Our mission and history
The MCC Foundation advances the mission of Metropolitan Community College by attracting resources that increase student access to educational opportunities. The Foundation also supports quality programs and environments that respond to the educational and workforce needs of the community.
Over 50% of MCC students require financial aid to realize their dreams of attending college. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college. The MCC Foundation supports students by providing scholarships, emergency student aid, academic coaching and special capital projects for MCC's five campuses.
Support from our community is more important than ever
We'd like to keep in touch with you and be sure you're informed about the happenings of the MCC Foundation.
- To make a financial contribution to the Foundation or to purchase tickets to an upcoming Foundation event, view Ways to Give.
- To learn about upcoming events and other ways to get involved with the Foundation, view Events.
- For information about scholarships available through the Foundation, view Scholarships.
- To register for the alumni association or share your story, view Alumni Association.
Strengthening the tradition of excellence
Community colleges receive just 12% of the total state higher education allocation despite serving more than half of Missouri's college students. Support from alumni and the community is more important than ever. Severe cuts in state funding to community colleges pose a serious challenge to the College. Private contributions help guarantee that dedicated, deserving students have the opportunity to benefit from MCC's programs and services.
MCC Foundation credentials
The MCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established April 1, 1976, by Metropolitan Community College. We are designated to receive and manage gifts on behalf of MCC's five campuses. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations, organizations and other foundations.
MCC Foundation scholarship and program funds benefit our students and campuses throughout the MCC district. MCC Foundation funds are kept and managed separately from the College. The Foundation acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor. The MCC Foundation is audited annually by an independent public accounting firm.
MCC Foundation history
The Metropolitan Community College Foundation was founded in 1975. The Foundation supports the mission of MCC: Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities for all.
As the nonprofit, fundraising arm of MCC, the Foundation serves about 20,000 students annually by addressing their financial and educational needs through scholarships, educational enhancement programs and the improvement of learning facilities.
For the College, the MCC Foundation administers 174 scholarships and endowments, sponsors alumni and donor recognition events, and leads the annual capital campaign. The Foundation's Board of Directors participates in planning, volunteering and administration as well as maintaining relationships with the greater community. The Foundation is committed to forming partnerships that make Metropolitan Community College the first choice for higher education in Greater Kansas City.
Although the Metropolitan Junior College District was established in 1964, the College's roots go back to the founding of the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute in 1915. Just four years later, the Polytechnic's junior college division and the business, engineering and nurses training divisions merged to become the Junior College of Kansas City. By 1921, the Junior College added evening classes. Following World War II, the College expanded its academic offerings to include various kinds of occupational training. It also began attracting more and more students from outlying communities beyond Kansas City, Missouri.
Until 1964, the College was part of the Kansas City, Missouri, School District, with our students taking classes in facilities in Westport. By 1969, construction was underway on three new Metropolitan Junior College campuses: Penn Valley in midtown, Maple Woods in the Northland and Longview in Lee's Summit. There are now five campuses that make up MCC: MCC-Blue River, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods, MCC-Online and MCC-Penn Valley.