Areas of Greatest Need

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.

RTP Campus Partners Campaign

Details on RTP Campus Partners

A next-generation learning environment dedicated to the needs of individuals and corporations in Western Wake County and Research Triangle Park.

Naming Opportunities

Create a corporate presence at the RTP Campus and increase your profile among students and business partners. Establish your company as a community leader in the industry.


By partnering with Wake Tech, your support will be dedicated to:

  • Support for Underrepresented Populations in STEM/IT/Biopharm
  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Specialized Program Support and Research
  • RTP Campus Enhancement for Facilities/Technology

Annual Scholarships

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.

Alternative Fall Break / Spring Break

Our student volunteerism office plans and delivers service learning trips for students. Currently, we have minimal funds to help support 10-12 students.  We have more demand!  By securing additional funding, we can send more students and do more good. Recognition will be designed with the donor once secured. $2,500 - $5,000 annually.

Engineering 150 Competition

This signature capstone competition has been growing for 10 years at Wake Tech.  Normally 80 teams from around the region compete in this “Rube Goldberg” event, and we’re looking to expand to more community college teams. Funding will cover operating expenses, prizes for winners and catering for judges and competitors. Two $5,000 sponsorships annually - one per semester. 

Wake Tech Idol

Wake Tech Idol serves as a student talent show.  Multiple tryouts are held and it all culminates with a fall evening competition at the Northern Wake Campus.  The sponsor would be on the celebrity judging panel. This is a great opportunity for exposure as multiple emails, websites, social media posts are sent to faculty, staff, students and the community. $4,000 annually

Funding for Interview Suits for Men

Our college and career readiness team is seeking support to help provide students with proper interview suits.  Women are currently supported by Dress for Success, but we don’t have anything for men. This could also be gift cards to stores that would assist. $2,000

Vehicle – 1996 or newer

We need a vehicle for our onboard diagnostics program.  The one requirement – it just needs to run.

Academic Advising Breakfast

Academic Advising is one of the most critical factors associated with student retention and completion.  Beyond basic course selection, Academic Advising is relationship building, teaching and learning, and empowering students to utilize resources and navigate the college process.  Funding is requested to host a meal to bring 200-300 staff and faculty advisors together to share best practices and focus on how to collaborate and work better together. $4,000 (two sponsors at $2,000)

Workshops for Applied Mathematics

This partnership brings Wake Tech faculty and local high school teachers together to better meet the math needs of Wake County students. Throughout the summer, 12-15 high school math teachers are paired with Wake Tech career faculty to learn new strategies for teaching applied math using methods that are relevant to Wake Tech programs and future careers. Funding is needed for program materials, teacher stipends and snacks. $2,000

Plus50 Expo

Wake Tech offers courses designed especially for adults 50 and over to help in discovering a new career, improve job search skills, plan for retirement and explore personal interests. At the Plus50 Expo, participants can sample courses and attend presentations from community experts on a wide variety of topics. Over 500 individuals attended the last Expo. An event sponsor is needed to cover refreshments. $1,000

GRITS - Girls Raised in the Sciences

Two all-girls STEM summer camps introduce middle and high school students to topics in STEM fields. Campers explore concepts including the engineering of building BristleBots, the computer coding of movable graphs, the science behind “Tie Dye” t-shirts and 3D printing. Support will go to purchasing supplies for high-quality projects and direct program expenses. $4,000 (two sponsors at $2,000)