Thankful for Scholarship Support

Students say "Thank You!" to those who had provided them with scholarships.
Students say “Thank You!” to those who had provided them with scholarships.

Students receiving financial assistance through the OCC Foundation recently had the opportunity to learn about the history and purpose of the scholarships they receive. The first “Thank-a-Thon” was held in the Gordon Student Center as part of National Philanthropy Day. As students learned about the generous donors who made their scholarship possible, they took the opportunity to express thanks.

RESIZED Bethany Witherell
Betheny Witherell

“Without scholarship support it would have been financially impossible to go back to school. I appreciate being able to pursue my dreams and express gratitude for the help I’ve received.” -Betheny Witherell, recipient of the Community Scholars Scholarship

RESIZED Dominic Tibbetts
Dominic Tibbetts

“Thank you very much for this scholarship. You really don’t know how much this means to me and my family. I am honored to receive this and to be put in the same category as Wesley Valentine.” -Dominic Tibbetts, recipient of the Wesley Valentine Memorial Scholarship Endowment

RESIZED Bridget Cleeton
Bridget Cleeton

“It was a huge honor to receive this scholarship and my parents were so proud of me. This money has helped to buy books for my classes. Thank you so much!” -Bridget Cleeton, recipient of the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

RESIZED Maria Everson
Maria Everson

“I would like to thank the donors for making this scholarship possible. It has helped with my college expenses and made my college experience less stressful. I am very honored and grateful for being recognized. Thank you!” -Maria Everson, recipient of the Ann McKinnon Memorial Endowed Scholarship

RESIZED Alison Teachout
Allison Teachout

“It was so awesome to receive this scholarship! I am a very non-traditional student and it was so rewarding to be offered an opportunity to get a scholarship. It will help my family, and I am so honored. Thank you!” -Allison Teachout, recipient of the Helen & John Etherington Endowed Scholarship

Students participating in the Thank-a-Thon were able to participate in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate from the Barnes and Noble College bookstore and other prizes.

Philanthropy Day Benefits Students

Monty Flynn, OCC's Director of Special Projects, oversees operations at the food pantry.
Monty Flynn, OCC’s Director of Special Projects, oversees operations at the food pantry.

Students in need were the big winners when OCC celebrated National Philanthropy Day in November. National Philanthropy Day® is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

OCC’s National Philanthropy Day fundraiser generated $1,800 for the Promise annual fund, $1,000 of which was earmarked to support the College’s food pantry. The money is used to restock shelves with food which goes to students in need. The food pantry has been utilized more than 100 times during the fall 2014 semester.

The food pantry is located in room 112 in the Gordon Student Center, and is open every Monday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. New this semester is a refrigerator which provides students access to donated perishable foods. Students who come for assistance are asked to fill out a questionnaire, and then collect items based on a point system which encourages them to shop for meals. Students who can’t come in when the food pantry is open will have a care package put together for them.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Student Association in room 104 in Gordon, or in the Educational Opportunity Program office in room 130. If you are interested in a financial donation to the food pantry please visit or contact the OCC Foundation at (315) 498-6060.

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