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  Partnerships, Scholarships, Service, and Recognition

The Rome College Foundation (RCF) is committed to serving the Rome New York community's needs by promoting and enhancing improved higher educational opportunities for our local students ... building a better workforce for the future.

With grants from the Sears Family Foundation, the Foundation co-sponsored several programs administered by the Chamber's Education Committee, including: Sophomore Mentoring Program for students at RFA, RCS, and NYSSD; College Night at RFA; the "Be Cool" substance abuse education program in cooperation with Rome Memorial Hospital for fifth graders; the "Starting Off On The Right Foot" program for college-bound high school graduates; and the traveling art exhibit by elementary school students.

Food For Thought Dinner - April 10, 2019, 5:30pm check-in

Mohawk Valley Community Collge, Rome Campus, Plumley Complex, Room 150

This Spring we celebrate the ongoing mission of the Rome College Foundation to develop and enhance higher education opportunities for Rome students.

The Foundation administers scholarships that are funded by local citizens and organizations to graduating Rome high school seniors and continuing college students. Additionally, through our fundraising efforts, we award annual continuing education scholarships to local students who attend the four colleges in the Utica-Rome area. As strong advocates of local educational institutions, we have been supporters, both vocally and financially of the establishment and growth of the MVCC Rome Campus. Making higher education accessible is of paramount importance to having a skilled local workforce.

Our annual "Food for Thought" fundraising dinner has been an important component of funding this mission and the scholarships we award. This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th at the MVCC Rome Campus and will feature selections prepared by students enrolled in the college's Hospitality Programs.

For more details, view the Dinner Invitation & Menu Announcement (pdf).

To make reservations, please respond by March 27, by contacting the Rome Chamber of Commerce:
Ph: 315.337-1700
Email: info@RomeChamber.com


By downloading the Dinner Reply Card (pdf) and returning it to the Rome Chamber of Commerce, 139 W. Dominick St., Rome NY 13440 or by fax to 315.337-1715.


For this special dinner, there are also sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations. All sponsors will be prominently noted in pre-event correspondence and will be recognized during the program.  Additionally, they will receive the following benefits:

Scholar: $250 — includes two reserved seats.
Dean's List: $500 — includes four reserved seats.
President's Circle: $1,000 — includes eight reserved seats.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Rome College Foundation.

Rome College Foundation - Food for Thought Dinner Committee:
Gretchen Sprock, Co Chair
Sue Carvelli, President
Franca Armstrong, Vice President
Stephanie Verostek, Trustee

Questions? Please contact the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce
Ph: 315.337-1700
Email: info@RomeChamber.com

2018 Annual Report

To see all the details about awards and scholarships for the past year, download:
    2018 Report to the Membership, Pt 1 (pdf)
    2018 Report to the Membership, Pt 2 (pdf).

The Board of Trustees appreciates the support from the business community and the recognition provided by elected officials.

College Night at RFA

Every October, over 180 colleges, military representatives, and technical schools attend Rome Free Academy's College Night. The event is open to students of Rome, Oneida, Holland Patent and other surrounding schools. The Rome College Foundation distributes information about the Foundation's many offerings to students and parents.

Representing the foundation at College Night 2017 are Gretchen Sprock, Past President, and Sue Carvelli, Vice President.

New - Make Your Donations Online

You can now Donate Online using PayPal.

For more ways to donate, visit the How to Donate page or How to Establish a Scholarship page.

Another New Scholarship For Graduating Seniors

The Rome College Foundation has added another scholarship available to graduating seniors: the Julius J. Perillo Scholarship ($2000) to a Rome Free Academy senior who plans to pursue a career in teaching, has made a sustained, positive impact in their community and has achieved academic success in high school.

For more details on these scholarships (and all the Rome College Foundation opportunity), visit the How to Apply page.

2016 Ann Cooney-Abramczyk & Kenneth Abramczyk Scholarship Recipient

Benjamin Thomas, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

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