Generous donors help with education

The lives of Pellissippi State students are improved by the help of generous donors.


When Pellissippi State Community College was officially charted as a non-profit organization in 1982, the risk of keeping the school up and running became a hassle. The only way the college was guaranteed survival was by the help of generous donors.


Pellissippi State is being governed and successfully operated by a board of representatives, volutneers, donors, and community leaders. With the help of giving opportunities as one of the leading factors implemented at the college, generous people from around the community are able to give and support the school as well as the students.


The college offers 4 different types of giving opportunities all in which give back to the college. donors have the freedom to choose who and what they want their money to go to.


If a person decides to give a donation, Pellissippi State will recognize that individual in a pyramid system identified as a society. If any donations is given between July 1 – July 30th of the year, the donor will be identified as one of the following in the Pellissippi Circle depending on the amount donated: Governor $25 thousand and above; Chancellor $ 10,000 – $24,000; President $5,000 _ $9999; Dean $1,000 – $4,999; Educator $500 – $999; Scholar $100 – $499; Friend $1- $99.


As far as anybody who decides to donate $10,000 or greater, recognition will be given to those individuals’ under the Pellissippi Guild society. Regardless of the amount donated, all donors are grandly appreciated by the student body, especially  for giving them a chance to pursue an education to excel in life.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Foundation and Fundraising

Foundation scholarships fill important gaps that inhibit students from pursuing an education.


For the past 10 years at Pellissippi State Community College has hosted a free golf tournament.The purpose of the event raises money and awareness about Foundation Scholarship and tuition-free college through Tennessee Promise.


Patricia Myers who has been responsible for creating and implementing fundraising events in the past 10 years says that her goal for Pellissippi is to “Keep donors engaged with Pellissippi State and to let them know how their support is changing lives!”.The 11th Annual Swing Big golf tournament takes place every year as it did this year on Tues. September 15, 2015.


Money raised from the gulf fundraiser provides scholarship money for eligible recipients. However, enough money is usually raised to provide financial aid for students who do not qualify for scholarships such as Tennessee Promise.


Since the community college is a state institution, most people tend to believe that the state provides most of the schools funding. However, the truth is that they provide very little funding which could potentially jeopardize the education of many students.


Due to Patricia Myers implantation of fundraising, many students are able to pursue an education at Pellissippi State due to the help of the school’s generous donors. Building improvements; new equipment; money to build new buildings; and award money for students and employees are also some of the things that the fundraiser contributes to.


Myers overall goal is to invite more community members to our campuses so that they can meet our students and hear their stories! Myers said “Our students are out most valuable assets!” which has been proven with her actions as she leaves her position in the hands of Anesia McDonald who is now responsible for all Fundraising events.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The Pellissippi Experience You Helped Create

by Chris Botsis

Some may wonder how a community college raises money to begin new initiatives or enhance existing ones. But funding for Pellissippi State comes from the community almost as much as it comes from the state government.

While Pellissippi is a state institution, only 51 percent of its annual funding can actually be attributed to state appropriations.

So, where do the rest of the funding dollars come from? “They come from generous donations by members of the community itself,” said Rick Rushing, treasurer of Pellissippi’s Board of Trustees. Because only around half of the funding costs are paid by the state, fundraising campaigns and personal donations have been essential in helping Pellissippi expand over the years.

A decrease in donations was expected with the rough economic times, but Rushing says the college has been just fine despite this. “Largely thanks to the Major Gifts Campaign from a few years back, we’ve managed to stay on track financially without too many problems.” The aforementioned fundraising campaign proved to be the largest in the 34-year history of Pellissippi State, raising around $7 million.

Rushing offered his gratitude. “The fact of the matter is, without the success of that campaign, we wouldn’t have been able to maintain our steady rate of growth from only smaller donations since then. We are very grateful for the generosity the community has shown us. Donations help us afford new equipment, grant more scholarships and pave the way to a better school and a better education for students.”

Anyone can donate to Pellissippi State simply by going to For more information on Pellissippi’s fundraising efforts, visit Pellissippi State Foundation’s page at

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Pellissippi Foundation plans fundraisers

by Taylor Cash

Pellissippi’s upcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament and a concert.

The Arts at Pellissippi State will host a jazz and bluegrass concert in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Admission to the performance is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted, said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi Foundation.

The “Swing Big for Students” golf tournament will be Tuesday, May 7 at the Egwani Farms golf course in Rockford. This is the ninth annual tournament, said Wilson, and has been very successful in providing support for the students of Pellissippi.

Registration for the tournament is $100 per person or $400 per team of four, and these fees include 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and also prizes for participants.

All events and fundraisers held by Pellissippi State help provide the students with scholarships, new equipment and other items to help pave a better path for students and their educations, Wilson said.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Pellissippi Fundraising

by Lindsay Cassell

The Pellissippi State Foundation has established a credible fundraising program that allows the college to initiate future endeavors and enhance present ones.

Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, has had a direct effect on the program’s fundraising efforts since she stepped into the role in 2001. As executive director, all authority and responsibility falls into Wilson’s lap.

Since the foundation raises all monetary needs for the college, Wilson stressed the importance of establishing relationships to further fundraising efforts. Wilson explained, “The important thing about fundraising is building relationships with people in the community.” She further described the importance of making those relationships long-lasting and taking care of the donors, which give to the foundation.

The fundraising efforts for Pellissippi State are endless. Some proceeds come as gifts, such as the two $1 million checks the program received in the past five years. Other funds are earned from community and campus events.

Roughly five years ago, the foundation launched Connecting Communities, Changing Lives. This major gifts campaign aided several different areas of the college. For instance, money was raised to buy equipment for the Blount County Campus and simulation products were purchased for the nursing program. Also, the Hardin Valley campus received funding for an HD studio and other media equipment for the Bagwell Center. The major gifts campaign not only reached but exceeded its $6 million goal.

In addition to community events, fundraising on campus plays an important role in the program. Wilson explained that there are many different ways for students to get involved in fundraising efforts, one of which is college clubs. A recent event, Pellicon, was hosted by a Pellissippi State club known as S.U.R.G.E. Also, the student recreation center will be hosting the Pellissippi State Golf Scramble April 15th at noon at the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge.

Wilson also stressed the importance of scholarships in fundraising, “Scholarships are very important in what we do.” The Alum Scholarship Program, though not the only scholarship available, allows past students to aid present ones.

Fundraising is prominent to the success of Pellissippi State. Whether it may be student involvement or monetary funds from the community, the saying “every little bit helps” is evident in the college’s fundraising program.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament

By Corey Ogle

The sixth annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament is Tuesday, May 4, at Egwani Farms in Rockwood Tenn.

Pat Myers, tournament director, said the cost is $100 per player or $400 per team. Sponsorships are also available to purchase. Registration ends April 30.

“Tell people there are slots available,” said Myers.

The money not only goes towards helping Pellissippi, but this year a portion of the proceeds will create the Swing Big for Students Scholarship.

There are two sessions of 18 holes of golf. The “shotgun” session will go off at 8 a.m., followed by the second session at 1 p.m.

Myers said there will be prizes awarded for those who place first, second and third. Golf cart, driving range, snacks and lunch will be provided.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010