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 for important initiatives that will have a significant and measurable impact on the students, faculty and staff of Dutchess Community College.

Scholarship Aid 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.

Scholarships for incoming freshmen
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.

Scholarships for continuing and graduating students
The DCC Foundation also offers scholarships to our continuing students (24+ credits) and graduating students. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of private donors. Applications are available during the spring semester of each academic year. The scholarships, which range from $500-$4,000, are awarded at an annual Honors Convocation in May to approximately 170 second-year and graduating students.

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, 2017, the Foundation’s assets total $11,516,465. This growth provides for scholarships and grants in excess of $650,000 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.


Jim Fedorchak '67, Chair

Ellen L. Baker, Vice-Chair

Marty Triola, Treasurer 

Michelle McCourt '87, Secretary

Carol L. Gordon, Past Chair



Kip Bleakley O'Neill

Stacey Langenthal

Susan McClelland Boyce

John W. Mazzetti

Shirley Brereton '88

Linda Melton-Mann

Michael Campagna '11

Rita McPeck '88

Paul P. Calogerakis, III '78

Vincent J. Miller

Dennis M. Dengel '71

Vincent Nunziato

Carl L. Denti

Richard Reitano

Ryan Fohl

Kimberley S. Williams

Raymond J. Freda '88

David Wise '80

Jacqueline Goffe-McNish




Pamela Edington, DCC President, ex-officio

Betsy Brown, '64, Trustee Liaison

William F. Anderson, Assistant Treasurer, ex-officio

Diana L. Pollard '97, Assistant Secretary, ex-officio

Linda M. Beasimer, Recording Secretary, ex-officio


DCC Foundation Personnel

(845) 431-8403

Diana L. Pollard '97, Executive Director

Burnelle Roser, Assistant Director

Victoria Halfpenny, Development Coordinator

Michele Ann Romano, Secretary