Dear Amarillo College Supporters:
2017 was a great year for Amarillo and its College! We have a firm foundation and a good roadmap for the future under the direction of the AC Regents, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart and the entire AC leadership team. This year has been very transformational in regards to it being the first full year of the new eight-week format for many courses. Data is showing that this new format has been very effective in enabling today's student to have a higher completion success rate. Furthermore, an increase in enrollment has been witnessed!
The reality is that education, no matter how affordable, puts cost and other demands on the student. As many of you know, the Foundation exists to solicit and administer gifts and grants for the benefit of AC students, faculty and staff, its programs and facilities. It is our duty to help remove obstacles that may be in the way of students achieving their educational dreams/goals.
In regards to grant administration, the Foundation has always evaluated and awarded various grants for areas of need as they arose. However, due to the fact that over 50% of AC students fall below the poverty line, we know that more must be done. The Foundation has decided to be more purposeful about this process and has added a formal Grants committee. This committee will meet quarterly to review college-wide grant requests and make awards. We want to make sure that the non-traditional needs of the students are being met. The committee will evaluate college programs that help in areas such as financial counseling, food, clothing, childcare, incidental expenses, mental health, etc. We are fortunate that we are in a financial position to be able to help with this in a more meaningful way going forward.
Rest assured that accountability is critical and at the core of the Foundation. We have numerous internal and external controls to ensure the financial integrity of the Foundation. Our goal is to be good stewards of your gifts and the assets we are entrusted with for the ultimate benefit of the student.
Please join us in supporting the Foundation in our annual campaign with a contribution or pledge.