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Mission and Purpose Statement

The Cleveland State Community College Foundation was established in 1971 as a separate not-for-profit entity to provide financial support to assist with meeting the strategic needs of Cleveland State Community College.

Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Foundation secures private contributions and bequests, and manages monies or properties given to the Foundation for the financial support of the College’s strategic mission.

Board of Trustees Officers

Chair – Jonathan Cantrell

Chair Elect- Margaret Schenck

Vice-Chair – Nancy Casson

Secretary – Barbara Eaves

Treasurer – Marshall Stinnett

Board of Trustees

Darrell Akins- Akins Public Strategies

Bianca Chavez Baker- Chrissa Services

Matt Bentley- Bendabout Properties

Hobert Brabson- City of Chattanooga

Jonathan Cantrell- Caldwell Paving

Dan Cooke- Retired, Cooke’s Food Store / CSC Investments LLC

Barbara Eaves- Retired, Cleveland State Community College

Jim Fairweather- Fairweather Financial

Gary Fuller- Retired, Business Owner

Jermon Garner- Regions Bank

Mike Griffin- Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce

Vant Hardaway- Retired, McMinn County Schools

Andrea Henry- Sweetwater Hospital

S. K. Johnston- Bendabout Farms

Lynne McClary- Polk County Chamber

Aon Miller- AM Investment Strategies

Jarrett Millsaps- Tennova Healthcare

Davis Morelock- Insurance Incorporated

Rick Platz- Retired, Small Business Development Center

Rob Preston- McMinn County Chamber

Margaret Schenck- Retired, United Knitting

Alan Smith- Banking Advisor

Mark Smith- Smith Family McDonald’s

Marshall Stinnett- Cleveland Utilities

Buster Stuart- Retired, Ameriprise Financial

Scott Taylor- Bank of Cleveland

Connie Vaughn- McKee

Paul Willson- Retired, Simmons Bank

Sherra Witt- Retired, Cleveland State Community College

Melissa Woody- Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce

Honorary Trustees

Ron Braam

Amy Card-Lillios

Ron Hammontree

Ann McCoin

Bill Seymour


The Foundation provides approximately $400,000 in scholarships to over 500 Cleveland State students each year. Most of these scholarships do not have an individual application form and students are matched to scholarships based on their registration information and financial need. Below you will find the application forms for those scholarships students are not automatically matched to. If you have any questions about these or other scholarship opportunities, or if you are interested in starting your own scholarship, please contact Chrissy Pugh in the Foundation office or 423-473-2262.

CSCC Alumni Legacy Scholarship

In 2021, the Cleveland State Foundation launched the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to one student from each high school in Cleveland State’s 5-county service region (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk). The scholarship is open to any high school senior in the service region whose immediate family member (parent, grandparent or sibling) or guardian attended Cleveland State and who plans to continue the legacy by attending Cleveland State full-time in the fall immediately after high school graduation.

Please click here to apply for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Mi Sueño Scholarship

In 2023, the Cleveland State Foundation launched the Mi Sueño Scholarship to provide financial support to students to attend Cleveland State to better the lives of those in the Hispanic community. This scholarship is available to students who reside in a county in Cleveland State’s service area (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, or Polk) and have financial need. Students may be working towards a degree, certificate, or participating in a Bootcamp program.

Please click here to apply for the Mi Sueño Scholarship.

Ways to Give

By giving to the Cleveland State Foundation, you can make a significant impact on the life of students while also considering your own future financial goals. The Foundation offers a wide variety of giving strategies and Foundation staff can offer assistance so you can trust that your gift will make the greatest impact. Below are options available to donors:

Cougar Annual Fund

This is the College’s area of greatest need. Make an unrestricted gift of any size to the Cougar Annual Fund and your donation will support the most pressing, unmet needs of the College. Click here to learn more!

Buy a Brick

Have you noticed our “Community First Walkway” leading to the main entrance of the Administration Building? Your addition to the walkway can leave a legacy and pay tribute to your CSCC story, or to a favorite CSCC person or program. Engraved bricks cost $250 and proceeds support the Cougar Annual Fund.

Attend a Special Event

Special events such as The Evening With Speaker Series are presented throughout the year and play a significant role in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds from these events contribute to the Cougar Annual Fund which supports academic programs and student success. Upcoming events will be featured on the homepage of the Foundation’s Website.


There are several ways to give towards scholarships to help our students. For questions about starting a scholarship or information about an existing scholarship please contact Chrissy Pugh – See the donor handbook for more information.

Capital Campaign- Naming Opportunities

If you are interested in making a significant gift to support the new Health and Science Center or future capital projects, contact:
Lee McChesney for more information or to make a commitment.


Giving Strategies

Give Online

Give Online with Credit Card below.

Giving by Mail

Please make checks payable to:

Cleveland State Foundation
3535 Adkisson Dr.
PO Box 3570
Cleveland, TN 37320

Give by Phone

Call in your pledge or gift (423) 614-8700. We can process your credit card over the phone.

IRA Qualified Gifts

Annual withdrawals from traditional retirement accounts are required after age 70 ½. You can avoid income tax on your required withdrawal by donating your money directly to a qualifying charity. Click HERE to read more about IRA giving.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts provide donors with excellent benefits, including life income, continued use of gift property, an avoidance of capital gains tax, and immediate income tax deduction. Some planned gifts, such as bequests, provide gift and estate tax savings. To establish a planned gift, contact: Lee McChesney –

Stock Option

Chrissy Pugh –
or (423)-473-2262 to receive instructions for making a
gift through a stock transfer.

Read the Donor Handbook for additional information.

For questions about any giving options or the Foundation in general, please contact us!

Give Today

Donations from the Alumni and Community Campaign will help the Foundation continue to support students of all ages in reaching their goals and dreams. All of Cleveland State’s graduating students, alumni, parents, and community friends, are invited to help the College’s Foundation change lives through financial support for students and educational programs.

Every contribution is an investment in someone’s educational journey and your generosity will help to impact the lives of students in areas such as:

  • Academic Support
  • Athletic Support
  • Scholarships
  • Student Assistance
  • CSCC Class of 2023

As your journey at Cleveland State ends, we hope you will consider giving $20.23 in honor of your graduation year. Your contribution is an opportunity to pay it forward and help make CSCC part of someone else’s story.

CSCC Alumni

When alumni give back, it shows they care about the experience and education of future students of CSCC. Remember the time you received assistance through a scholarship or emergency aid? You can make the same kind of difference for someone just like you! Any amount can make a huge impact and give a student much needed support.

Community Friends

Cleveland State feels a powerful connection to our community, friends, and partners. For over 50 years, we have proudly served the five counties of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk. Together, with support from our friends and partners, we can make a positive difference in our community.

Giving Options
  • Annual Fund – this option provides the most flexibility for donations to be used to meet the College’s greatest needs.
  • Athletics
  • Emergency Student Assistance
  • General Annual Scholarships
  • Other – If you have a particular scholarship or program you would like to support, please include specifics in the comment box.

For questions about additional giving options please contact the Foundation Office: or (423) 614-8700.