Founded in 1996, the Southern State Community College Foundation exists to support the needs of Southern State and its students. This support is demonstrated through the following:

  • Recognition of academic excellence through scholarships
  • Capital improvements for the college
  • Financial support for academic program development and enhancement
  • Support for cultural diversity

The Southern State Foundation’s primary role is to enhance our community’s quality of life by investing in initiatives that Southern State Community College has deemed to have the greatest impact and growth opportunities for the people of our community. Those initiatives should embrace the Strategic Vision of the college to be a First-Choice College. Among the elements contributing to this vision include the following:

  • 1. Be your best investment
  • 2. Create synergy through partnerships and collaboration
  • 3. Be a driving force in innovation and technology
  • 4. Advance student success
  • 5. Be the best place to work
  • 6. Be a dynamic and flexible organization

Meet the Board

Community involvement has been the cornerstone upon which Southern State has built its long tradition of success. The Southern State Foundation Board of Trustees gives unselfishly of its time and talent. We value their commitment and support of Southern State’s mission of ensuring that all people have education and enrichment opportunities to improve their quality of life and standard of living.

  • Ms. Bambi Baughn — Fayette County
  • Mr. Roger Blackburn — Fayette County
  • Mr. Russ Brewer — Adams County
  • Dr. Mark Brooker — Clinton County
  • Dr. Doris Charles — Brown County
  • Mr. Zac Corbin — Brown County
  • Mr. Willis Herdman — Brown County
  • Mr. Jon Linkous — Brown County
  • Mr. Louis Mays — Brown County
  • Mr. Dan Mongold — Clinton County
  • Mrs. Sandy Mongold — Clinton County
  • Mr. David Morrow — Fayette County
  • Ms. Sheri Smith — Highland County
  • Mr. Craig Turner — Highland County
Ex Officio Members
  • Mr. Doug Boedecker — College Board Chairperson
  • Dr. Kevin Boys — President
  • Mr. Jim Buck — Vice President of Business and Finance
  • Ms. Becky Storer — Faculty Senate Representative


When you give a gift to Southern State through the Foundation, you become part of the great work the college is doing. The college’s ability to continually foster student success depends on support from our alumni and friends, foundations, corporations and other valued partners, like you. Through your support, students will continue to receive the education and skills needed to make a difference in our local workforce and economy.

By making a gift to the college, you will help students succeed by providing scholarships, advanced equipment and enhanced educational programs.

Gifts to the Foundation may come as bequests (money, stock, real estate—usually specified in a will), life insurance, planned giving programs or as memorials. All gifts accepted by the Foundation are tax-deductible within the regulations established by the Internal Revenue Service.

Make a Donation

To make a donation to Southern State’s Foundation please forward all correspondence to:

  • Southern State Community College Foundation
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, OH 45133

Employee Giving

The commitment among the Southern State faculty and staff to providing accessible, affordable, high quality education is unparalleled. Many members of the Southern State family choose to demonstrate this commitment through the Employee Contribution Program. It’s easy and convenient. Employees can choose to do one-time gifts or setup a directed payroll deduction both of which are tax-deductible within the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.


Scholarships often pay tuition and fees and in some cases help students purchase textbooks or tools required for courses while some assist for temporary financial emergencies. Scholarships are often targeted to students with financial need and are often based on a variety of criteria including academic excellence, leadership capacity, program enrollment, community service, financial need and a variety of other criteria.

Establishing a scholarship through the Southern State Foundation is an investment in the future of our region. All such gifts are designed to serve students attending Southern State Community College and can be restricted or endowed to meet specific criteria established by the donor. Establishing such a scholarship fund is easy and accomplished through consultation with the Foundation’s Executive Director. The Foundation also appreciates unrestricted gifts which fund the Foundation Scholars program.

Annually the Foundation awards nearly $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Applications are available online or through the Office of Financial Aid. Generally, the scholarships are awarded on an annual basis with the exception of a few specialty funds.

