The DCC Foundation

The DCC Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of up to 33 individuals from the community at large and one representative from the DCC student body in addition to ex-officio members. One-third of at-large membership turns over each year, with a limit of three successive three-year terms.

DCC Foundation Board


The mission of the Dutchess Community College Foundation is to raise funds to provide scholarships and support the College’s initiatives that will have a significant and direct impact on the students, faculty and staff of Dutchess Community College.

Scholarship Awards from the DCC Foundation
In addition to the various types of financial aid available to students from governmental and non-governmental sources, the DCC Foundation administers various types of local scholarship aid.

Incoming Students
The Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence is for full-time incoming freshmen who have graduated from a Dutchess County high school in the top 10% of their class. These scholarships cover the cost of tuition for two consecutive years (four semesters) of full-time study at Dutchess Community College.

Additional scholarships for incoming freshmen are available. For a full list and application, please visit www.sunydutchess.edu/scholarships.

Continuing Students
Scholarships for continuing students (24+ credits) are made possible through the generosity of private donors. Applications are available during the spring semester each year. The scholarships, which range from $500-$3,500, are awarded at an annual Honors Convocation in May.

Graduating Students
Private donors also have funded scholarships for students graduating from DCC and transferring to another institution. As with the scholarships for continuing students, these range in value from $500 to $3,750 and will be awarded at the May Honors Convocation.

Day Care Scholarships
The Foundation provides scholarships to help struggling parents afford the day care services that allow them to stay – and succeed – in college. Call the Foundation at (845) 431-8400 for more information.

Emergency Needs Grants
The Foundation also helps support financial hardship grants for students who need to overcome short-term hurdles. More information on emergency needs grants can be found here.

Alumni Relations

The DCC Foundation serves as a vital link between all alumni and Dutchess Community College. It works to facilitate communication and sponsor a wide variety of programs and benefits for alumni that foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and lifelong commitment to the College. With the support of our loyal graduates and many friends, DCC continues to be a leader in community college education. For more information, call the DCC Foundation at (845) 431-8400.

Organization Background

The DCC Foundation was incorporated in 1975 to advance the mission and goals of Dutchess Community College. It became a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in 1984 with assets totaling $280,069. As of August 31, 2019, the Foundation’s assets total $12,938,412. This growth provides for scholarships and grants in excess of $800,000 each year.

In addition to scholarships, the Foundation also supports endowed chair programs and sponsors a variety of special programs to support the College’s mission. The Foundation has become an integral part of DCC’s drive to maintain excellence and to improve the educational experience of all students.

We are able to do this through the generosity of our alumni and friends that have made the DCC Foundation a philanthropic priority. Additional funds are raised by our annual fund, major gifts and special events programs. This support makes a measurable difference financially for our students.


Ellen L. Baker, Chair

Carl L. Denti, Vice-Chair

Raymond J. Freda, '88, Treasurer 

Linda Melton Mann, Secretary

Jim Fedorchak '67, Past Chair



Susan McClelland Boyce

John W. Mazzetti

Shirley Roberts Brereton '88

Rita McPeck '88

Paul P. Calogerakis, III '78

Kip Bleakley O'Neill

Michael Campagna '11

Richard Reitano

Ryan Fohl

Marty Triola

Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

David Wise '80

Stacey Langenthal



Ex-Officio Members:

Ellen Gambino, President's Appointment

Betsy Brown '64, Trustee Liaison

Diana L. Pollard, CFRM, MBA '97, Assistant Secretary

Linda M. Beasimer, Recording Secretary


DCC Foundation Personnel

Diana L. Pollard, CFRM, MBA '97, Executive Director
(845) 431-8403

Burnelle Roser, Assistant Director

Victoria Halfpenny, Development Coordinator

Michele Ann Romano, Secretary
(845) 431-8400