Community Annual Fund

Imagine a devoted husband and father of three working various jobs to help keep his family afloat. The bills are adding up; the family car breaks down.

Imagine this dad’s name is Ralphelle – because it is. He’s real. His life isn’t easy. Ralphelle discovers he can fix his car – this time. And then he realizes he can turn his hands-on knack into skills that make a difference for his struggling family.

Ralphelle SmithImagine Ralphelle enrolls in Stark State College’s automotive technology program and, thanks to generous donors like you, he’s well on his way to graduation and already has a good-paying job that has lightened his load and strengthened his family’s future.

“Every scholarship dollar I received has assisted me with my education and my future career goals,” said Ralphelle.  “Thanks to this opportunity, I’ve been able to break past barriers that once seemed impossible.”

Please consider joining us this year with a gift that changes life for students like Ralphelle.

There is no more lasting or meaningful gift than the gift of education.


Frequently Asked Questions…

Why should I give?

Your gift to the Stark State Annual Fund is important every year. All gifts, regardless of size, allow Stark State College to become the best institution it can be…and a leader in accessible higher education. Gifts to the Stark State Fund

  • provide scholarships for deserving students, making college accessible and increasing opportunities for completion success
  • help students to develop a skill set for gainful employment or prepare for seamless transition to a 4-year college
  • support dual enrollment, allowing high school students to gain college credit without incurring debt
  • address underfunded needs and gives us the ability to respond quickly to new challenges and opportunities that will advance the College
  • are an excellent way to make a tax-deductible contribution to the College’s mission and future.

Where does the money go?

Over the past 17 years, the Stark State College Foundation has given more than $2 million in scholarship funds to more than 7,000 students. During the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 academic year, the Foundation funded more than $400,000 for student scholarships, college projects, programs and instructional needs.

What is an endowed scholarship?

An endowed scholarship is a permanent charitable scholarship fund that is invested with a long term strategy in order to provide income into perpetuity without invading the principal. A tax-deductible donation of $5,000, payable over five years, will establish an endowed scholarship in your name or a loved one’s name.

What is a matching gift?

Many companies will match an employee’s or their spouse’s charitable donation. This is a great way to double your donation. Check with your employer to determine if they have such a program.

Your gifts are vital to ensuring that those who want to learn have the opportunity to do so. For more information on planned giving and other giving opportunities please call the Advancement Office, 330-494-6170 ext. 4643.

Thank you for supporting Stark State College Foundation.