Through the generous gifts of individuals, organizations, corporations and businesses, the RVCC Foundation awards more than $300,000 annually in scholarships to help to defray the cost of tuition, fees and educational supplies for students who lack the resources to pay for college.
There are several options available to provide scholarship support for deserving students at RVCC. Your support will have a huge and enduring impact on the lives of our students.
General Scholarships General Scholarships are created when resources are combined from many donors. Contributions in any amount may be given at any time.
Specific Areas Of Study Donors may choose to allocate their gift to support scholarships in particular areas of study, such as nursing and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, the arts, advanced manufacturing and workforce development programs, and more.
Named Scholarships Donors can establish a named scholarship in one’s own name or in honor of a family member, friend or colleague as a way to celebrate the individual’s legacy. Memorial Scholarships may be established to honor the life of a loved one who has passed away; family and friends are often invited to make contributions to this fund. The RVCC Foundations asks for a minimum, financial commitment of $10,000 that can be made of several years to ensure continuity of funding for the named scholarship.
RVCC’S Athletics Program promotes and encourages the enhancement of individual lives through social, academic, emotional and physical activity in the body of intercollegiate athletics. Support a team, take a sponsorship on the Athletics website page, or help purchase equipment.
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship is an academic and professional resource for the entire college community that supports the growth of faculty as educators, scholars, and experts in their fields. The Center also provides opportunities for RVCC students to conduct authentic research that leads to increased student success. Donations to the Center also fund innovative ideas and opportunities that emerge during the year and occur outside of normal RVCC budget sources.
Civic Engagement programs highlight the important role individuals and institutions play in promoting civic involvement and public service.
Institute Holocaust and Genocide Studiesprovides programs and services for New Jersey middle and high school teachers and students, the RVCC community and the general public that promote the study of the Holocaust and other genocides and crimes against humanity, making important connections between the past and current world events.
Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice engages area high school students in educational programs that promote Robeson’s ideals of achievement in academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship.
Service Learning at RVCChelps students learn about complex social and economic issues affecting local communities and apply what they have learned in class to make a difference.
The Honors College at RVCC is a highly selective program that offers high-achieving high school students a rigorous and enriching academic experience. Funds are needed for endowed professorships; visiting lecturers and Scholars-in-Residence; student retreats and excursions; honors colloquia; and Capstone Research Projects.
The Planetarium serves more than 20,000 K-12 New Jersey school children and teachers, with another 10,000 visitors attending the public programs. Help fund the educational digital library or capital upgrades for the 100-seat, Digital Full-Dome Planetarium. Support the innovative K-12 initiative “Preparing for the Next Generation of Science Standards.”
The Theatre at RVCC offers world-class performing arts programs designed for the very young and their families, school children and adults, and members of the RVCC community, enriching the lives of more than 25,000 people annually. Sponsor a production; adopt a school to purchase tickets; support the series of programs for children on the autism spectrum.
The Visual and Performing Arts programs create a challenging and innovative space to study dance, theatre, digital media, and the visual arts. Fund an exhibit at the Art Gallery, cover the cost of a live model, or support a student theatre or dance production.
From buildings to equipment, you can designate your funding to support a wide range of programs and opportunities that invigorate teaching and learning on campus.
Many capital projects offer naming opportunities. We would be honored to recognize your leadership gift and have your name memorialized on a plaque to showcase your business or company, honor a friend or colleague, or memorialize someone special.
Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadershipopened its doors in February 2014 and is now providing an adaptable, fully networked, dedicated space that promotes cross-departmental, collaborative learning and leadership development and offers a centralized location for clubs and co-curricular activities. The RVCC Foundation needs capital support to repay the portion of the debt service that the Boards of Chosen Freeholders of Somerset and Hunterdon County have assumed, and to cover construction costs to finish the third floor.
Christine Todd Whitman Science Center- To accommodate the dramatic growth in STEM majors. RVCC is improving the functionality and efficiency of the existing 26,000 square-foot center and building an additional 23,500 square feet to the two-story building.* The expansion of the Science Center will allow the College to offer more classes and expand on student and faculty research. To fully equip the five new labs, the College seeks private sector funding to purchase fume hoods enclosing the work area and specialty cabinets to hold beakers, student work, and other equipment.
*The College received support of $7 million from the State of New Jersey’s “Building Our Future” Bond Act and $2.4 million in matching funds provided by the Boards of Chosen Freeholders of Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Technology Equipment – Past donations have helped faculty purchase tablets to support the “flipped classroom” in biology and math classes; a handheld Thermo Scientific Niton x-ray fluorescence analytical device for the Environmental Studies Department; Google Glasses and an Oculus Rift DK2 (virtual reality goggles) for the Math Department; and more. Meet with our STEM faculty to learn how you can advance their work in and out of the classroom.
Planetarium -The Planetarium needs a new dome; RF Wireless Assisted Listening devices for guests who have hearing impairments; upgrades in video equipment and speakers; and an infusion of funds to expand its digital library.