The Cardinal Foundation exists to support the mission of Gadsden State Community College and provide opportunities for students.
The Cardinal Foundation is an approved IRS 501(c)(3) support organization established to raise, manage, distribute and steward private resources to support he mission of Gadsden State. The Foundation is managed and controlled by a Board of Directors.
Donations are easy with PayPal, or donations can be sent to:
The Cardinal Foundation
P.O. Box 8265
Gadsden, AL 35902
Tax ID #46-0730246
The Swoop Spring 5K is a family-friendly scholarship fundraiser hosted by Gadsden State and the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise money for students scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event.
Thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Swoop Sprint, which was held June 8 on the East Broad Street and Wallace Drive campuses.
- Swoop Swoop! - $2,000
- The Gadsden Times
- Swooping In! - $500
- Alabama Teachers Credit Union
- Andrew Anderton, Allstate agent
- Alabama Power
- CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
- The Brown Turley Team, Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation
- Morgan Lavender, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
- RMC Health System
- River Bank & Trust
- Maraella Winery
- One Fell Swoop! - $250
- Patterson Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual
- Greater Gadsden
- Jennings & Messer, P.C.
- Blackstone Pub & Eatery
- Gadsden Regional Medical Center
- Team1One Chevrolet of Gadsden
- Breakfast Sponsor
Details for the 2020 Swoop Sprint will be available soon!
For the past four years, the Cardinal Foundation has sponsored the Gadsden State Everyday Hero Awards held during Community College Month in April. The event recognizes five deserving heroes who make a difference in the lives of other. Winners are from Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties. They are honored with a short speech by the person who nominated them for the award, a breakfast attended by family and friends and a framed and matted certificate.
The 2019 Everyday Hero Awards were presented by Cardinal Foundation President Steve Hildebrant, far left, and Gadsden State President Dr. Martha Lavender, far right. The winners are, from left, Joe Simmons, Heath McLeod, Marilyn Burke, Cotina Houston-Stroud and Joe Hall.
Nominations for the 2020 Everyday Hero Awards will open in March 2020. Applications will be available on the Cardinal Foundation webpage.
The Cardinal Foundation purchases service pins that are given to Gadsden State faculty and staff celebrating milestone service anniversaries. The pins are presented during Fall Convocation each year.
Nanda Patel, a board member and the owner of Holiday Inn Express in Gadsden and Fort Payne, spoke at Gadsden State’s 2019 professional development workshop. She explained her perspectives on customer service.
Mark Condra, a board member, speaks with the community at Gadsden State's 2018 Candy with the Cardinals on the Wallace Drive Campus.
Cardinal Foundation board members, from left, Judge Bobby Junkins, Steve Hildebrant and Lynn Hawkins-King participated in the groundbreaking for the new Science Building located on the East Broad Campus. They are pictured with Dr. Teresa Rhea, dean of Recruitment and Retention.
The Cardinal Foundation hosted a water station during the inaugural City of Champions Half-Marathon in November 2018. Board members, from left, Steve Hildebrant, Glen Porter and Larry Guffey were assisted by Gadsden State employees Kathy Brown, Tracy Heard and Jackie Edmondson.
The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students. Scholarship applications will be available in January on this webpage. Scholarships will be awarded during the 2020 Honors Day, held each April.
Winner: Makenzie White, a nursing major from Southside
Winners: Cara Anderson, a student from Altoona studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Brian Galimore, a nursing student from Attalla
Winner: Almotasem Alnaham, a native of Yemen who is studying biology
Winners: Allen Gossett, an Electrical Technology major from Hokes Bluff, and Ryan Snyder, a Southside student studying Electrical Technology
Winner: Patrick Jones, a Precision Machining student from Talladega
Winner: Bellah McCurry, a general studies student from Centre
Winner: Lisa Boone, a Court Reporting student from Birmingham
*Picture not available of Caler Staub, a general studies student from Southside
Winners: Gabriel Perez, an Altoona resident studying Mechanical Design Technology; Russ McCoy, a Welding student from Rainbow City; and Michael Patton, a student from Walnut Grove studying Welding
Winner: Jamaya Walker Whitehead, a student from Gadsden focusing on general studies
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors represent one of the three counties where Gadsden State campuses are located – Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties.
- President: Steve Hildebrant
- Vice President: Mark Condra
- Treasurer: Bud Owsley
- Secretary: Thereasa Hulgan
- Brain Snell
- Lynn Hawkins-King
- Debra Guyton
- Nanda Patel
- Bobby Junkins
- Tony Reddick
- Gene Boyd
- Christie Knowles
- Ricky Ray
- Glen Porter
- Bryan Dorsett
- Larry Guffey
- Anna Moore