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Buy a Credit to Support Career-to-Career Students

The TBCC Foundation is raising $27,540 to support three new students to complete their Associate Degree through the Career-to-Career Scholarship. Your donation of $102 (worth one credit hour) will help students at Tillamook Bay Community College reach their potential.
You are helping change lives.

“I came here to TBCC, planning to take just a couple of classes to improve my job skills. But with a bit of encouragement from a staff member, I applied for the Career-to-Career Scholarship. It changed my life. Before then, I honestly never felt that I was college material. I didn’t feel like I was smart enough and questioned my ability to do the things that would be required of me; I was scared and full of self-doubt. But encouragement from my family, friends, and the college, has given me the tools and support that I needed to succeed. And now I’m looking ahead to the future. I’m here today as a college graduate.”

~ Melissa Mumey. TBCC Alumni,
Career-to-Career Scholarship Recipient

Why Support the Career-to-Career Scholarship

The Career-to-Career scholarship opens doors to new opportunities. The scholarship provides eligible students free tuition to complete their Associate Degree and is open to Tillamook County residents who have at least five years of work experience and are looking to transition into a new career or advance at their current job.

The goal of the Career-to-Career scholarship is to not only help students realize their career and educational goals, but to do so without the financial burden that can be associated with going back to college.

Often times the Career-to-Career students come to TBCC just to take a few classes because that may be all they can afford. But when they get here and discover their tuition can be covered through this scholarship it creates opportunities that they didn’t have before. Now, students have capacity to embrace new experiences, unearth new passions, and explore skills that can open up new career opportunities and change their lives.

By supporting Career-to-Career through buying a credit, you are helping students rewrite their stories. You are making dreams come true.

Career-to-Career Opens Doors

When Angelica first started at TBCC she wanted to get a transfer degree and work toward a career in public health.

“I have a huge passion for health equity,” she said. “I’m Hispanic and I grew up in a town where it can be really hard because there is not a lot of diversity. I really want to help people and make a difference.”

While she is still entertaining the idea of getting her degree in public health, Angelica said she took a psychology class last winter term and fell in love with it. Now she is also interested in studying forensic psychology.

No matter what path she takes when she gets to a university, Angelica said her Career-to-Career scholarship has made a huge impact on her ability to get started.

“[This scholarship] has given me an opportunity to go to college and get an education without it being a financial burden,” she said. “It’s not one more thing added to my plate and really opened up a lot of doors for me to really do something with my life.”

By supporting the Career-to-Career Scholarship, you are supporting students like Angelica who in turn are able to make their communities a better place to live and work.

By the Numbers

Tuition per Credt Hour
Credits to complete most Associate Degrees
Number of people needed to buy one credit so we can raise enough money to fully fund three new students to complete their Associate Degree
TBCC Student Scholarship Recipient

“I want to be able to have a better job; I don’t want to be a minimum wage employee all my life. I want to give my family a better life, especially for my kids.”

Career-to-Career Changes Lives

Before Stephanie moved to Tillamook, going back to college to pursue her degree had never really been an option.

“Going back didn’t feel like a possibility,” Stephanie said. “I couldn’t make it work with my income, and I was working a couple different jobs to support myself so there also just wasn’t any time.”

But, when she was invited to come live in Tillamook a new door of opportunity opened up: Tillamook Bay Community College. She had landed a job at Liberty Elementary School when she saw an advertisement for the Career-to-Career Scholarship.

“It just felt like it was made for me,” she said. Even at the time, Stephanie said she had no idea this one thing could change her whole life.

After being awarded the Career-to-Career Scholarship, Stephanie Van De Hay was able to gain the confidence and financial support to continue her education at Pacific University.

"I never thought I would be able to afford to go to Pacific University, or even be good enough. But my time at TBCC showed me that I am good enough. There are so many resources available to students, and I could tell that the staff really wanted me to succeed."

The Purpose of the TBCC Foundation

The Foundation’s purpose is to engage the entire community and increase the level of philanthropic support for student scholarships and the growth, innovation and overall fiscal strength of Tillamook Bay Community College.

Our Mission

To increase awareness and the level of financial resources available to Tillamook Bay Community College to provide quality education and bridges of opportunity in serving students and the diverse educational needs of the college and community.

