About Gateway Community College Foundation


Foundation Mission

Access to 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.

“I’m grateful to the College for providing me with an outstanding education and a promising future. Like most 17-year-olds, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew is that it would require a college education. I got that and more. I got a helping hand in starting my career.”

Edwin A. Martinez, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, CV Tool Company, Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering & Technology, Gateway Community College, Gateway Alumnus

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: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=DL5GCHN5TN8FL

Warm regards,

Thomas Beirne III



Gateway Community College Foundation Board Chair