  • The Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc. KFC Scholarship
  • This scholarship is directed to applicants who are employed and maintain at least 12 hours of continuous employment at KFC or Long John Silvers operated by Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc. Requirements: enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.6 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Cassner Family Foundation Scholarship
  • There will be two scholarships of $3,000 distributed over the academic school year to applicants entering Southern State full-time from Highland County. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Cindy Igo Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designated in honor of the late Cindy Cowne Igo, Administrative Assistant. Requirements: must be current Southern State student enrolled in the Office Information Technology or Business Management program. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Colonel J. Pommert Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for graduates of McClain High School who have been active in community service and athletics while in school. Requirements: have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Don & Ann Fender Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown, or Highland County who are pursuing a health-related degree. Preference will be given to nursing students professing a desire to work at Highland District Hospital. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.6. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Douglas R. & Dr. Susan Seipelt Family Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown or Highland County who are entering Southern State. Awards will be made based on a student’s ability to demonstrate consistent leadership qualities and exhibit responsibility to self, family, school, and community. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Dr. Lawrence & Gale Dukes Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette or Highland County who can be a new or continuing student. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0, show need of financial assistance. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Dylan Philip Wilson and Nathan Paeltz Memorial Scholarship
  • This fund was established in 2006 in memory of Dylan Phillip Wilson, a 1993 graduate of Georgetown High School. The scholarship was designed to offer financial assistance to Georgetown High School graduates attending Southern State Community College. In 2014, the fund was modified to include Nathan Paeltz, Dylan’s long-time childhood friend and fellow Georgetown High School graduate. Today, the fund serves to honor both of these young men. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Edward K. Daniels Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designed to honor the late Edward K. Daniels, Drama Professor. Eligibility is restricted to a continuing Southern State drama student. Requirements: have minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Eugene Worthington Memorial / Brown County Rural Water Scholarship
  • Two $500 awards will be granted to applicants who must be siblings of a Brown County Rural Water Association employee and be students from Brown County and the surrounding areas. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Fayette County Scholars
  • This $1000 scholarship is for students from Fayette County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Hillsboro Elks Scholarship
  • This $1,000 scholarship is for students who demonstrate financial need and display an interest in community service.Requirements: must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to receive the award throughout the school year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Hottle Nursing Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a student accepted into the Nursing program at Southern State who is a resident of Brown, Clinton, Fayette or Highland County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • JoAnne Jacobson Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designed to honor the late JoAnne Jacobson, Nursing Professor. Eligibility is restricted to a current outstanding nursing student selected by the nursing faculty. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Joyce Fender Family Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designated for students pursuing a business major, preferably in Real Estate. Requirements: must be a single mother, demonstrate a need for financial aid, maintain a GPA of 2.6 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Julia Barthel Memorial Art Scholarship
  • A $500 award for Southern State students focusing on art classes, specifically watercolors and pastels of flowers, painted landscapes and still life. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Paul Neff Scholarship
  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to one freshman and one sophomore who are from Adams or Brown county and are majoring in the Chemical Dependency program. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Robert A. & Dorothy Hodson Scholarship
  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students from Highland County who demonstrate good leadership qualities. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • SSCC Student Government Association Scholarship
  • This scholarship is supported and funded by the Student Government Association (SGA) to advance student achievement among continuing Southern State students. The SGA, which is a student-led, campus-based leadership organization, strives to represent the student population on all campuses by pursuing social, political, academic and administrative initiatives of interest to our student body. Supported by the SGA, deserving second-year students can apply for scholarships to offset their tuition and related college expenses at Southern State. Applicants should be in good standing academically and be prepared to submit an essay describing the importance of student leadership within the college setting. Awards will be based on fund availability. Requirements: second-year student, 2.0 GPA or higher, taking at least 6 semester hours.Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Steven Bennett Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for residents of Fayette County and is designated in honor of the late Steven Bennett of Fayette County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Storer Family Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for second year nursing students who have graduated from any Highland County high school. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Washington Court House City Police Department Scholarship
  • This $750 scholarship is for Fayette County residents who are recent graduates of Washington Senior High School or Miami Trace High School. The award is dispersed over a period of two semester ($375 per semester). Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6, must demonstrate good leadership qualities, community involvement, and academic excellence. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • William F. Thoroman Memorial Scholarship
  • This scholarship was establish by the Thoroman family in memory of William F. Thoroman. This scholarship is targeted toward students majoring in Corrections or Law Enforcement at Southern State. Preference is given to Soccer players. Requirements: enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online

Apply for Scholarships

You can apply for all of the available scholarships at the same time through one online application!

Program Support

Like scholarships, program support gifts encourage student success through financial support of extended programming, capital improvements, student support services and cultural literacy. Together, these initiatives are investments in our community and in student success.

