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 the mission of Gadsden State. The Foundation is managed and controlled by a Board of Directors.
Donations can be sent to:
The Cardinal Foundation
P.O. Box 8265
Gadsden, AL 35902
Tax ID #46-0730246
The Swoop Sprint 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 student scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event. This year the Swoop Sprint raised $8,900. For times click here. For pictures click here.
Save the Date for next year's race! April 9, 2022
Thank you 2021 Sponsors!
Alabama Teachers Credit Union, Exchange Bank of Alabama, Regional Medical Center (RMC), River Bank & Trust, The Messenger, Preferred Health Services and Eastman
One Fell Swoop!
Advantage EMT, Blackstone Pizza Kitchen, CMP-Talladega, Gadsden Tourism, Kathy Murphy, Langley Performance, Popeye's, Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Buffalo Rock, Team One Auto Chevrolet
The Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation hosted a scholarship luncheon for named scholarship donors and scholarship recipients.
Dr. Kathy Murphy with Alabama Power reps Terry Smiley and Spencer Williams. APCO presented a $5,000 grant to the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation for the Boys & Girls Club Career Academy Scholarship.
President Mark Condra, Treasurer Bryan Dorsett and board member Gayle Macolly with Swoop at the 2021 Homecoming Tailgate party.
Board member Tommie Goggans III and President Mark Condra at the 2021 Swoop Sprint 5K.
The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students.
The Alabama Homebuilders Construction Scholarship is a $600 scholarship to a student enrolled in Construction Technology.
Hudson Howle is the son of Todd and Susan Howle. He plans to graduate in the summer 2022.
Tre' Mitchell is married to Daija and together they have a son named Yosan. Mitchell is originally from Portsmouth, VA. He is majoring in construction technology and plans to graduate in May 2022. After graduation he hopes to be a general contractor.
The Benjamin Steinberg scholarship is a $500 scholarship to a student enrolled in the nursing program.
This year’s recipient is Lisha Keith. Keith is originally from Montgomery. Keith is the mother of Jonathan Turner (Malika) and the proud grandmother to Jace Turner, Anissa Turner and Zeena Turner. She plans to graduate fall of 2022 with a degree in nursing.
The Cardinal Foundation Student Access scholarship is worth $1,500 and is to assist with tuition, books and fees.
Vernon “Jase” Jelks of Centre is this year's recipient. Jelks is the son of Vernon and Cescelie Jelks. He is majoring in general studies and plans to transfer to Auburn University to major in computer science.
The Gerald Acker Scholarship is given to an incoming Gadsden State student enrolled in the electrical technology program. This scholarship is $2,000. Apply for it here.
This year’s recipient is Trevor Arnold. Arnold is from Collinsville and is the son of Lance and Valerie Arnold. He is majoring in HVAC and electrical technology. He will graduate summer 2021 with a degree in HVAC and summer of 2022 with a degree in electrical technology.
The Swoop Sprint 5K Scholarship is also a $1,500 scholarship and can be used for tuition, books and fees.
Isaiah Walker of Birmingham is the son of Tomeka Smith and Martin Walker. He is majoring in civil engineering and plans to graduate in fall 2022.
Erica King is from Centre. She and her husband, Kerry, are proud foster parents. She is currently majoring in nursing. She will graduate December 2022 and hopes to be a NICU nurse.
Robert “Robb” Corker is the son of Kathy Wyman & Rick Williams and Robert Corker & Karin Suarez. His major is general studies with an emphasis on music. He plans to graduate May 2022 and pursue a career in music or journalism.
The Cardinal Foundation Calhoun County scholarship is $1,500 and awarded to a resident of Calhoun County.
Keaton Gaines of White Plaints is the scholarship recipient. Gaines is the daughter of Kevin and Samantha Gaines. Gaines is majoring in nursing. She plans to graduate in May of 2023. After graduation she would like to continue her education at Jacksonville State University and pursue a career in family medicine as a nurse practitioner.
The fund provides three $1,500 scholarships annually to cover tuition, books and fees for students in technical programs involving the construction trades. It is available to current seniors or graduates from a public or private high school in Etowah County and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. Financial need is one of the criteria. Apply here.
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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: Mark Condra
- Vice President: Bryan Dorsett
- Secretary: Anna Moore
- Treasurer: Tommie Goggans III
- Past President: Steve Hildebrant
- Lynn King
- Nanda Patel
- Ricky Ray
- Honorable Tim Burgess
- Major General Eric Crabtree
- Heather New
- Kristen Fillingim
- Theresa Hulgan
- Bud Owsley
- David Hooks
- Gerri Langley
- Trudy Lowe
- Gayle Macolly
- Jonathan Tang
- Davis Varner
- Bess Yarbrough