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giving to GFC MSU

Thank you for your interest in supporting Great Falls College MSU!  Whether its academic scholarships, scholarships to Bright Beginnings Learning Center for children of students, gifts to support new program development, or major capital campaigns for physical infrastructure; your support is critical for an economic future that will develop our communities, workforce, and economy.

The mission of the Great Falls College MSU Development Office is:
“Enhance Montana’s future through increased access to public higher education by advancing the philanthropic support of student scholarships, academic programs, and select campus projects at Great Falls College MSU”

The Development Office at Great Falls College MSU supports the College’s Mission:
“To foster the success of our students and their communities through innovative flexible learning opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and aspirations resulting in self-fulfillment and competitiveness in an increasingly global society”

How can you support Great Falls College MSU?
There are numerous ways to support Great Falls College MSU.

  • Annual Fund (cash/ check/ credit card)
  • Pledged Gifts
  • Corporate Gifts
  • Foundation Gifts
  • Capital Campaign
  • Gift of Stock
  • Gift of Real Estate
  • Memorial Gifts/ Scholarships
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Planned Giving

Why are private donations needed at Great Falls College MSU?
Donations are needed to support our number one giving priority: Student Scholarships.  Students at GFCMSU tend to be older than the traditional college age.  They often have children, lower income levels, mortgages, and many other responsibilities not experienced by a student at a university.  Consequently, without financial support, higher education is not always a reality.  Scholarships help ensure many of these students have access to higher education in Great Falls. 

Additionally, private contributions are necessary for the development and advancement of many academic programs and projects on campus.  Great Falls College MSU is supported by the Montana University System.  However, the MUS funds only go so far.  To enhance and expand learning opportunities in Great Falls, the college continually searches for private support that will ensure this college remains a premier two-year institution of higher learning in North Central Montana.

How does private giving impact students?
Through Federal Financial Aid, loans and grants are available, but these are not always options for many students we serve.  Due to tight finances, family expenses, or other obligations, many situations don’t allow students to take on additional debt in the form of student loans.  That is why scholarships are so important to deserving and needy students.  It provides them the financial opportunity to enhance their lives by exploring higher education here at home – eliminating the financial barriers that may prevent someone from pursuing or achieving their educational dreams.  However, not all scholarships are need based.  North Central Montana has some amazingly gifted students and merit based scholarships allow these students to consider Great Falls College MSU as a place to start their educational journey.  Not only do these awards benefit these local scholars, but it benefits our community at large as we retain some of our best and brightest minds.

How does private funding to Great Falls College MSU impact the community?
As a community college, our mission is to foster the success of both individual learners and the public at large.  Academic programs at the college focus on benefitting the economic vitality of many area industries through workforce development.  From carpentry to healthcare, our region’s businesses are greatly impacted by diverse academic programs at Great Falls College MSU.  Private donations advance learning opportunities in these programs, and enhance the capacity of the college to best serve the equally diverse needs of the North Central Montana Community.

However you choose to support Great Falls College MSU, your generous gift is changing lives in our community one student at a time.  All donations further our efforts to provide the best education and learning environments possible for our students.

Fundraising Initiatives:

  • Student Scholarships
  • Endowed Student Scholarships
  • Purchasing Adjacent Property for Campus Expansion
  • New Program Start-up, Revision or Expansion of Existing Programs
  • Endowed Faculty Scholarships

The Great Falls College MSU Development Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide leadership and direction of development activities.  Directors support GFC MSU and its students by building relationships and developing resources throughout the community.

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Did you know? 

  • Average cost of Tuition, fee’s, books and supplies per semester is under $2,500.  **Costs may vary depending on program
  • Students can attend Great Falls College MSU and save, BIG!  Between $2,000 & $17,000 in tuition and fees depending on the four year college they attend.
  • 1,772 students enrolled for fall 2014
  • 66% of students enrolled at Great Falls College MSU receive financial aid and scholarships
  • 72% of students work at least part time while attending classes
  • Average age of Students at GFCMSU is 27
  • May 2014 the college awarded 448 degrees at spring commencement
  • Development board raised more than $200,000 to foster scholarship opportunities
  • 60% of future jobs will require a two year associate’s degree.

Scholarships are a vital component of a student’s success in reaching their educational and life goals. Great Falls College MSU offers students the opportunity to save money while learning in a supportive environment of smaller classes.

Gifts of all sizes impact students at Great Falls College.  Often people do not believe a small gift will make a difference, in reality, it truly does make a difference.  Great Falls College MSU is able to leverage grant dollars and generous gifts of all sizes against other varying sized gifts from numerous donors to create, and sustain scholarship opportunities.  Whether a gift is $10, $100, $1,000 or $25,000 – YOU can make an impact!