a Quality Education is a Fundamental Right

The Gateway Community College Foundation raises and manages private funds on behalf of Gateway Community College. We provide scholarships, professional development grants, equipment, and program support that ensure success for all Gateway students, faculty and staff.

Sincere thanks to everyone who made the 26th Annual Hall of Fame a success. You raised $104,000 to benefit CT State Community College Gateway students.
Thank you especially to our sponsors: J.W. Curran Foundation; NewAlliance Foundation; Anthem BlueCross BlueShield; Amour Propre Fund & LindyLee Gold, President; M&T Bank; Park New Haven; Albertus Magnus; Yale New Haven Health; Arts & Ideas; Southern Connecticut State University; Hygrade Precision Technologies, LLC; Washington Trust; Ruby H. Melton, Gail McAvay; LongWharf Theatre; Marcum; Suzio York Hill; Eder Family Foundation; Yale; Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce; CAANH; CONNCAT; Webster Bank; Thomas & Colleen Beirne; Rev. Hiram & Patricia Brett; Dr. William (Terry) & Yulonda Brown; Daniel Caron; Cherron & LaKisha Jordan; Mimi Lines; New Haven Bank; Housatonic Community College Foundation; Emily Byrne; Paul & Cynthia McCraven. 
Beirne Headshot 2023

A Message from the Foundation Board Chair – THOMAS BEIRNE III

I am deeply honored to serve as the new Board Chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation. I have been part of this phenomenal organization for seven years. Our Board of Directors represent the best of the Greater New Haven area. They are a cross-section of seasoned leaders in business, education, government, and health care. Their voluntary efforts, leadership skills, and dedication provide vibrant, productive connection between the college and its community.

The Board touches lives so meaningfully. I’m struck by the amazing, effective involvement of this truly ‘all-star’ team, and I’m grateful to every one of them for their continued support for the Gateway Community College family.

As we embark on 2023, we are mindful that Gateway students are still trying to navigate a post-COVID-19 normal. Many of our students continue to deal with overcoming adversity and obstacles that affect their educational journey. Yet, in spite of all of this, Gateway students continue to demonstrate resiliency, responsiveness, and perseverance as they continue toward degree completion.

In 2023, the Gateway Community College will become part of CT State Community College. My leadership of the Foundation will ensure the college's roots in the Greater New Haven community remain deep, strong and unwavering.

Also in 2023, the Foundation will celebrate its 30th anniversary of changing the lives of thousands of students in the region. I invite you to support Gateway students. The Foundation offers many different ways to make a charitable contribution. For more information, please go to our website: http://www.gatewayfdn.org/donate/.

Warm regards,

TB Sig

Thomas Beirne III

Gateway Community College Foundation Board Chair

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Each donation reflects an investment in the future. The community college education a student receives at Gateway – whether an associate degree or certificate program - contributes to achievement and success. We are grateful for our donors’ generosity, which helps assure a sturdy financial foundation as our students strive to excel.


Scholarships help pay for tuition and fees, and some also cover books and other costs of students to begin, resume or continue their education. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $113,446 in scholarships for a total of 167 scholarships. 


Support Gateway students during May 3-4 Great Give

Every year, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CFGNH) invites caring people – like you! – to join the Great Give. The Gateway Community College Foundation will participate in…

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604 scholarship applications considered by Gateway Foundation volunteers

Awards and Celebration in May More than $100,000 will be awarded in scholarships, fellowships, and much-needed laptop computers for the 2023-24 academic year. Scholarship awards will be announced in early…

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New Gateway Alumni Network will engage, connect former students

More than 50 enthusiastic alums already have joined Gateway Community College’s first-ever Alumni Network. The Network’s Advisory Board is planning some exciting events, including a get-together for current and prospective…

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Perspective: Maria Goode – Alum, Nurse, Educator, Mentor, Donor

Maria Goode inspires Gateway nursing students with her warmth, energy, smarts, and story. When asked why, she said, “The college helped me in so many ways. I will always want…

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Gateway Community College Foundation Names Committee to Plan

26th Annual Hall of Fame New Haven, CT (March 10, 2023) Thomas Beirne, III, Gateway Community College Foundation Chair and VP Senior Wealth Planning Officer and Business Development Manager, Washington Trust Wealth…

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GCC Foundation Establishes Wanda Gibbs Memorial Scholarship/ Fellowship

(January 2023) The GCC Foundation recently established the Wanda Y. Gibbs “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Memorial Scholarship/Fellowship, named to honor a lifelong educator, mentor, community activist, and advocate for students…

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