Priority Giving Areas
Donors, like you, create incredible opportunities for Wake Tech students. From scholarships to program support to event sponsorships, you can make a difference. Here are just a few examples of our greatest (and critical) needs. Please contact Matt Smith to inquire about these unique opportunities.
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We remain in need of scholarships for our curriculum and continuing education students. The main requirement is that funds need to be donated to the Foundation by March of each year to be awarded in the fall. If an individual/firm wants to name the scholarship, they need to commit to at least two years. Scholarships can also be endowed. $1,500 - $2,500 annually.
Fostering Bright Futures Fellowship (FBFF) program is a public-private partnership that addresses the overwhelming need for a comprehensive support structure to assist foster youths in making the transition from the Wake County Foster Care System to independent young adulthood. To lend your support, please click here.
To help more students be ready to begin college level courses, Wake Tech has developed the Early Start Summer Bridge program, which is an 8-week program that:
- Helps qualified students make early connections to Wake Tech faculty, staff, advisors, and campus resources that will smooth their entry to college
- Provides instruction at no cost to participants that will allow them to complete up to six credit hours (two courses) in the summer prior to fully enrolling at Wake Tech in the fall
- Provides tutoring to help students level up in concepts and material they have struggled with and helps them make connections to access tutoring as they continue in their studies
- Connects students with a mentor and an Impact Coach as well as one another to foster meaningful connections on campus
- Provides sessions such as career exploration activities and academic advising so that students can begin to make career plans and a plan toward graduation from Wake Tech
Funding is needed for laptops, supplies, tuition assistance, and other wrap around services.
$100,000 needed for summer 2022 to serve 100 students
The college has a long-standing relationship with Communities In School of Wake County, but in May, it formalized its partnership to collaborate on educational opportunities and pathways for CIS students – assisting them with entering Wake Tech programs and accessing support services they need to be successful.
- The college is already providing direct assistance to students – connecting them with financial aid representatives for FAFSA guidance, as well as career advising, and academic counseling services, etc.
- The college will be holding in-person and virtual workshops at CIS learning centers for both middle and high school students and parents to cover topics like college expectations, short-term workforce and academic programs, athletics options, and how to connect with support services.
- CIS will provide work-study opportunities for students to mentor and tutor participants in the CIS program.
- Field trips to Wake Tech campuses are planned for later in the semester so CIS students can get a feel for campus life and make in-person connections with additional student resources. These are important outreach efforts to bring what we provide on campus out to CIS communities – increasing access and filling the confidence gaps for students and families.