That Create Possibilities
In memory of the late Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Matthew LeTourneau, the Captain Matt LeTourneau Memorial Foundation established an annual scholarship to support students pursuing a degree in Fire Science. “Creating a scholarship endowment at Community College of Philadelphia in Matt’s memory is the perfect way to carry on his passion for firefighting and advancing knowledge, and to honor Matt’s exceptional 11 years of service with the Philadelphia Fire Department,” said Mary T. Kury, the Captain Matt LeTourneau Memorial Foundation treasurer.
For the last two years, the Sam and Kate Sidewater Foundation has supported scholarships for students pursuing short-term workforce training programs, demonstrating their commitment to Philadelphia and the city’s workforce. The Sidewater scholarship program is one of the first scholarships at the College designated specifically for students in workforce development certificate programs, including Pharmacy Technician, Dental Hygiene Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Bookkeeping and others. “We are pleased to support Community College of Philadelphia’s work to provide career training to Philadelphians, giving them the opportunity to get jobs, develop careers and change their lives,” said Sam and Kate Sidewater.
Since 2019, Arthur and Andra Seidner have given annually from the Arthur and Andra Seidner Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for student scholarships. “Supporting Community College of Philadelphia helps students build bridges to a secure and brighter future,” said Andra Seidner.
The Joan M. Wismer Foundation is providing tuition scholarships and other financial support for 14 students in the Pharmacy Technician program. Not only does their generosity support the students throughout the training, it also covers the cost for the students to sit for the national certification exam.
Student Wins Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Tahara Garrison-Brown, ‘22, received the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation’s Hayward L. Bell Scholarship in 2021. “That scholarship almost completely covered my final year, which I could not have done without it,” said Garrison-Brown, who is looking to attend an HBCU and pursue a Nursing degree. “Attending CCP has not only helped me save some money, but it has allowed me to take advantage of some wonderful opportunities. Overall, I feel that my experience at CCP has given me a great foundation for nursing school at a four-year college, and I couldn’t be more excited for this journey.”
This spring, Garrison-Brown was awarded the highly competitive 2022 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Selected from a nationwide pool of more than 1,200 applicants based on academic achievement, unmet financial need, persistence and leadership, Garrison-Brown will receive up to $55,000 per year to complete a bachelor’s degree at the college or university of her choosing.
New Scholarships and Awards in 2021–2022:
- The Accounting Achievement Scholarship Endowment
- Captain Matt LeTourneau Fire Science Scholarship
- Daphne Nichols Herbert and Adele Magner Memorial Award
- Jacob’s Music Piano Tech Scholarship
- Madelyne Baldwin Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
- Mirele and Melvin Steinig Memorial Fund
- MOSI Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund
- Nursing Scholarship
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Studies Scholarship
- Samuel Hirsch Scholarship
- Sidewater Scholarship Fund
- Virginia Moffit Sherman Scholarship for Nursing Students
Employees Give Back with Scholarships
Employees giving back in a big way to help students, showing how much they care and strengthening the CCP Lion community through the establishment of scholarships to support student access and success.
Chuck Herbert, Computer Technologies department chair, donated more than $50,000 to establish the Daphne Nichols Herbert and Adele Magner Memorial Award in honor of their many contributions to the College’s Theater program.
A faculty member for nearly half a century before her retirement in 2015, Dr. Sonia Ochroch established the Dr. Sonia K. Ochroch Scholarship with a $100,000 gift in 2016 to support students studying Psychology. Five years later, Dr. Ochroch once again generously donated $100,000 to grow the scholarship fund. “During the 49 years I taught Psychology at CCP, I learned that many of my students were working while pursuing their degree, and that many were the first person in their family to attend college,” said Dr. Ochroch. “I have dedicated my scholarship for Psychology majors and have been told by the recipients that they were very appreciative and could not have continued college without my scholarship.”
Dr. Samuel Hirsch retired as vice president of Academic and Student Success in June 2022 after 43 years at the College and having served in various roles. Throughout his tenure, he had an impact on nearly every aspect of the College, creating many student support services and helping the institution grow, adapt, and advance. In honor of his retirement and his passion for students’ wellness, success and ability to thrive, funds were raised for a scholarship supporting Nursing students in their academic endeavors. If you would like to contribute to the fund in Dr. Hirsch’s honor or make another tribute gift, please visit foundation.ccp.edu.
Participating with Purpose
The community came together for the Foundation’s first-ever “Roar for Change” Day of Giving. On April 5, CCP Lions showed their collective power during a special 24 hours of raising funds to support students. The Day of Giving included an alumni virtual game night, opportunities to learn about CCP’s impact, giveaways on campus and more.
The Foundation invited scholarship donors and students to a Virtual Scholarship Celebration in November 2021. Students contributed photos and videos to thank benefactors responsible for their scholarship awards, giving donors the opportunity to hear firsthand about the impact of their generosity. Alumni and donors also shared video messages for the virtual celebration.
The Foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign at the end of November was once again a success, with the CCP Lions community giving generously during the holiday season.