Steve Proefrock standing at podium with other coaches.

Glen Oaks Foundation reminds donors how much scholarships benefit students

Students representing the arts, allied health fields and student athletics were front and center at the 2010 Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation on November 12. GOCC Foundation Luncheon visitors were surrounded by art exhibits explained by Professor of Art Michael Northrop, several Viking men’s basketball players and coaches introduced by GOCC Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Steve Proefrock, and an informative program about the Allied Health program by Medical Assisting Program Chair and Allied Health Instructor Brenda Luczek.
Guests at tables look on to Brenda Luczek presenting.
The 80 visitors were reminded by Dr. Gary Wheeler, President of Glen Oaks, that the college was one of the 50 Fastest Growing Small Colleges in America the past couple of years. “Students at Glen Oaks are engaged and involved with active student organizations like the Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa (a nationally-ranked, five-star academic achievement group), Medical Assistant Club, Student Government, and much more,” said Dr. Wheeler, reminding the audience that 75 percent of GOCC students receive some kind of financial assistance for college. He said grant programs like Upward Bound, a new Student Support Services (SSS) now being unveiled, and Achieving the Dream (ATD) will help the college measure and achieve success as more students complete college. Exciting new career opportunities are being tapped as Energy Auditors, Commercial Truck Driving, Allied Health careers, Electronics Technology, and partnerships for possible future Veterinary Technology program.

Janene Breneman, GOCC Foundation Executive Director, said 57 students were assisted in 2010-2011 with $72,000 in Glen Oaks Community College Foundation awards scholarships. Scholarships were given in business, health sciences, human services, art, technology, and athletics. “Through philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, students at Glen Oaks benefit from learning and enrichment opportunities that will in turn improve their quality of and standard of living. The generous gifts from donors make it possible for many students to attend college and reach their career goals,” said Breneman.

Breneman encouraged people to check the complete list of all the current scholarship funds and learn more about opportunities for giving to the Foundation by visiting Information is available on potential state and federal tax implications to giving to a 501 C 3 charitable organization.

Steve Proefrock introducing coaches and athletes and Brenda Luczek leading a program on allied health careers.