  • Elmer & Helen Reed Fund (Health Sciences)
  • Elmer Reed served as one of the first trustees of the newly formed Southern State Community College. Mr. Reed represented Fayette County from 1976 through 1988. He and his wife, Helen, remained highly interested in the progress of the new college and were particularly interested in the nursing programs that were developed and offered. Their interest in the program was clearly demonstrated as they left a major portion of their estate to support those programs in whatever way the college deemed appropriate. The estate is the largest gift ever received by Southern State.
  • Fifth Third Bank (Business Dialogue Series)
  • Fifth Third Bank’s Charitable Trusts Department and the Charles Moerlein Foundation has provided the funding to create a Business Dialogue Series at the college. The Business Dialogue Series provides a format for both formal and informal discussion to occur between local businesses, the community and students and business leaders from around the world. The intent is to bring CEOs, entrepreneurs, government officials and other individuals whose decisions influence the business environment to the college campus where they are provided the opportunity to interact with both students and area residents from the business community. Response to the Business Dialogue Series has been extremely positive.
  • Pam & Carl Beck Fund (Professional Development)
  • Pam and Carl Beck have established an endowment with proceeds restricted to staff development for Southern State. This contribution is important to the Becks as they have been instrumental in promoting the growth and success of the college. Through people like the Becks, Southern State has been able to expand the opportunities for many in our service area.
  • Pence Patron of the Arts Fund
  • Paul and Mae Jane Pence, longtime residents of Hillsboro and strong supporters of the arts, left a portion of their estate to Southern State. They were frequent attendees at the various concerts and cultural events at the college and for many years worked with the community concert series. Their gift is being used to support the fine and performing arts program at the college and may be used for a variety of cultural programming and scholarships.
  • Performing Arts Fund (SSCC Theatre)
  • Established by the Southern State Theatre Department, this fund exists to support theatrical programming at the college.
  • Southern State Patri-Tots Learning Center
  • The Patri-Tots Learning Centers provide critical resources to students, faculty and staff in additon to the community at large. Often times, it is only because of this invaluable service that students can attend class and working parents can fulfill employment obligations. The needs to keep such programming available are great. Funding supports professional development of providers, instructional supplies and equipment and nutritional supplies.

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Staying Connected

Some say that the community college experience is often overlooked in the mind of college graduates and we ask, “Why?” In today’s competitive job market and among a society which thrives on making connections with others, “Why not use every resource available to you?”

The Southern State Alumni Association, although in early development, can be that missing link between you and a potential employer, between you and others who share similar interests, or between you and that connection you never even knew you needed. Southern State graduates are over seven thousand strong and, when you add those who may have just been a part of Southern State for a course or for a short-term certification, the number multiplies exponentially. All of these are potential connections that shouldn’t be dismissed.

So, even if you went on to the university or landed a big-time job and your community college experience was just a small part of reaching these goals, that is fine, the Alumni Association should still be a relevant part of your future and that of others. It is often our earliest steps that make the biggest difference in our lives. We would love to hear your story. Join today!


About the Alumni Association

The Southern State Community College Alumni Association exists to actively engage alumni in programs, events, and services that support Southern State’s student’s continued success while also advancing the College for future generations.

The Southern State staff members and volunteers carry out this mission by providing opportunities for alumni, community members, and students to experience mutually beneficial rewards through continued engagement. The Alumni Association provides a means of staying connected, making new acquaintances, using valuable support resources, and generally making a difference in the local community.

Membership is open to all graduates of Southern State as well as current or past students of the College who have successfully completed any credit or non-credit course. All honorary degree holders and present or past members of the faculty and staff are also invited to become members.

The Southern State Alumni Association is operated and supported by the Southern State Foundation.


Enjoy your Alumni Connections

Utilize the Southern State Career Resources

Searching for a job and preparing for a career can be overwhelming. Southern State offers free career services to all alumni including applicant preparation (including resume and cover letter development), preparing for the interview, and career counseling.

Visit the Southern State Job Board

Because the College serves a diverse area across southern Ohio, employers from around the region often advertise their open positions on the Career Services Job Board. Visit often as new postings arrive daily.

Transcript Requests

Whether you need them for a new job or for you next education chapter, requesting your transcripts is easy and it’s free at Southern State.

Improve your financial health and pay off some student loans in the process

Paying back money you may have used to finance your college can be stressful and complicated. Southern State is pleased to offer excellent services improve your overall financial health and offer clear guidance on student loan repayment.

Share your Story and Stay Connected

Whether you are a recent graduate or someone who took some courses before transferring or going into the workforce, you are considered among the Southern State Alumni. We would love to stay CONNECTED! Why not take a brief moment to tell us what you’ve been up to lately? And, with your permission, we would be happy to share an occasional update about how things are changing for Southern State and how we might be a resource for you in the future. Thanks for keeping in touch.