The South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation was founded in 1983 as the Faribault Area Vocational Technical Trust Association to promote community post-secondary education in the Faribault area. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals from the area, including South Central College alumni.
2017-18 Summary of the Year
It was a privilege and honor to serve as the President of South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation for 2017-2018. The generosity of the community, passion and dedication of students and commitment of college staff are integral to the success of our students. During the past year, we were able to raise over $172,000 and awarded $114,300 in scholarships to 99 students on the Faribault campus.
Many heartwarming stories emerge during the process of awarding scholarships: stories of students being the first in their family to attend college, expressions of gratitude because they would not be able to attend without our help, and the excitement which lies ahead for them, all of which were reflected in our theme this past year, "Scholarships: Start Something Amazing."
Good things are happening at South Central College: “Achieving the Dream” is helping SCC chart ways to increase student success and to apply those techniques to current and future students; technical programs are returning and expanding to address a critical skills gap; and just this year we learned the Nursing programs received national accreditation and SCC students can start a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at SCC and seamlessly transfer to Metropolitan State University to complete a four year degree.
None of this would be possible without your generosity in time, talent and donations. Thank you so much for what you have done to help "Start Something Amazing!"
2017-2018 Foundation Board President
2018-2019 Annual Fund Drive
Supporting Student Success One Student at a Time
"Education has always been important in our family. My parents grew up during the Great Depression and both had to drop out of school in the eighth grade to help support their families. My siblings and I, with encouragement from my parents, were able to go to college. My mother earned her GED when I went to college and my younger brother was 11 years old. My wife, Barb, attended South Central College while working at Mayo Clinic to obtain her coding license, allowing her to move up to a job she really enjoyed.
South Central College provides an opportunity for many who have been forced to drop out of school or postpone higher education, to achieve their educational goals and have a productive and satisfying life."
Gene Buhr has served as President of 1st United Bank in Faribault since 2010 and has been employed at the bank for 37 years. After their four children graduated from high school, Barb was able to attend South Central College to take classes to help her get her medical coding license.
Endowments are truly gifts that last forever. An endowment can be established to support scholarships or general initiatives of the college and provide annual support for the chosen initiative using interest earned. A minimum contribution of $10,000 is required to establish an endowment and this can be done over a three year period if desired.
The following endowed funds were held by the Foundation.