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The AACC Foundation is focused on initiatives to meet the changing needs of our students. Below you will find a list of our current initiatives. 

Future Nursing Professionals Scholarship

The demand for skilled and compassionate nurses is at an all-time high. To address the critical shortage of nurses in our community, AACC has launched an ambitious initiative to double the enrollment in our top-ranked Registered Nursing program. We aim to create a strong pool of talented nursing professionals equipped to serve the health care needs of our community. 

We know, however, that many students who aspire to pursue nursing careers do not have the financial resources to enroll in our programs.

The AACC Foundation is engaging the community in raising philanthropic dollars for private scholarships that will provide resources to cover up to 50% of the cost of the registered nursing program for eligible students. 

This crucial support will empower applicants with the information they need to confidently accept their place in AACC’s Nursing program, ensuring a pathway to success without financial barriers while also helping to meet the needs of our region.

Learn more about this essential initiative.

Increased Scholarship Opportunities

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Scholarships help create opportunities for our students and support them on their paths toward success. To meet the needs of our students, the AACC Foundation is working to significantly increase the number of private scholarships available for students so each student can achieve their academic goals.

With your support, we can ensure that our college’s life-changing opportunities are available to everyone.

Establishing a Scholarship

Annual Scholarships are funded by the donor on a year-by-year basis. Establishing an annual scholarship will allow your gift to go to work immediately, helping AACC students achieve their academic dreams.

  • Annual scholarships can be established with a minimum gift(s) of $5,000 or more.
  • Working together, the AACC Foundation will help identify the scholarship profile including the criteria for award and any particular area of interest you wish to support. 

Endowed Scholarships are designed to be permanent, self-sustaining funds that will support students well into the future. When you create an endowed scholarship, you are creating a permanent legacy at AACC. 

  • Permanently endowed scholarships can be established with a minimum gift of $25,000. The principal is invested and a portion of the interest income funds the award annually once the fund reaches maturity. 
  • The AACC Foundation will help establish the scholarship profile including the criteria for award. 

For information about scholarships contact Holly Cole at 410-777-2110 or

Featured Scholarship Opportunities

Future Nursing Professionals Scholarship

The Future Nursing Professionals Scholarship provides financial support to students enrolled in AACC's top-ranked nursing programs, giving them access to training with world-class professionals on state-of-the-art equipment. This scholarship is designed to ensure that all qualified, hardworking students who want to enter the nursing profession have the resources necessary to complete their education. 

Donate to the Future Nursing Professionals Scholarship

Clauson Center Trades Education Scholarship

Training in the skilled trades provide students with rewarding careers that pay family sustaining wages. The Clauson Center Trades Education Scholarship ensures that these careers are accessible to all members of our community. It provides support for students in programs offered in the Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades.

Donate to the Clauson Center Trades Education Scholarship

Emerging Healthcare Professionals Scholarship

The Emerging Healthcare Professionals Scholarship supports AACC students in their pursuit of academic excellence and future careers in health care. This scholarship ensures that careers in health care, including emergency medical services, physical therapist assisting, medical assisting, medical coding, massage therapy, surgical technology and more, are accessible for AACC students who are working to meet the needs of our community.

Donate to the Emerging Healthcare Professionals Scholarship

Scholarship for Associate Degree Completion

Students can face complex financial situations and barriers when working toward the completion of their associate degree. The Scholarship for Associate Degree Completion provides financial support for students who are within 15 credits of completing a credit degree program at AACC to support them on their path toward success.

Donate to the Scholarship for Associate Degree Completion

Pathways to Credit Studies Scholarship

The Pathways to Credit Studies Scholarship is open to AACC students in good academic standing who are pursuing a credit program regardless of program area or number of credits remaining. This scholarship may be used to cover tuition, fees and/or educational materials a student might need to successfully complete their courses.

Donate to the Pathways to Credit Studies Scholarship

Access to Noncredit Studies Scholarship

The Access to Noncredit Studies Scholarship creates opportunities for students to pursue job training, professional skills and certifications. These scholarships support students interested in dental assisting, nursing assisting, veterinary assisting, administrative professional and more. Depending on the program, scholarship funds may cover tuition, fees and other necessary program expenses to help students kick-start their careers.

Donate to the Access to Noncredit Studies Scholarship

Powerful Workforce Programs

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It is getting harder to fill the community’s 4,000 trades positions that are posted each year. At the same time, members of our community are looking to rebuild and retool for the jobs of tomorrow. AACC workforce development programs in the Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades are specifically designed to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to enter and succeed in the job market. By collaborating closely with local industries, AACC has aligned its programs with the demands of the labor market, ensuring that graduates possess the skills employers need. By bridging the gap between education and industry demands, AACC is helping reduce unemployment rates and boosting the local economy.

HelpLink: AACC's Emergency Support

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The deepest learning happens when students have the resources needed to be successful and have a sense of belonging. AACC’s commitment to students goes beyond the classroom to ensure that students in need of financial assistance can pay for food, medical bills and transportation, and have access to other basic needs.


For many of our students, a financial crisis or the lack of basic needs can mean the end of their college career. HelpLink supports students by providing emergency support so they can keep working toward their education while getting back on their feet.

HelpLink Fund for Nursing

The need for providing basic essentials for AACC nursing students is a pressing matter that directly impacts the future of health care in our region. Nursing students face numerous unique challenges on their path toward education due to the time and financial commitment needed to pursue careers in this essential field. The HelpLink Fund for Nursing supports our next generation of health care professionals by ensuring nursing students have access to the resources and basic essentials needed to succeed as students and future health care leaders.


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