Cheney Family Establishes New MCC Foundation Endowment

MANCHESTER, Conn. (June 21, 2022) – MCC Foundation is the recent recipient of donations to establish the Cheney Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to support need-based full- or part-time students enrolled in a credit-bearing degree or certificate program at Manchester Community College.

The gift will be disbursed from the Cheney Family Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1990. The Cheneys are long-time supporters of the college and, in fact, a dining room in the college’s Culinary Arts Center was named for the family in 2007. The Cheney Dining Room is named for the founders of what would become the world’s largest silk mill and who were responsible for Manchester being known as what has been called an “ideal industrial community.” The naming of the dining room acknowledged the Cheneys’ indelible stamp on the Manchester community and the historic significance of their contributions to MCC’s service area.

Endowments are an important revenue source for community colleges. They often support student scholarships and academic programs. By endowing a gift, donors make an investment that lasts in perpetuity in support of the college’s educational mission. With MCC Foundation, an endowment fund can be established with a gift of $10,000 or more. Donors are acknowledged on the college’s Donor Wall.

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About MCC Foundation

Manchester Community College Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 Connecticut corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors, composed of business and community leaders. The foundation secures funding to assist the college in achieving its mission and goals through support of programs, scholarships and equipment.