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HCC Foundation

 

The Haywood Community College Foundation creates relationships that empower people through education.

It also provides funds and fosters relationships to support students, faculty, programs, and capital improvements. 

For more than 50 years, Haywood Community College has provided our community with accessible, affordable and high-quality education, as well as workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities. The Haywood Community College Foundation is where opportunity, hard work and generosity intersect to educate our community. With over $14 million in assets, the HCC Foundation operates from a position of strength. We need your help to continue our strong foundation.  

About Us 

Created in 1975, under the North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation Act, Haywood Community College Foundation creates relationships that empower people through education. It assists the college to secure the necessary and timely financial support unavailable through its traditional public funding source. 

In order to fulfill its mission, the HCC Foundation provides funds and fosters relationships to support students, faculty, programs, and capital improvements. The HCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization through which tax-deductible gifts may be made to benefit HCC. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as provided by state and federal laws. 

Every gift to the Foundation, no matter how large or small, is gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated, because each gift represents the donor’s expressed goodwill toward the college. Gifts are used in many ways including the following: 

  • Scholarships 
  • Student Ambassadors 
  • Student emergency needs 
  • Student experiential learning opportunities 
  • Student transportation 
  • Mini-grants for student impact, staff & faculty 
  • Staff and faculty professional development 
  • College events and marketing development 
  • Technology enhancements 
  • And many more… 

Giving to the Foundation is an investment that contributes to the success of students. For additional information about making a gift to HCC Foundation, contact Hylah Birenbaum at the HCC Foundation, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721; telephone (828) 627-4544 or hebirenbaum@haywood.edu. 

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Donate Now 

To donate, click on the "Donate to the HCC Foundation" button below. You will be taken away from Haywood Community College's website to Official Payments' website. You will be asked for contact, payment information, and make sure to complete the designation information for donation. 

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Thank You! 

Haywood Community College welcomes your generous gift to help support our students with scholarships, field trips, events, experiential learning, and other needs. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged with a letter from the HCC Foundation. Please contact Hylah Birenbaum at (828) 627-4544 or hebirenbaum@haywood.edu with any questions. 

Board of Directors

The HCC Foundation receives oversight from the established Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on our board, please reach out to Hylah Birenbaum at (828) 627-4544 or hebirenbaum@haywood.edu. We are so thankful for our Board and the direction they provide to the college to serve the needs of our students to better the community where we live and work.

Mr. Jon Overbay, Chair
Mr. Jack Bishop, III Vice-Chair
Dr. Ed Brown, III
Mr. Bill Cannon
Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson
Ms. Marion Hamel
Mr. Jeff Haynes
Mr. Charles Henson
Mr. John Keith
Dr. Lucina Lampila
Ms. Susan Mahoney
Mr. Scott McLeod
Ms. Tammy McDowell
Mr. Torry Pinter, II
Dr. Joseph Ramellini
Ms. Phyllis Vance
Mr. Gorham Bradley
Ms. Angie Guy Leatherwood
Ms. Amy Boyd Sugg
Ms. Laura Tragesser
Dr. Myra Watson

Ex-Officio Members:
Dr. Shelley White, President
Hylah Birenbaum, Foundation Executive Director
Ms. Karen Denney, VP of Operations

Student Impact

"People like you that help people like me keep pushing forward, is why Haywood Community College has been a great experience so far. i have encountered many great teachers that are willing to do all they can to help their students get through the college life and I am very grateful to be attending a college that is like a family."  
Maria - W. W. Garrett Family Endowed Scholarship
"My passion for serving my family and community has spurred my desire to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Without generous people like you, students like me would have the fantastic opportunity to better myself and have the ability to one day give back to the community that raised me."
Joseph - Elizabeth Staiger Memorial Endowed Scholarship
"Having the honor of being awarded this scholarship was very helpful in being able to continue my education, so that I can one day teach the future of America." 
Kara - Sara Queen Brown Endowed Scholarship
"I am deeply appreciative of your support of my educational endeavors. The financial assistance you have provided will help me in paying my educational expenses and allow me t concentrate more of my time on studying. Your support encourages me to continue working hard and doing well in accomplishing my goals so that one day I can give back to the community as you have done." 
Matthew - Sam and Carolyn Wiggins Endowed Scholarship

BOBCAT CHAT

Hylah Birenbaum

If you're interested in learning more about what the Foundation does to support HCC's students and employees, take a quick listen to our Bobcat Chat featuring the Foundation Director, Hylah Birenbaum. 

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