Community Giving Powers “Edge for Success” for Students and Faculty

Published: May 22, 2012

Queensborough Community College works to ensure that persistent, hard-working students receive the support they need to obtain a college education and achieve their dreams.

On Tuesday, May 22, the Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc launched the public phase of its “Edge for Success” campaign.

Edge for SuccessA shining example of a deserving student is Alisha Traille. A resident of Queens, Alisha is a Merit Scholar and a nursing student. Upon obtaining her Associate in Applied Science degree, Alisha plans to continue her studies to earn her bachelor’s degree and become a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatrics.

Alisha is also a member of the Barnes & Noble Student Impact Team and has made a commitment to “giving back” to her college by representing the school at community and public events and being a spokesperson for the Edge for Success campaign.

“Many students, like me, don't have the option of going to private colleges but still very much want to excel academically,” she states.

“I want donors like you to realize how important your investment is, and hopefully inspire you to continue to invest in students like myself in the future. Your contributions have funded scholarships, enabled our faculty to attend and present at national conferences and encouraged student research.”

In launching the public phase of its “Edge for Success” campaign, Queensborough will give more hard-working students that extra edge, so they can complete college and begin a rewarding career. “Edge for Success” also supports faculty research and scholarships, and Queensborough’s unique cultural institutions – Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, QCC Art Gallery, and the Queensborough Performing Arts Center.

WATCH the full video from the launch event here.

Two recent grants are helping Queensborough achieve its goals.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a National Leadership Grant for $495,000 to demonstrate Culture and Literacy Through Art for the 21st Century, an initiative designed to engage and empower adult immigrant English language learners and their families. The grant is also supported by matching funds from the College, CUNY, and several prominent collaborating partners. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Queensborough a $500,000 Challenge Grant to help raise support for interdisciplinary programs at The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA).  The College’s fundraising goal is to add $1,000,000 to the KHRCA endowment which will be matched up to $500,000 by the NEH Challenge Grant. Queensborough was one of only six community colleges in the United States to receive the competitive grant.

Queensborough has changed the lives of 50,000 alumni since the college’s founding in 1959 – helping them realize their potential and giving them the skills to obtain employment and advance in their careers.

Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President, notes, “I often have the opportunity to speak with our students about their determination to obtain a quality education. It’s gratifying to hear them describe how they have overcome their obstacles with the encouragement and mentorship they have received from our excellent faculty and staff.”

The “Edge for Success” campaign has reached nearly 85 percent of its overall goal - $25 million by 2015 – with 87 percent of its gifts coming from community supporters and local partnerships who continue to believe in the power of higher education as a way to strengthen the local workforce and improve their local communities.

For more information on scholarships and other investments to benefit Queensborough Community College’s students and the local community, contact Rosemary Sullivan Zins, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at (718) 281-5144.

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Alice Doyle
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