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Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

Blue Ridge Community College is making an impact

in Henderson and Transylvania Counties

by offering scholarships to ensure those who want to pursue a college education

can do so without financial burden.


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$437,059 in scholarship dollars to students. .. and we want to do more.

Many of Blue Ridge Community College’s students take advantage of scholarships offered through the Educational Foundation or receive assistance from grants and loans in order to pay for their education. Last year, the Educational Foundation awarded more than $437,059 in scholarship dollars to students. We want to do more.


Your gift also addresses critical needs.

Obstacles and Opportunities in the life of a student.

Unexpected obstacles, like transportation or childcare needs, have the potential to derail a student from ultimately completing their academic goals. We want to ensure success by providing resources through Foundation funding that allow faculty and staff to seize opportunities which offer exceptional value to our students – opportunities and needs that exist outside the classroom, yet enrich the overall experience.


Blue Ridge Community College small group of students standing, talking and smilingStudent Success Initiatives that lack state funding, yet can boost overall success.

Innovative technologies like a campus-wide mass notification system can boost student success and result in lasting change for the College. One of several student success initiatives is our recently purchased texting alert mobile application; allowing for rapid updates to our student population during weather and emergency incidents as well as sending important student reminders. This would have remained unfunded without Foundation support due to a tight state budget. Foundation funding is essential to assist with more student success initiatives.


Emerging Programs that require assistance with start-up funds.

The College has been fortunate to have collaborated with corporate and community partners to create innovative programs and training opportunities like SAMTEC and the brewing program. However, many of these emerging programs require additional start-up funds to ensure sustainability. The Foundation is able to play an integral role in taking the program through concept to completion by paying for those additional costs.




Pay it forward endowmentIn 2006, long time Blue Ridge supporter Ellen Perstein provided an initial gift to establish the Pay It Forward Endowed Chair Fund. In 2013, the College named Sharon Suess the first Pay It Forward Endowed Chair recipient. Sharon, an engineer herself, leads the advanced manufacturing and engineering programs at Blue Ridge.

Funding endowed chair positions, allows Blue Ridge to ensure the continued success of emerging programs at the College.


Our Impact:

With contributions from donors like you, the Foundation is able to support innovation and collaboration at Blue Ridge Community College. Together, we’re creating impact throughout our community.


About Us

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the students, faculty, and programs of Blue Ridge Community College.  Under the direction of its volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation provides philanthropic leadership and support aimed at helping Blue Ridge Community College accomplish its mission.

Each year, the Foundation provides financial assistance to students through scholarships, a work-study program, and emergency loans and grants; purchases state-of-the-art equipment for use in classrooms; sponsors faculty development through special projects; enables the College to achieve its institutional effectiveness goals; provides start-up costs for new programs; and solicits monies for other projects on campus.

Private support through the Foundation enables Blue Ridge Community College to keep pace with the educational changes occurring in its service area and in the lives of its students, faculty, staff, and the citizens it serves. Even though the Foundation is a separate, legal entity, it serves as a vessel for broadening support for the College through the involvement of citizens who share in the College's mission and vision.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to aid, strengthen, and further in every proper and useful way the work and services of Blue Ridge Community College and to provide broader educational opportunities to its students, staff, faculty, and to the residents of Henderson and Transylvania Counties.


Contact Us

Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation
180 West Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Phone: (828) 694-1710
Fax: (828) 694-1690

or use our contact form to send general questions or inquiries.