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COVID-19 has changed our lives as we are living in unprecedented times.  As we navigate through each day and the many changes, our community is coming together to support the Grayson College students who need our help!

The coronavirus pandemic has had an incomparable impact on our nation, our state, our community, on each of us and our students are no different.

This has caused major disruptions in the lives of all of our students. Some need emergency support to ensure they are fed, housed, and able to meet their basic needs all while still meeting their class requirements. 

Your support is critical to our students' future and academic success.

A gift to this emergency fund helps provide:

  • Funds for students who have lost wages or jobs they depend on to pay for their education and support themselves or their families.
  • Assistance with transportation expenses.
  • Immediate support for students facing housing challenges or food insecurity.

Any amount is most appreciated and WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

All funds raised will be administered and distributed by the university’s Student Emergency Fund to ensure equity and support for the student.

 Student Stories:

"I am a single mother of a six-year-old, I currently reside in a transitional home for victims of domestic violence. I fled my home due to domestic violence and decided to take back my life and give my daughter an example to follow. I worked hard to make sure I met every single requirement for the nursing program. I decided to take out student loans to survive during the school year. I mapped out each dollar I had and made sure I could stretch it until I was able to have my loans disbursed. I work hard for my other money. But then the loans were delayed and no one knew why. Over 3 weeks I waited. I drive an hour to school each way. By this point my phone was turned off due to the bill being unpaid. I learned about the emergency fund was to help keep students in school during a financial gap. I could breathe. The fund paid my phone bill and I had a gas card waiting for me at school on Monday. I honestly could not believe it. It may not seem like much to most, but it was everything to me. I didn't know there was such a thing as an emergency fund. It saved my education, and I am forever grateful. I wish there was more I could do to express my gratitude, but I hope this letter will suffice. The emergency fund is such a blessing, and I hope that all those affiliated know just how important their work is.


"Me and my three children are working on online classes. In the meantime, my husband lost his driving job. We could not afford to pay the electricity bill. I am very fortunate to get assistance and continue my classes."


"I first off would like to thank the emergency aid from the Grayson Cares Program. It has allowed me to have diapers, wipes, and food for my 23-month-old and me during these trying times. I cannot explain the gratitude and the prayers that you have answered. This program has allowed me to focus on my studies and not be so worried during this time. I hold an Associated Degree in Psychology from Grayson which I graduated with honors in 2012. I then realized that I would like to become a nurse. In 2018 I was accepted into the RN program at Grayson College and I am now in the 3rd semester with less than 3 weeks to go into my last semester. Your program has impacted our lives, and we will be forever grateful. You have made me proud to be a Viking and be a part of this program.

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March 30, 2020

 

Greetings Faithful Friend,

It is my hope you, as well as your friends and family, are healthy and doing well. Circumstances are changing day by day and in some instances minute by minute. Crisis and economic stress have been weathered before by our nation and community. I am certain by once again banding together for the “good of all” we will work through the COVID-19 challenges.

As the College continues to implement steps to help keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during this challenging time, an influx in applications to the Grayson College Student Emergency Fund has increased dramatically. After extending spring break by one week, online instruction began on March 23rd. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost concern, but so is the need for our students to be able to complete the semester as many are anticipating graduating at the close of this semester’s coursework.

The GC Foundation staff are following the same procedures outlined by the College. Kathy Hendrick and I remain at the office while the other members of our staff continue to work remotely. Among our greatest priorities – our students.

We know many have lost their jobs or have had their work hours reduced, thus leaving their bank accounts a bit bare, and, they are anxious. However, applications for emergency funds continue to grow and six Grayson College students are currently stranded at the college with nowhere to go. Prior to the college making arrangements, two local churches stepped up to feed the students.  

We currently have 628 – active scholarship applications: 306 completed and 321 that need to be completed for the 2020-21 academic year. We want to encourage and assist them in completing the application because we know that a scholarship, as well as assistance from the Student Emergency Fund, may be exactly what they need to enroll in the fall semester. Keeping our students in school and working towards their educational goals is paramount.

The Grayson College Student Emergency Fund was established by the GC Foundation to assist students on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits due to financial emergencies. Again, keeping our students in school and on their academic pathway is necessary for our mission of student success. Donor gifts to this fund are critically important and much needed. If you would like to assist, you may click here.

I welcome your thoughts, questions, and input. I am available to visit by phone at your convenience. Together, we are navigating unchartered waters, but we are committed to meeting the needs of students, donors, campus community, and the greater community.  I would like you to know I am personally grateful for each one of you!

Randall W. Truxal

Executive Director

Grayson College Foundation

6101 Grayson Drive l Denison, TX 75020

 

 

The Grayson College Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in March 1992, as a 501 (c) 3, a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity formed solely for the purpose of support of Grayson College.

The Foundation seeks financial support to strengthen and expand the College's academic and technical programs.

Gifts and grants are needed beyond the scope of tax-based funding, thus providing a margin of excellence for the College's diversified program of learning opportunities.

Members of the Foundation are persons and companies which have made a gift to Grayson College during the current calendar year. The Foundation is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors.

The Foundation may receive designated or unrestricted gifts and grants to be used for approved purposes at Grayson College. The Foundation may also hold funds in endowment for the College. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent of limits set by law. 

Vision: To be the Premier Foundation for the Benefit of College, Students, and Community.

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Mission: Fulfilling donor wishes through student success.


There are several ways you can give to the GC Foundation. 

  • Cash/Check/Credit Card. (Checks made payable to GC Foundation. Gifts can be made
  • by credit card: Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
  • Make a Pledge to our Annual Scholarship Campaign.
  • If you would like to HONOR or MEMORIALIZE or LINK YOUR DONATION TO AN ENDOWMENT please make a notation under the notes section in PAYPAL.  This ensures we will get notice of your intentions.  
  • Donate Securities, Real Estate or Personal Property  
  • Matching Gifts – Many companies will match the philanthropic efforts of their employees. Consult with your human resources office to inquire about your company’s matching gift opportunities.  
  • Consult your tax advisor and consider a gift through Estate Planning.  Contact us at (903) 463-8717 or 903-463-8716 about becoming a member of the Peter W. Grayson Society.
  • Establish a named or endowed scholarship
  • Establish an Endowed Chair through our Endowed Chair Program
  • College Employees can donate through monthly payroll deduction. GC Employee Payroll Deduction

 

                                   

 

 

 

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