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2017-2018 Tunxis Community College Foundation Scholarship Application

The Tunxis Community College Foundation has completed accepting scholarship applications for 2017/2018. 

Thank you to everyone who applied!  Our scholarship committee will review the applications and notify students in December via email.  We look to award scholarships in January and May of 2018.  Many of our scholarships are valid for up to 18 months. Thank you and enjoy your journey at Tunxis Community College. 

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34th Annual Student Achievement & Recognition Ceremony

Slide through or download our 34th Annual Student Achievement & Recognition Ceremony brochure. 





You are invited to celebrate 45 YEARS of Opening Doors

You are Invited to the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference

While much has changed since 1970, our founding commitment to help students access education and develop the tools they need to succeed remains the same. In addition to funding scholarships, we have expanded our support to include special learning projects, the Arts and our Veterans. We now reach far beyond the Farmington Valley into well over 15 towns and cities throughout Connecticut.  Today and into the future our students live, work and play where you do business.

Please join us on November 12th and help us celebrate our 45 year history of opening doors to student success!

Featuring Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer,  Former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, Inc.  Our student speaker is Nelsen Algarin.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic ConferenceThursday, November 12, 2015
Farmington Marriott Grand Ballroom
15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington, CT 06032
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Music
Saxophonist, GB Sneed, Tunxis Alumnus

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7:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – Student Speaker Nelsen Algarin
9:00 a.m.  – Keynote Speaker – George Bodenheimer
10:00 a.m. – Closing Remarks




Economic Conference Student Speaker

Our student speaker, Nelson Algarin is a leader in his own right. Nelson is an Afghanistan War Veteran who overcame survivor’s guilt. Throughout his time at Tunxis Community College he has transformed himself into a campus leader.  He is currently the President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members). Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships.


Economic Conference Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer

espnOur keynote speaker is George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman with ESPN, Inc.  George began his career at ESPN as a driver in the mailroom and became President just  17 short years later.

Mr. Bodenheimer will share his experiences and insights gained during his impressive 33 years at ESPN. Come find out how important branding is both professionally and personally.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference


State of the Connecticut Economy by Scott Whipple

New Britain Herald

FARMINGTON — James Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, had a mixed message about the state’s economy Thursday at the Annual Economic Conference of Tunxis Community College Foundation.

Speaking at the Farmington Club, Smith reviewed the current state of the Connecticut economy and gave his perspective on how to grow the state’s economy. Smith joined Webster in 1975, was appointed CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1995. He is co-chairman of the American Bankers Council.

“I believe economic growth can accelerate in the state to match that of surrounding states,” Smith said. “Connecticut is the most productive state in the U.S. with the kind of specific technical knowledge that can lead to a higher quality of life.”

James Smith, Webster BankHe added that United Technologies staying in the state, plus the growth of Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, are positive signs. On the other hand, poverty has deepened in Connecticut cities, and the state’s unfunded liabilities are number one in the nation. Because of unfunded liabilities, he said, the state’s investment in an IT system is limited.

“We have chosen not to invest in our infrastructure because of promises made by past politicians,” he said. “We can’t do everything, but we need to make choices that invest in the future.”

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2014 Economic Conference Sponsors

Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor – $5,000

Chuck Pagano
Pratt & Whitney
Stanley Black & Decker
Webster Bank

Gold Sponsor – $2,500

Barnes Group
Brass Valley
Clinton Roberts Foundation
D’Amato Construction
EDAC Technologies Corporation
Follet Bookstore

Silver Sponsor – $1,000

Dr. Cathryn Addy
David Brantner
Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
First Bristol Federal Credit Union
Fourslide Spring & Stamping, Inc.
Gene F. Prentiss & Company, Inc.
Gen Re
Thomaston Savings Bank
Attorney Salvatore Vitrano

Bronze Sponsor – $500

Dr. Charles Bencivengo
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Facilities Engineering Associates, Inc.
Lockton Benefits Group
Mott Corporation
Tecton Architects
The Investors Center, Inc.
Tomasso Brothers
Tracy-Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services

Table Sponsors

Tim Stewart
Bob Voight

Half Table Sponsors

Tim Fitch
Nancy Grassilli


2014 Economic Conference Success!

economic conferenceToday’s “What Connecticut Can Do to Begin Growing” 2014 Economic Conference was a success! A special thank you to James C. Smith and Herbert Browne IV for speaking to our guests comprising of student’s, sponsors, board members and community leaders. The Tunxis Community College Foundation prides itself in its 43rd year of service to the College. This conference is one of our primary fundraising programs which along with other special events and community outreach raises funds that provide:

  • Annual scholarships totaling over $50,000 to Tunxis students
  • Support to college community service projects to expand student and faculty member academic experiences
  • Student emergency aid
  • Arts and cultural programs
  • Funding for the purchase of equipment, furnishings and computers
  • Support for the Veteran’s OASIS
  • Other priority needs as identified by the College and Foundation

Thank you again for your generosity, support and encouragement to other individuals and businesses to join our mission to increase educational access, sustain instructional quality and improve the quality of life in the Tunxis Community College service region.

Sponsor List


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Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.