Funds that Support Our Students
In addition to providing scholarships, Foundation funds support students and the College in other ways:
General Continuing Education Fund This fund provides up to $250 for acute needs such as tuition, fees, and transportation to Continuing Education students who are working to receive certification or license renewals.
Dean Dr. Donna LaGanga Award This award provides up to $75 for books for continuing education students with financial need.
Student Art Show The Art Show took place in the Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery in May. Paintings, drawings, graphic designs, digital media, 3-dimensional designs, photography, and sculptures by Tunxis students were on display. The Foundation awards student winners with cash prizes in several categories.
Student Emergency Fund The fund helps students with acute, short-term basic needs, such as groceries, rent, utility bills and bus passes. This support is invaluable to the students served.
Tunxis Community College Dental Hygiene & Service Learning programs Service Learning dental students apply what they learn in the classroom in the community. The Foundation supports many of their project needs, such as oral health screenings on both the Navajo Reservation in Utah’s Monument Valley and Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota and free clinics as part of Connecticut’s Mission of Mercy project.
Tunxis Community College Library This wonderful Library was designed to serve the students, faculty, staff, and community of Tunxis Community College. As the demand for library services outweighs the state-provided funds, the Foundation helped provide equipment, supplies and other materials that couldn’t otherwise be purchased. This library is open to the public and offers access to computers and printers.
Veterans OASIS Founded in 2009, the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service) supports returning veteran students so they can connect, study, encourage each other and share their experiences as they transition back into civilian life and pursue their degrees. The Foundation has helped support Tunxis veterans by purchasing supplies and appliances for the OASIS, as well as support their participation in local veteran community events.
Vitrano Jazz Series The Vitrano Family began the Vitrano Jazz Series in 2014, which took place on the Tunxis campus in the Cyber Café. The Series included three performances throughout the year. The first jazz night took place in November. The next two took take place in 2015 on February 25th and April 8th.