Bucks County Community College Receives Historic Donation

Bequeathed by an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous, the half-million-dollar gift is the largest in college history.

The Bucks County Community College Foundation recently received a $500,000 estate gift – the largest in the college’s 49-year history – from a class of 1972 alumnus who requested anonymity.

“Even though this person wished to remain anonymous, the thoughtfulness will remain as a legacy of our donor,” said Philip Wursta, president of the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors. “We hope to make use of this donation to enhance the student experience at Bucks through programs, scholarships and facility improvements, and further reach out to our alumni to build on this donation and help the college make a greater impact on the entire Bucks County community”

A native of Doylestown, the benefactor was the first person in his family to attend college. After successfully completing his first semester at Bucks, he was drafted into the Army where he spent the next three years, including one tour in Vietnam. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service. He returned to Bucks County in 1969, where he finished his degree at the community college before transferring to a four-year institution.

“As a college community we are most appreciative of the kind consideration of our alumni,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president. “This leadership gift will further enhance our community of excellence and benefit students in providing more financial resources to support their educational goals.”

Bucks County Community College is a public, two-year college that provides a wide range of educational opportunities at campuses in Newtown, Bristol, Perkasie, and online. Founded in 1964, the college opened its doors in 1965 and has since been the higher education destination for more than 500,000 residents.

The BCCC Foundation was established in 1982 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational trust to provide expanded resources for the college’s growth and development. The Foundation’s $5.5 million endowment supports instructional resources, campus facilities, scholarships and awards, cultural activities and special college projects. To learn more, call 215-968-8224.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093