The South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation was founded in 1983 as the Faribault Area Vocational Technical Trust Association to promote community post-secondary education in the Faribault area. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals from the area, including South Central College alumni.
Summary of the Year
Inspired by the theme Giving. Builds. FUTURES. the Foundation’s 2015-16 annual fund drive team of volunteers was led by Stephen Pribyl, President, District One Hospital, a part of Allina Health, in its annual fund drive that raised over $153,000. Funds are dispersed in the fiscal year after they are raised so annual fund drive donations and interest earned from endowments enabled the Foundation to award nearly $130,000 for student scholarships in 2016-17.
2016-17 Fund Drive - Give Today for Tomorrow: Support Student Scholarships.
A message from Fund Drive Chair, Jason DeMars
“I have been fortunate to grow up with and work with many caring and generous people, and I learned early on that giving back is one of the most impactful things a person can do for the community they care about. Education has always been a part of my life and I’m excited to help students at my alma mater as they continue their educational journeys.
While teaching at South Central College from 1995 to 2010 I worked with many students who stayed in school and earned their degrees because they had scholarship support, and I’m looking forward to joining with the Foundation Fund Drive Team to raise money to continue the scholarship tradition. Please Give Today For Tomorrow: Support Student Scholarships. “
Jason DeMars graduated from Faribault High School and served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years learning Aviation Support Equipment Mechanics and Gas Turbine Engine Mechanics before transferring to the Marine Corps’ first-ever Bar Coding System Department, where he coded and inventoried the fleet’s aviation equipment.
When he returned home, he used the Montgomery GI Bill to attend SCC’s Machine Tool Technology program - the same program his father Dennis graduated from in 1968 (the program’s first graduating class), and the same school where his mother Kathy taught for many years. He graduated in 1994 and went to work in industry at Owatonna Tool Company, whose tuition reimbursement program, along with his GI Bill, enabled him to attend classes at Normandale Community College for General Studies.
Jason didn’t know it at the time, but he would continue to attend college part time for many years, even after leaving OTC to teach at South Central College in the Machining department. As education requirements changed for technical program faculty, Jason continued his education at Mankato State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Teacher Education in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology in 2011.
Jason is currently Fabrication Manager at Cybex International in Owatonna and serves on the Computer Integrated Machining Advisory Committee at South Central College.
Local Scholarship Recipient Hamdi Abdi, Presidential Scholar
“Scholarship donors are amazing individuals to help students achieve their educational goals. Thank you for giving me the peace of mind that every college student would love to have regarding their tuition expenses.”
Endowments are truly gifts that last forever. An endowment can be established to support scholarships or general initiatives of the college and provide annual support for the chosen initiative using interest earned. A minimum contribution of $10,000 is required to establish an endowment and this can be done over a three year period if desired.
The following endowed funds were held by the Foundation in 2014-15.