The Porterville College Foundation currently has net assets of over $6.6 million and is organized as an auxiliary nonprofit corporation for educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable purposes to promote the general welfare of Porterville College. The 21 member volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of 15 community members, 3 College administrators, the elected district governing Board of Members, 1 student and 1 faculty member.
The Foundation completed its first capital campaign in 1997 raising $250,000 which was matched by $500,000 from the United States Department of Education Endowment Challenge Grant. The full corpus is held for 20 years during which time it is invested; during that period 50% of the earnings can be spent to support the college mission. The first year's spendable earnings yielded about $80,000 for college support.
Foundation Board members have pledged support for the new Agriculture Business and Agriculture Science program at the college as well as the elementary school outreach program known as the Science, Mathematics, and Resource Technology (SMART Lab) mobile science laboratory.
Through the PC First Scholarship program, the Foundation offers local high school seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average an academic scholarship for continuing his/her education at Porterville College. These scholarships are funded by proceeds from the Swap Meet held each Saturday morning at the College Stadium parking lot. PC First and donor funded scholarships of approximately $218,000 provide academic support and are awarded to deserving students who are continuing their higher education at PC and other institutions.
Porterville College, founded in 1927, is a two year community college and is a designated Hispanic serving institution. We serve the greater Porterville area of southern Tulare County, California, including the Tule Indian Reservation. Porterville is 65 miles south of Fresno and 57 miles north of Bakersfield. Both Fresno and Bakersfield have a campus of the California State University which grants the Baccalaureate Degree