The South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation was founded in 1983 as the Faribault Area Vocational Technical Trust Association to promote community post-secondary education in the Faribault area. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization governed by a board of directors comprised of individuals from the area, including South Central College alumni. The Foundation raises money for scholarships and programs through an annual fund drive implemented by a team of volunteers from the community.
"Supporting Student Success One Scholarship at a Time"
Gene Buhr, President, 1st United Bank
Fund Drive Chair
“I believe that it is the duty and moral responsibility of our society to provide the best and most appropriate education possible to our future workforce. Having an educated workforce is the only way our friends and neighbors can attain the lifestyle we all strive to have. South Central College provides the type of education that gives everyone access to their dreams. Scholarships provide the means to make those dreams reality. We all need to do our part.”
Gene Buhr has served as President of 1st United Bank in Faribault since 2010 and has been employed at the bank for 38 years. His parents grew up during the Great Depression and both had to drop out of school in the eighth grade to help support their families. He and his siblings, with encouragement from their parents, were able to go to college. His mother earned her GED when Gene went to college and his younger brother was 11 years old. Gene’s wife, Barb, attended South Central College while working at Mayo Clinic to obtain her coding license, allowing her to move up to a job she really enjoyed.
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Rick Miller, Past & Current President
It is a privilege to serve as the President of South Central College Faribault Campus Foundation Board of Directors. On behalf of the Board members, SCC faculty, staff, and students I want to extend a genuine and sincere thank you to all who partner with SCC to make education available and affordable in our local community.
We are a community that values education and the investments made in our students today will have a long-lasting impact. Many generous individuals and businesses continue to provide support (time, resources, equipment, funding) to ensure cost-effective educational opportunities exist in Faribault. It is exciting to see the caliber of talent committed to furthering their education at SCC. I am just excited to see those same students join our workforce with all the necessary skills needed to expand and grow our local economy.
SCC Faribault Campus Foundation had an eventful year. Gene Buhr, Fund Drive Chair, led the efforts of 44 community volunteers to raise $222,000. Thank you to all who supported the foundation through your generous gifts and time. One hundred twenty deserving students received the gift of a scholarship to support their desire to enhance their skills and talents at SCC to impact the future.
Thank you to all who continue to provide support to the Foundation’s mission of supporting higher education and training at SCC. We had a successful year because of the support provided by many individuals and businesses. For those currently involved and engaged in the Foundation, thank you. For those looking to make a difference one scholarship at a time, please connect with the Foundation. I am sure you will find it a very rewarding experience.
SCC Foundation Board President 2018-2020
Rick Miller, President
Jason Robinson, Vice President*
Doug Zahn, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Cheryl Freund, At-Large Officer
Dr. Dick Huston, At-Large Officer
Dr. Richard Berge (Honorary Member)
*South Central College Alumni