Your Impact

Scholarship Recipients – In their words

Your gift has a direct impact on student success, helping to remove barriers and ensure everyone has access to an excellent education. Listen to three scholarship recipients tell their story.

Lance Rice, a psychology major, is the first person in his family to attend college. Hear him express his appreciation for support and how he plans to use this opportunity to pay it forward one day.

Luz Ortega is the first in her family to go to college. Hear her describe how this scholarship puts her one step closer to becoming a radiologist.

Martina Lopez is in the veterinary technician program. Listen to her explain how her scholarship not only supports her but her family as well.

Your Gifts in Action

See how your gifts directly impact our students’ experience.

Beagle Love

Our vet tech students are up at 7 a.m. every morning, learning to care for these dogs. Your support provides them with training, resources, support, and wet Beagle kisses.

3d Printing Lab at HCC

Did you know that HCC students have access to a 3D printing lab?

Sensory Room

Thanks to gifts from alumni and friends, the Offices for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services has been able to provide a sensory room for students experiencing sensory overload.

Grant-Funded Opportunities

Thanks to the Resource Development Office, the Holyoke Community College Foundation was able to support numerous programs.


A $1.28M grant will cover the full cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies for students who want to earn a certificate in human services coupled with a paid internship at a local agency.
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The $1.27M state grant supports programming at HCC's adult learning centers in Holyoke and Ludlow and classes offered through the college's partners in the Juntos Collaborative.
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A $81,605 Bridges to College grant will allow HCC's Western Mass CORE program to expand community outreach to adult learners who have been previously incarcerated.
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Other highlights from 2022-2023:

  • 259 scholarships worth $304,125 to 249 incoming, current, and transferring HCC students.
  • HCC conferred associate degrees and certificates upon 686 graduates from 72 different Massachusetts cities and towns, states as far away as Florida and Texas, and countries including Uganda, Colombia, India, and China. Their average age is 28, with the oldest being 69. 
  • Holyoke Community College has been named Nonprofit of the Year by the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce.
  • ​​The Holyoke Community College Foundation has been selected for the John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).
  • Holyoke Community College’s associate degree program in nursing was ranked one of the best in Massachusetts by, an online repository of information and educational resources for registered nurses and those aspiring to enter the field. Meanwhile, HCC also received the award for Best Student Support Services from in its 2023 listings of the top community colleges in Massachusetts.  
  • Holyoke Community College was selected as “Best College or University” for 2023 in the annual MassLive/Springfield Republican Reader Raves poll. Also, Holyoke Community College has been voted the best two-year college in the Pioneer Valley by readers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette for the 10th year in a row.