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Cardinal Foundation

Cardinal Foundation


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

Donate Online


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. The 2021 race will be April 10.


2021 Sponsors

Swoop! Swoop!


Swoop There It Is! 


Swooping In!

Alabama Teachers Credit Union
Exchange Bank of Alabama
Kathy Murphy, Gadsden State Community College President
Langley Performance
Regional Medical Center (RMC)

One Fell Swoop! 

Advantage EMT
Blackstone Pub & Eatery
Buffalo Rock
Gadsden Tourism
Holiday Inn Express Hotel
The Messenger
River Bank & Trust
Team One Auto

Swoop Sprint 5K





Service Pins

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

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.


Candy with the Cardinals

Mark Condra, a board member, speaks with the community at Gadsden State's 2018 Candy with the Cardinals on the Wallace Drive Campus. 


Groundbreaking photo for Cardinal Foundation

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.

City of Champions half marathon

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. 

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(Applications are currently closed)

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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: Bud Owsley
  • Secretary: Anna Moore
  • Treasurer: Bryan Dorsett
  • Past President: Steve Hildebrant

Board Members

  • Lynn King
  • Nanda Patel
  • Ricky Ray
  • Larry Guffey
  • Honorable Tim Burgess
  • Major General Eric Crabtree
  • Tommie Goggans III
  • David Hooks
  • Gerri Langley
  • Trudy Lowe
  • Gayle Macolly
  • Jonathan Tang
  • Davis Varner
  • Bess Yarbrough