Our students are determined to succeed.
We’re determined to support them.
Our students want to stay in school to gain the skills and earn the degrees that will get them well-paying jobs, and help them build better lives for themselves and their families. They are the future workforce of New York City. But to succeed they need your help. A generous donor has pledged to contribute $5 million. Our largest gift ever. To unlock these funds we need to raise another $10 million.
Driven by goals and grit, 60% of our students are immigrants, most are first-generation college students, and 71% come from homes with less than $30,000 in annual incomes. The LaGuardia Community College Foundation directly supports students with scholarships, emergency aid, internships, on-campus job placements, and professional development to ensure they are able to stay in school and graduate in order to improve their lives, families, and communities. Our students can’t do it alone, and neither can we.
With your support we can close the opportunity gap and build a more equitable society.
Class of 2020, Computer Science
Growing up in Nepal, Lama Sacheth dreamed of coming to the U.S. to study at LaGuardia Community College. Though challenging, Lama juggled classes with full-time work. When Lama lost his job, he received emergency funds from the College Foundation. Today he is nearing graduation with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.
Class of 2019, English-Spanish Translation
When Susana Alvis moved to New York City from Colombia, she was determined to find a way to support herself through college. She applied for and received a scholarship and emergency funding from the LaGuardia Community College Foundation. Today, she’s closer to her ultimate goal of working as an interpreter for the United Nations.
Class of 2020, Programming & Systems
Mohammed wanted to follow his brother’s footsteps as a LaGuardia President’s Society Ambassador. He enrolled and found on-campus jobs and later turned to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation Emergency Funds, which enabled him to stay in college. He plans to earn his bachelor’s and then work for a tech company.
Class of 2019, Business Administration
Shania Persuad moved from Guyana to New York City hoping to become the first in her family to earn a college degree. She joined President’s Society, an experience she credits with building her self-confidence. Today, Shania is on her way towards developing a career in cyber security.
Our students have determination, intelligence, resilience, and incredible work ethic. What they don’t have are financial support, role models and career opportunities to help them move up the ladder to the middle-class.
Our students come from households with less than $30,000 in annual family income and they work two or three jobs to be able to pay their tuition and living expenses. This work-to-survive cycle means students often take fewer credits per semester and have a harder time graduating. Together we can change that by providing:
Access creates opportunity. We help students build their networks and professional skills through:
A win-win for both the program’s paid student advisors and the students they work with, the Peer Advising Program ensures students’ experiences are centered through hands-on mentorship and guidance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented economic hardship for many of the 2.3 million residents of Queens, including the students of LaGuardia Community College and their families. LaGuardia’s Division of Adult & Continuing Education (ACE) is poised to help rebuild NYC’s economy by providing opportunities for Queens residents to learn new skills, acquire industry-recognized credentials, and transition into well-paying career paths. LaGuardia is leading this effort with a new scholarship fund for ACE students and the Foundation is committed to helping hundreds of Queens residents get back to work. Give now.
Foundation recipients are three times more likely to graduate than general students.
of Foundation funds go directly to students because we limit overhead and focus on what matters.
A LaGuardia Community College degree moves students from poverty to opportunity – from <$30K annual family income to >$58K individual income.
When you make a gift to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, you’re investing in students, not overhead. Nearly all 95% of gifts go directly to students. We welcome gifts of all sizes and are happy to connect with you about named scholarships and other giving options.
The LaGuardia Community College Foundation offers opportunities for donors to fund a scholarship. To discuss details please call at (718) 482-5610.
Make a gift to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. Notification of your gift will be sent to the individual or family of the honoree.
For information about planned giving or designating a gift to LaGuardia, please contact:
LaGuardia Community College Foundation 31-10 Thomson Ave, Room E508 Long Island City, NY 11101 Tel: (718) 482-5610 Fax: (718) 609-2050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many companies will match your gift to the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, doubling or sometimes tripling its value if they participate in a Matching Gift Program. Check with your employer to see if they participate. Then obtain your employer’s matching gift form and return it to us with your gift.
If you prefer to mail your gift, download and print the contribution form to include with your check or credit card information. Checks can be made out to "The LaGuardia Community College Foundation," and gifts can be mailed to:
The LaGuardia Community College Foundation 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E508 Long Island City, NY 11101
Call (718) 482-5610 or email email@example.com to request information on how to make a gift of stock that will provide tax benefits to you and significantly help LaGuardia students.
For more information about what we’re doing and how to support our students, contact us. Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM.
Phone (718) 482-5610
Address LaGuardia Community College ATTN: LaGuardia Community College Foundation 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-508 Long Island City, NY 11101
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