"you can transform life through education" text and image of two nurses working on an artificial patientToday marks the start of the 9th annual Daily News Students in Need drive! Donations go towards the LCC Student Success Fund, which provides emergency grants to students at higher risk of dropping out due to financial hardships. This year's goal is to raise $35,000.


group photo of Kayal and friends at benefit

This year we met Kayla, a single mom who faced a personal health emergency, her child’s cancer diagnosis, caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, domestic violence, and a divorce all while attending LCC’s nursing program. To provide her family stability and safety, Kayla enrolled at LCC to become a nurse. “The amazing people at LCC pulled out the lantern of clarity, the map of financial resources, stuck snacks of encouragement and positivity in my backpack, and guided me along the way. To say that LCC helped keep me going is an enormous understatement.” Kayla’s story of perseverance in the face of extreme adversity is inspiring. Your gift today changes the lives of individuals and families in our community!

Read Kayla's Inspirational Story
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 About the Student Success Fund

The Foundation provides at least $50,000 annually to assist students who are most at risk for abandoning their education due to financial hardship. Student Success funds not only help students in need with emergency funding, but also help the college maintain quality instruction because the funds stay on campus. Since the inception of LCC’s Student Success Fund, we have awarded over $625,000 in emergency grants to 1,019 students. The average student award is around $600.

These one-time grants mean the difference between success and failure for students who are on their way to graduation.

The Student Success Fund helps students with:

  • Tuition and fees not covered by scholarships, financial aid or grants 
  • Testing fees
  • Tools and other school supplies
  • Emergency housing and heating costs
  • Emergency childcare expenses
  • Emergency transportation
  • Other unforeseen emergency expenses barring students from degree completion

Contact the Lower Columbia College Foundation

We look forward to hearing from you! Make an appointment by calling (360) 442-2130. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Donor Relations

  Kendra Sprague, Vice President of

Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  (360) 442-2121

General Inquiries

  (360) 442-2130
Fax: (360) 442-2129

Donor Relations & Major Gifts

  Sheila Burgin, Foundation Director of Development & Major Gifts

  (360) 442-2132

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  Emilee Bollibon, Foundation Development Associate

  (360) 442-2136


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Foundation Specialist

  Nickie Arce, Foundation Specialist

  (360) 442-2134