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Transformational Generosity: A Message from our Educational Foundation

A special end-of-year message from the executive director of the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation:

Dear Valued Community Member,

Trina Stokes, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation

Trina Stokes, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation

I’m so grateful to begin my first semester as the executive director of the Educational Foundation and have seen firsthand the incredible impact the support of our donors has on the lives of our students, faculty and staff. 

Last year, transformative generosity provided $1.4 million dollars in impact for more than 1,725 students, jumpstarting futures and removing barriers through scholarships, wraparound student supports, program enhancements and dynamic opportunities that would not exist otherwise. Thank you to our community for such an outstanding partnership. 

Life-changing generosity has enabled our students to attend programs tuition free for the last two years. It’s been both a thrill and a privilege to empower hundreds of young people with these gifts. We hope you will join us in building upon this critical momentum. Our students need access to a sustained level of financial assistance, enabling them to pursue their dreams. By supporting Blue Ridge, you have the power to make a profound difference.

Together, your gifts impact learning and earning opportunities. The College’s challenging academic programs provide hands-on learning, meet the needs of local employers and result in well-paying jobs in Henderson and Transylvania counties and beyond. Our faculty and staff give students the coaching, guidance and mentorship necessary for success, and in turn build a competitive workforce.

Through the power of giving, we have witnessed students transform into confident individuals who are poised to become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow, like Laurel, a recent scholarship recipient, who shared, “Receiving this scholarship has lifted a significant financial burden off my shoulders, allowing me to focus on my education and career growth. Not only did it alleviate financial stress but, it serves as a constant reminder that individuals like you truly care about the success of aspiring professionals.”

Local support remains integral to this incredible work. No amount is too small, and every dollar makes a significant impact. Today a gift to the Educational Foundation ensures that the results of our programs and the generation-changing successes of our students endure. 

Will you consider giving a tax-deductible gift by December 31? 

To donate online, please visit or simply mail a check to the Educational Foundation at 180 West Campus Dr., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Together, we can transform lives, uplift communities and build a better future for all.  

With deepest appreciation,

Trina Stokes
Executive Director