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  • Long Island City, NY – July, 2011

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation’s 2011 Spring Into Action campaign reached its $100,000 challenge goal qualifying it for an additional $100,000 from the Selz Foundation for full tuition scholarships for LaGuardia students. This was the first challenge in LaGuardia’s history and it successfully achieved its goal.

    “The Selz Challenge provided the Foundation with a wonderful opportunity for generating $200,000 that will provide 58 new Spring Into Action full scholarships for students in the 2011-2012 academic year,” said LaGuardia Community College Foundation Executive Director E. Ramone Segree. “With this Challenge, the Foundation will be able to reach even greater milestones this year.”

    The Spring Into Action campaign was conceived in 2009 by Foundation board director Marilyn Skony Stamm who chaired the campaign. “I believed that providing full tuition scholarships would significantly assist deserving students in completing their LaGuardia education,” said Ms. Stamm, “And our committed donors are helping us realize that goal.”

    To meet this challenge, the Foundation reached out to all constituency groups including LaGuardia Community College Foundation directors, faculty and staff, alumni, local businesses, corporations, other foundations and friends.

    LaGuardia serves a student population that looks to Foundation support as a vital financial resource. Over one-half of LaGuardia students come from households making under $25,000 annually, and most require financial assistance, even though the College’s tuition is among the lowest in the New York area. International and out-of-state students, whose tuition is double and are not eligible for financial aid, look to the Spring Into Action scholarships as a way to help fill the financial gap.

    “Tuition assistance not only makes attendance possible and much less challenging, but it has a huge impact on the students’ lives,” said Executive Director Segree, who added that data shows that, upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ family income increases by 17%.

    Since its inception in March 2003, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation has provided over 2,600 scholarships to students. In addition to scholarship support, the fundraising arm of the institution has provided funding for textbooks, transportation and state-of-the-art resources to prepare students for life’s work and leadership. Foundation board members, donors, alumni and friends are involved in many aspects of College activities, including mentoring students, serving on advisory boards, and speaking to student groups about their professions.

    Visit http://www.laguardia.edu/lagfoundation to learn more.

    LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at twice the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for our boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia, we imagine new ideas; create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger.Visit http://www.laguardia.edu. to learn more.

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