Our Values

We value our donors and prospective donors and their confidence that philanthropy is a transformative power and their assurance that their contributions are essential in our student’s success and the academic excellence of Tillamook Bay Community College.

How to make a Donation

We are here to help you make a donation in what ever way works best for you. Whether that means meet with you in person to learn how you would like to support the college or by providing a link on our website to give online.  We are happy to talk with you to see what meets your needs.

You can contact Heidi Luquette, Executive Director or Britta Lawrence, Development Director at or by calling (503) 842-8222.

If you would like to mail a check, please make it out to TBCC Foundation and in the subject line of the check and list the name of the scholarship or program you would like to support or simple put were most needed.  An example is: Mildred Davy Scholarship.

Mail checks to: TBCC Foundation 4301 Third Street Tillamook, OR 97141.

If you would like to make a gift using your credit card you can click the button below to make a gift through the PayPal website. You do not need a PayPal account to use the service. Click on the selection for credit card. On the second screen it asks if you would like to make your gift specific. If you would like to direct your gift to a scholarship or a program, please type it into the box so we know how to direct your gift.

If you would like to make a gift in a different way such as through a transfer of appreciated stock, we are happy to help facilitate that with you. TBCC Foundation has an account with Edward R. Jones in Tillamook to process stock transactions. For more information about transferring stock can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TBCC Foundation a 501c3 non-profit? Yes, our tax ID number is 93-1232961

What is an endowment? An Endowed gift is a contribution given with charitable intent to the Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation to provide perpetual income from earnings on the gift to support students and programs at the College. The principal is never spent.  Endowments are invested and managed by the Foundation to maintain the purchasing power of the gift. The purpose for the endowment must be consistent with the educational philosophy and mission of the College and the TBCC Foundation. Endowments may be used for a variety of donor specified purposes such as scholarships, funds for excellence, child care grants, endowed chairs, or program grants.  Besides the act of giving, endowments may be provided for a variety of reasons including paying tribute to a loved one, honoring a special occasion, or supporting a special program or interest. A 1% fee on the full market value of the endowment will be assessed each year at distribution.  Endowments established prior to July 2017 will not be assessed the annual fee.

What is an Annual Named Scholarship? An annual named scholarship or program fund may be established in the name of a person, organization or program with a minimum donation of $1,000. The funds may be one-time, or renewed annually. Criteria for awarding the scholarship or program funds will be determined by mutual agreement of the donor and the Executive Director and require board approval. In order for the funds to provide maximum benefit, donors will be encouraged to establish scholarship criteria in broad terms.  In no circumstances may the donor designate a specific individual to receive the funds.

Can I make a donation with my credit card? Yes! You can make a donation using your credit card. You can make it online through our website to benefit the TBCC general scholarship endowment fund or you can contact us at 503-842-8222 ext. 1025.

Do you accept gifts of stock? Yes! Gifts of stock are a great way to make a donation to the TBCC Foundation. We have an account with Edward R. Jones in Tillamook to process stock transactions. If you are interested in transferring stock, please contact us for further information at 503-842-8222 ext. 1025 or The Foundation will convert gifts of stocks, bonds, or other marketable securities to cash in a timely manner unless the Board determines that they should be retained as part of the Foundation’s portfolio. The proceeds will be deposited in the Foundation’s unrestricted account or the account designated by the donor.

Donated securities will be recorded at their fair market value on the date of the gift.  Any gain or loss resulting from the sale of securities or other assets, as well as the commissions, brokerage fees and other costs of the sale, shall be the responsibility of the Foundation fund benefiting from the contributed assets.

Do you charge an administrative fee? A fee of 5% is charged on all gifts at the time of the donation with the exception of annual named scholarships. All other gifts are charged the administrative fee including restricted and unrestricted gifts, endowed scholarship funds, or an endowed program fund. The administrative fee on gifts provides the Foundation with resources to ensure our accountability to donors. This accountability includes a commitment to provide timely gift receipts, accurate records and accounting of funds, an annual independent review or audit of our financial statements and processes, and efficient disbursement of gift funds to students and programs at the College. In order to assure budgetary and financial stability, the Foundation Finance committee reviews the gift fee on a regular basis to determine if adjustments are needed. In addition to the gift fee, a 1% fee on the full market value of endowment funds will be assessed each year at distribution. Endowments established prior to July 2017 will not be assessed the annual fee.