students, faculty, and staff. Gifts of all sizes are crucial to the success of the annual fund. Give to the best of your ability.

Thank you to our friends of Wilkes Community College 2019-2020!

Wilkes Community College Foundation’s 37th Annual Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic was a great success! Since 1984, this event has contributed $711,610 to Wilkes Community College in memory of Henry Moore. This year’s proceeds totaled over $46,000 and will provide scholarships to students who participate in the WCC Step Up Leadership program. Window World, Inc. was lead sponsor for the tournament held at Oakwoods Country Club.

For information on sponsorships or participating in the Henry Moore Scholarship Golf Classic in 2021 contact Denna Parsons at dfparsons290@wilkescc.edu or 336-838-6262.

2020 Winners

Gross Division

1st Place:

  • Cary Rousseau
  • Jon Gambill
  • Ava Tharpe
  • Scotty Nichols

2nd Place:

  • Ben Garrett
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Ricky Brooks
  • Randy Brooks

3rd Place:

  • Wes Minton
  • Rip Rollins
  • David Adams
  • Keith Johnson

Net Division

1st Place:

  • Robert Joines
  • Bill Isenhour
  • James Joines
  • Steve Bumgarner

2nd Place:

  • Jeff Cox
  • David Shockley
  • Mark Byrd
  • Travis Reeves

3rd Place:

  • Will Buchanan
  • Cam Finley
  • Cory Pardue
  • Dakoda Stone

Closest to the Pin

  • #8 – James Motsinger
  • #12 – Eddie Walsh
  • #18 – Rip Rollins

Longest Drive #13

  • Seniors – Ron Pearson
  • Men – Jason Greene
  • Women – Ava Tharpe

50/50 Drawing

Nolan Eller (Ticket #935698)

Chopper Challenge

Rodney Shumaker

Team Photos

Hurray for Hollywood! Walk the Red Carpet at WCC Foundation's Annual Valentine's Gala. Proceeds benefit WCC Keys to Success Scholarship Program. The event will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Walker Center. Dress is black tie or black leather. Feel free to be your favorite Hollywood star! $150 per person (includes entertaiment tax - $115.18 tax deduction). For more information call 336-838-6491.

The Wilkes Community College Heritage Society honors friends who contribute to the vision and success of their community college by including our institution in planned giving. Eligibility is extended to any donor that includes a personal gift to the college in their long-range or estate plans through gifts of cash, property, stock, insurance policies, individual retirement gifts or other assets.

  • Bequests: make a gift in your will
  • Charitable Remainder Trust: pays you income based on the asset value
  • Charitable Gift Annuity: your transferred assets benefit your favored charity and you through life income payments
  • Charitable Lead Trust: provides for WCC as well as your children
  • Donor Advised Fund: simple and flexible, provides immediate tax benefits but you still have input on future disbursements
  • Retained Life Estate: one of your valued possessions, your home, can become a valued gift even while you are living in it
  • Cash: simplest way to give
  • Securities: the best securities to donate are appreciated stocks
  • Life Insurance: name WCC as a beneficiary
  • Real Estate: if you own your property that is paid off, you can transfer this asset to a beneficiary but still live in it
  • Retirement Plan Assets: reduce tax to heirs by naming WCC as a beneficiary

When you are ready to make a gift…

  1. Talk to your financial advisor or estate planning attorney to decide what you want to give and the way you want to give it.
  2. Contact Allison Phillips, Executive Director of the Wilkes Foundation, at 336-838-6491 or alphillips068@wilkescc.edu. She can work with your advisors to complete the gift.
  3. Tell others about the benefits of planned giving: Extend your reach into the future by giving gifts that will endure beyond your lifetime. Obtain immediate and/or tax benefits. Receive life income benefits with certain gifts.

Your name and/or the person(s) you wish to honor will be placed on The Heritage Society Plaque that is mounted in the Lakey Ballroom of the Walker Center.

Cash Gifts
Cash gifts are the easiest and most direct way to give to the Wilkes Community College Foundation. Cash gifts can be used to support annual fund campaigns, capital campaigns, scholarships, and special events. Cash gifts made by check should be payable to Wilkes Community College Foundation, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 or make a donation online.

Matching Gifts
What is better than one gift? A gift that has doubled. A great way to leverage your gift is to ask your employer to match your gift through a matching gift program. Credit is given to both the donor and the company when the matching gift is received.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of Securities (stocks and bonds) are becoming more popular as a way to give.

Please contact Allison Phillips with how many shares of what stock or mutual fund you are giving.
This ensures that your gift is properly received. For making the transaction for transfer funds, contact Linda Gregory, Wells Fargo Securities advisor, at 336-667-1291.

Account #8998-6211
DTC 0141
Federal Tax ID: 23-7338790

Planned Giving
Planned giving allows an individual to have a lasting influence on Wilkes Community College. The most common form is a bequest, which is a gift made through a will or living trust. A donor can designate a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the estate.

Naming Opportunities
Want to leave a lasting legacy at Wilkes Community College? Naming a building, other physical structures, outdoor structures, or scholarships can be a wonderful way to honor someone. Financial requirements for naming opportunities differ, and donors are asked to discuss their ideas with Allison Phillips, executive director, WCC Foundation.

Contact Information

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Allison Phillips, BS
VP of Institutional Advancement; Executive Director, WCC Foundation
Phone: 336-838-6491
alphillips068@wilkescc.edu
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Jarrett Barker, BS
Accounting Specialist
Phone: 336-838-6132
wjbarker789@wilkescc.edu
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Tanya Benfield, AS
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336-838-6508
Fax: 336-903-3208
tcbenfield924@wilkescc.edu
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Mickey Jennings, BA
Development Sponsorship Specialist
Phone: 336-838-6475
Fax: 336-903-3186
mjennings992@wilkescc.edu
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Denna Parsons, AAS
Development and Volunteer Specialist
Phone: 336-838-6262
dfparsons290@wilkescc.edu
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Stacee Whitley, AAS
Development & Community Resources Specialist
Phone: 336-838-6158
shwhitley877@wilkescc.edu

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WCC Foundation
PO Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
FAX: 336-838-6277

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Tax ID: 23-7338790
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