Tunxis Community College Foundation

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Our Mission

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

Giving Appeal

2018 Giving Appeal

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. 

application for scholarship


2016 Economic Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • D’Amato Construction Company
  • Stanley Black & Decker

Gold Sponsors

  • Barnes Foley Services
  • Foley Services
  • TRUMPF Inc.

Silver Plus

  • Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.
  • Deloitte
  • Follet Higher Education Group
  • Peter & Nancy Grassilli
  • Webster Bank

Silver Sponsors

  • Bristol Hospital
  • Farmington Bank
  • First Bristol Federal Credit Union
  • Fourslide Spring and Stamping, Inc.
  • Gene F. Prentiss & Company, P.C.
  • Thomaston Savings Bank
  • Sal & Margaret Vitrano
  • Bob Voight

Bronze Plus

  • Tracy, Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services

Bronze Sponsors

  • I. Todd Russell and Maier True Communication
  • The Investors Center
  • Lockton Benefits
  • Main Street Foundation
  • Monarch Jewelers

Full Table Sponsor

  • Sergeant James T. Scott
  • Tim M. Fitch

Coffee & Tea Sponsor

  • Andrews Benefits
  • Chuck Cleary

Half Table Sponsor

  • New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Tunxis Student Bus Pass Sponsor

  • Hannoush Jewelers

Tunxis Student Book Sponsor

  • Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs) SEIU local 1973
  • David Sanabria
  • GB Sax Player – Friends, Fans & Followers
  • In memory of John Beverley, Sr.
  • Record – Journal Media Group

A special thank you to our Tunxis student ticket Sponsors


2015 Economic Conference Sponsors


  • Anonymous


  • ESPN
  • Stanley Black & Decker


  • DeLoitte
  • Webster Bank


  • Barnes Group
  • D’Amato Construction Company
  • Follet Bookstore
  • TRUMPF Inc.


  • Dr. Cathryn Addy


  • Gen Re & Kathleen Godfried


  • AIG Benefits Group
  • Blasius
  • Farmington Bank
  • First Bristol Federal Credit Union
  • Fourslide Spring and Stamping
  • Gene F. Prentiss & Company
  • Peter & Nancy Grassilli
  • Salvatore V. Vitrano & Margaret E. Vitrano
  • Thomaston Savings Bank


  • Lockton Benefit Group
  • Tracy-Driscoll Insurance


  • Ahmed Shaher
  • Computer Recycling/Brass Valley
  • Dr. Charles Bencivengo & Dr. Ko
  • June Archer – 100 Men & Women of Color
  • Monarch Jewelers
  • Mott Corporation
  • The Investors Center, Inc.
  • Tim Fitch
  • Todd Russell


  • Bristol Hospital


  • Chuck Cleary


  • Chief Ronnell Higgins
  • GB Sax Player – Friends, Fans & Followers


  • PC Net – Trumbull CT


  • Robert Voight


  • New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Join us for networking, breakfast and learn how to navigate change with Vanessa Williams.

It is with great pleasure to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s Economic Conference and Networking Breakfast to be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Farmington Marriott.  Vanessa Williams is the Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Consulting, a global executive coaching firm with offices in CT and FL. Vanessa is an  Executive Leadership Developer. Corporate Team Builder. Thinking Partner. Professional Certified Coach (PCC)


Join us for networking, breakfast and learn how to navigate change.  Vanessa’s presentation: “Change is the ultimate driver of our ability to compete in the new economy, boardroom and community in the 21st century”. Proceeds from this event will help transform students from classroom to career.  We invite you to purchase your tickets, sponsorships or make a donation to support the students and programs at Tunxis Community College.  https://tunxisfoundation-navigatingchangew-vanessawilliams.eventbrite.com


Vanessa has an International background and vast experience in Executive Coaching, Women and Diversity Leadership Coaching, Leadership Advancement, Operations Leadership, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Strategic Business Planning, Management and Financial Reporting, and Change Management. Vanessa uses a holistic approach with her clients from identifying success roadblocks and creating metric driven action plans and goal setting. She also works with executives, business owners and c-suites to identify strategic goals and to build and engage high performing collaborative teams. In her corporate career, Vanessa was a Managing Director for Horton International, a retained global boutique executive search firm headquartered in West Hartford, CT. She also held senior level and C-suite positions leading high-powered executive global teams for Sun Life, Prudential, Mass Mutual, Aetna, and UConn Health. Vanessa holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Virginia State University, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Leading Edge Consulting, LLC holds national certifications as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She sits on the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals, The New England Air Museum, and Amistad Center for Arts and Culture. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Reginald F. Lewis College Business Alumni at Virginia State University.


Her strategic business partner is John Madigan, CEO of Executive Talent Services of Farmington, CT.  Executive Talent Services provides executive coaching, talent management consulting, outplacement services for companies, executive search and Career Concierge® services for individual executives and emerging leaders.


34th Annual Student Achievement & Recognition Ceremony

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





Congratulations to over 100 incoming and returning students receiving over $113,900 in scholarships

Congratulations to more than 100 incoming and returning Tunxis students receiving over $113,900 in scholarships and awards “under the tents” on campus during our 34th Annual Student Achievement & Recognition Ceremony! Thank you to the many Philanthropists, businesses and the people who helped make 2017 extraordinary on campus and throughout the community! Enjoy more photos thanks to Lizz Riley of 5 Diamond Photography! 



iHeartRadio interviews Travelers Championship Tournament Director and the Tunxis Foundation

Rene DiNino of iHeartRadio interviewed Helen G. Sneed, Executive Director of the Tunxis Foundation along with Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship Tournament Director about the community impact of participating in Birdies for Charity throughout the state of Connecticut.

Please enjoy the podcast:


If you would like to donate to the Tunxis Foundation through Birdies for Charity, please use the link below by Friday, 6/23/2017. Thank you in advance for your warm generosity to the community and our students! $13.00 buys a meal for a student on campus.



Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, 5/24/2017 at 5pm on campus and “under the tents”

Thank you to the many students who submitted a scholarship application and good luck!  We will notify students in May if they have been awarded a scholarship.  The Tunxis Foundation will provide free “thank you” cards to students who receive a scholarship, we want to help students thank the Philanthropist(s) that made the scholarship possible.

Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, 5/24/2017 at 5pm on campus and “under the tents”.  Scholarships awarded in May of 2017 will be valid until December of 2018. 

May your life’s journey continue to improve by being at Tunxis!


Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Application

Tunxis Foundation Scholarship Application

Acceptance for scholarship applications has now closed for this year.

The Tunxis Community College Foundation is proud to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2017.  Our two page pdf application & essay (on the second page) are required for scholarship consideration and are due by 11:59pm 2/9/2017 via email to hsneed@new.tunxisfoundation.org

Essay: “What do you hope to achieve and how will this scholarship help you to achieve it?”
Hint: What is your story and how does Tunxis play a part in your future?
Our scholarship committee plans to meet in March and students will be notified by mid May.  Scholarship and awards night is planned for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5pm on campus, “under the tents.”

Our Tunxis Library, CCSU Library and public libraries throughout the State are available to students who may not have laptops or at home computer access.

We do have more students than scholarships but every month we are fortunate to have more people donate. Last year we had 284 applicants and awarded over 90 scholarships.  Thank you for applying and good luck!

Presdient Sal and Lombella

Foundation President, Sal Vitrano, Students Andrew Albert, Eric Doughty and Tunxis President Dr. James Lombella