To the editor:
As I reflect on National Philanthropy Day, I write to highlight and celebrate the work throughout the year of Edison State Community College donors and board members. These loyal supporters positively impact the future of Edison State students.
The outcomes of funding from individuals, foundations, and businesses in our community are twofold. Edison State students directly receive much needed scholarship help that often makes the difference between attending college full-time and trying to balance work and part-time college attendance. An equally important outcome of community support is the external recognition of the value of an Edison State education. This recognition rewards and motivates the faculty, staff, and administration in knowing that our neighbors value our work.
It is with great pride that I call special attention to one of our largest donations in the history of Edison State that recently came from Thom and Patricia Robinson of the Robinson Fund. Because of their $2.5 million donation, students will now have access to a 5,200 square-foot career center and campus entry, aimed at the promotion and integration of students into a fast-growing and ever-changing workforce.
In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Thom and Patricia Robinson have committed numerous hours to many volunteer boards and committees to support the community while also remaining unwavering advocates of Edison State Community College.
On this special day, I am also grateful to the individuals who have served and are currently serving on The Edison Foundation Board. Your pledge to supporting students doesn’t go unnoticed and will be realized for years to come.
This academic year alone, Edison State Community College has awarded over $100,000 in academic and need-based scholarships to Edison State students through support from those previously mentioned.
Once again, thanks to the dedication of so many as you’ve changed our community in a lasting way for the better.
Dr. Doreen Larson
President of Edison State Community College