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Foundation & Alumni

Conquistador LEGACY…“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” — Shannon L. Alder

Welcome to the Dodge City Community College Foundation! We are dedicated to raising funds to assist Dodge City Community College with scholarships, projects, and programs. The DC3 Foundation is also working towards a strong alumni base and Foundation Friends who are also dedicated to the education and success of all future Conquistadors.

Dodge City Community College Foundation scholarships have enabled students to learn new skills, earn technical certificates, complete two-year associate’s degrees and be prepared to pursue the remainder of their undergraduate studies at a college or university. We are proud, and exceedingly grateful, that DC3 Foundation scholarships have impacted the lives of thousands of DC3 students (formerly through the DCCC Endowment Association). These students come from all corners of the state and nation and share one belief – that education can change and improve their lives. Our scholarships provide financial support, but for many students being a scholarship recipient means something more. It means that someone believes in them enough to provide them with the financial resources needed to attend DC3. It means that someone else believes in their dreams. Giving to DC3 Foundation’s scholarships is an investment in individual students, but also an investment in the economic prosperity of the region. Students who graduate with an associate’s degree earn 33 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.

The DC3 Foundation is also proud of the many projects and programs that we have been able to raise financial assistance for. The continued growth of our college is an important part of educational opportunities offered for our students. State-of-the-art facilities, program improvements, and grant assistance are all examples of funding opportunities the Foundation works towards. DC3 Foundation’s purpose is to exist exclusively for the benefit of Dodge City Community College, its faculty, and students in the furtherance of the educational and charitable activities of the College. It does so through providing financial assistance to students, fiscal support for college programs, and occasionally running campaigns in support of needed college capital improvements.


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FROM Alumni…

"Having a local option for college was very important to me – I couldn’t afford to leave the Dodge City area for school. Luckily, I was able to live and work locally while getting a quality education at the same time.

While at DC3, I spent most of my time participating in the music department, learning music theory and participating in band and vocal music. Along with the great memories, I’ve retained my sight-singing skills, which still help me today.

Doug Austen, Class of 1980

"Attending Dodge City Community College helped me take classes with a small student to professor ratio. After graduation, it helped with a smooth transition to a larger university. It made sense economically and provided a stellar education at the same time.

Erin (Schneweis) Reece, A.A., B.S., M.A.H.R.

"I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the amazing faculty and learning environment at DC3. With the ongoing support of the instructors and staff, I was able to achieve more in the field of biochemistry than I ever thought was possible.

My favorite DC3 memories involve spending time studying organic chemistry with my friends in the Academic Success Center. I also remember the profound impact of Dr. Ellis, who sparked my passion for biochemistry in the first place.

I owe so much to the staff of DC3 for helping me transfer to Kansas State University to complete my biochemistry degree with the help of the Bridges to the Future program. That was the first step to where I am now – at the University of Southern California working to get both a PhD in pharmaceutical science and a master’s degree in management of drug development. And I owe it all to DC3.

Larry Rodriguez, Class of 2012

"Having an academic scholarship that covered the full cost of my tuition and books to a school that was just two hours from my hometown made going to DC3 a no-brainer for me. And because all of my credits transferred easily, it gave me the start I needed to go on and complete my nursing degree at Grand Canyon University.

Today, I am enjoying a successful career as the director of nursing at an outpatient surgery center that serves approximately 500 cases per month. So, yes, going to DC3 was certainly the right choice for me.

Tammy Florence Munsch, Class of 1989

"I first came to DC3 all the way from Canada for the golf team, but I stayed the second year as a student only to complete my associate’s degree. What a difference it’s made! After graduation, I got a job with Starbucks and was quickly able to make my way into helping manage the store. Four years later, I became a digital content producer and copywriter for a digital advertising agency, where I still work today.

I wouldn’t have traded my experience being a Conq for anything. Without the knowledge and people skills I gained and the support of my professors, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And to top it all off, I created lasting memories and friendships that I will cherish forever. I also ate the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had – something we don’t have up here in Canada!

Paige Bednorz, Class of 2013


Christina Haselhorst

Foundation Director