Ways to Give

Student Scholarships

For many students, a scholarship can determine if they even attend CBC. For others, it means they don’t have to work multiple jobs while pursuing their education.

Any donation contributes to changing a student’s life. Your donation may be a one-time gift of any size, or you can create a permanent scholarship. Permanent scholarships can be made anonymously, in your name, your family, company or organization’s name, or as a memorial to a loved one.

CBC Foundation Scholarships

Your gift, regardless of the size, can make an impact on students attending CBC. Gifts under $1,500 are joined with others to provide a student with a much-needed scholarship.

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Through a yearly donation of $1,500 or more, you can establish an annual named scholarship. Your scholarship can be named to honor an individual, group or business, or it can remain anonymous.

To learn more about creating an annual scholarship, contact%20us today!

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Donors may create an endowed scholarship fund with gifts of $25,000 or more, given as a one-time gift or over time. With an endowment, your gift is deposited into a permanent investment account managed by the CBC Foundation. Each year, a portion of the annual proceeds provide a scholarship to a deserving student. With optimal investment performance, the principal in your endowment also grows, to guarantee continued support of student scholarships across generations. You can make additional gifts to your endowed scholarship fund at any time. 

With annual or endowed scholarships, you have the option to specify the criteria a student must meet to be considered for the award, such as field of study, GPA or financial need. You also have the opportunity to meet the student or students who benefited from your support, during the annual Columbia Basin College Student Scholarship Award Reception.

For more information on establishing an endowed scholarship, contact%20us today!

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College Priorities

While there are countless programs at CBC that you can support, the following have been identified as priority areas for individuals to fund. For information on these or other projects at CBC, please contact%20us today!

CBC Student Emergency Fund
Columbia Basin College established the CBC Cares Emergency Fund to assist Hawks experiencing an unforeseen financial crisis creating a barrier to their educational success. The fund provides small grants to students for a financial hardship that is unlikely to occur again. Your support can make a difference by helping a CBC student overcome an emergency to continue their education. Support the CBC Cares Student Emergency Fund today!

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CBC Food Pantry 
Columbia Basin College has partnered with Second Harvest to offer a food pantry on campus. The pantry helps the many students at CBC who experience food insecurity and help eliminate hunger. We invite the community to join us in this effort by providing non-perishable food items and basic hygiene supplies or supporting the food pantry through a cash donation.

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Featured Scholarship Funds
Learn about a few of our established funds and how to support them below. If you want to talk to someone at the foundation about establishing your own scholarship or endowed fund, please contact%20us today!

The Richard V. and Patricia C. Badalamente Family established the Badalamente Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) scholarship in recognition of the crucial role community colleges play in serving the higher education needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Also, the role Columbia Basin Community College, in particular, can play in contributing to an increasing number of students studying and ultimately working in climate change and related fields, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Consejo Latino, in partnership with Columbia Basin College, is offering this scholarship for individuals seeking a career in local law enforcement. The purpose is to prepare candidates for responsible professional law enforcement careers, with special attention given to expertise in mental health, substance abuse and bilingual language communication.

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This scholarship is in memory of Derek Brandes, a tireless advocate for student success. Derek believed that anyone could achieve their goals and dreams. Overcoming his dyslexia, he inspired many to push through their own obstacles. 

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Power of Connection

The annual fundraising gala for the CBC Foundation, called Power of Connection, helps raise funds for CBC student scholarships. 

We could not do the important work of providing scholarships to students in need without the backing of the business community and supporters of CBC. 

Your sponsorship will make a significant difference by offsetting program costs, so we can provide more scholarships to Hawks who need our help to achieve their dreams.

Contact%20us today to learn more about the Power of Connection event, sponsorship levels and how you can get involved!


CBC Foundation Scholarships

Leave a Legacy

At CBC, students and faculty invest daily in a brighter future for the Tri-Cities. By making a planned gift to the CBC Foundation, you can share your success and help make education accessible for all students.

Funding your legacy is as easing as changing the beneficiary on an IRA or life insurance policy or remembering the CBC Foundation through a charitable gift in your will or trust. 

We are happy to discuss alternative gift options, which may provide immediate or deferred tax advantages for you and your family. Please contact%20us today to learn more. 

CBC Foundation Scholarships

Gifts in your estate have the ability to leave a lasting legacy for the students of Columbia Basin College and have the potential for providing estate tax savings. In the simplest form, estate gifts can be made by updating your beneficiary designation on your retirement or life insurance to include a charity. You also can add a provision to your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Columbia Basin College as part of your estate plan. Please contact%20us for more information including sample bequest language.

Have you already included a gift in your will or trust? Please fill out this form to let us know! We would love to thank you for your generosity. 

Do you have an IRA, 401(k), life-insurance policy, or any other assets not included in your will? If so, these are called non-probate assets and you must plan your beneficiaries for them separately. Use this online tool to make your plans and designate Columbia Basin College Foundation as a beneficiary of one or more of these assets.

Donations of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) directly to charity allow you to make a contribution while reducing your taxable income. To make a qualified charitable distribution contact your IRA plan administrator for more information. Need help? Please contact%20us for more information. 

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Columbia Basin College Foundation. To make a gift of stocks or bonds, please contact%20us for instructions on how you can transfer stocks or bonds from your brokerage or investment account to Columbia Basin College Foundation. 

Nearly 67% of Americans don’t have an estate plan. In an effort to support our community in completing this essential life task, we have partnered with FreeWill: a free online estate planning tool. FreeWill will guide you through the process of creating a legally valid will or trust. It’s easy to use, accessible online and able to be completed in 20 minutes. You can use this resource on it’s own, or use it to document your wishes before finalizing plans with your attorney.

GESA Debit Card

Supporting the CBC Foundation is easy with a co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card. Every time you swipe a CBC co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card, you help generate funds for the student emergency fund through the CBC Foundation.

Whether you’re an employee, student, alumni or community member, anyone who is a Gesa member is eligible.

  • Gesa member: visit any Gesa branch to replace your current debit card at no cost with a CBC co-branded Gesa Visa® Debit Card.
  • Non-member: visit a branch, open a checking account and instantly receive a CBC card.

Find out more information on Gesa's website


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