KVCC Foundation

Kalamazoo Valley Foundation

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation, an independent 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, is one way the college works to assist students with financial needs. The Foundation was established in 1980 to accept and administer unrestricted contributions and those designated for specific purposes, such as student scholarships, the purchase of equipment to improve instruction, and the construction of new facilities.

The Foundation's annual Opportunities for Education dinner is hosted each spring and is the main source of funding for the Foundation. For more information or to contribute to the Foundation, go to www.kvcc.edu/foundation/support.htm.


For more than 50 years, Kalamazoo Valley Community College has been providing life-changing experiences for students and their families. Although the college offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, many of our students can’t afford to attend college without assistance.

During the 2016-17 school year, the college processed more than 14,000 requests for financial aid. Of these requests, only 41% or 5,775 students received some form of financial aid. The number of financial aid applications continues to increase each year and the Foundation’s scholarship funds help meet student needs.

Greetings from Kalamazoo Valley Community College!

I am excited about the KVCC Foundation and the inspiring and life changing work it continues to do in support of our students. Your generous support of the Foundation enables the college to deliver on its mission of enriching the lives of our students and communities through quality educational programs and services.

The need for student scholarships has never been greater. Last year the Foundation awarded 332 students, $411,699 in student assistance. Already this year we have awarded 423 students a total of $495,239. Quite simply, the demand for student financial assistance continues to grow.

From innovative programs in healthcare, professional trades and art and new media to emerging studies in the culinary arts, sustainable food systems and the sciences, our outstanding faculty and support services help prepare students for in-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions.

Our region continues to be enhanced with thousands of Kalamazoo Valley graduates who have experienced the exceptional quality and diversity of our academic institution. We want to continue to expand educational opportunities to help students thrive and grow.

I am asking you to support our fund raising efforts because:

  • The greatest investment you can make – is an investment in people
  • Your gift will make a difference in the lives of our students and their families
  • An investment in our students is an investment in our community
  • A gift of any size matters
Our goal is to raise $50,000. By supporting this effort, you can help support those around you and continue to make Kalamazoo a more prosperous place for your family and for generations to come.

I am dedicated to these efforts and believe that it is so important that together with my wife, Tonja, I am making a gift to the KVCC Foundation. Won’t you join us by making a gift, too? Please use the enclosed, postage-paid envelope. If you have questions, please contact the KVCC Foundation at 269.488.4442 or www.kvcc.edu/foundation.

Thank you for your support of our students!

Best Regards,

L. Marshall Washington, Ph.D.