The KCC Foundation hosts several events each year supporting our scholarship students and thanking our generous donors and members of the KCC community. Check back often for upcoming event dates and times or contact us for more information.

Bruin Scholarship OpenMelges 1 2015

When: Friday, September 8, 2017
Where: Binder Park Golf Course, Battle Creek
This annual signature event raises funds for the KCC Foundation General Scholarship Program. Since 1998, the Bruin Open has raised close to $900,000 from generous sponsors, donors and golfers. On September 9, 2016, over 240 golfers, 130 sponsors and contributors and over 100 staff and volunteers helped raise $100,000 for student scholarships. Click on 2016-bruin-open-sponsors-and-supporters to see a listing of our sponsors and supporters. To consider a sponsorship for the 20th Annual Bruin Scholarship Open in 2017, contact the KCC Foundation at 269-965-4161.

Donor-Scholar Recognition Event

When: Fall 2017
Where: Watch for Update
Scholarship recipients, donors, KCC Board of Trustees, KCC Foundation Board Members and KCC staff come together to express gratitude, honor the generosity of donors, and to meet student awardees.

Bid a Brighter Future

This annual KCC employee auction and raffle began in 2004 and nearly $120,000 has been contributed by KCC staff, faculty and administrators for the benefit of KCC student scholarship awards. Special activities such as Jeans Day Fridays, wine pull, and games adds to the excitement of the event. The 2017 Bid a Brighter Future: Tropical Paradise was held on January 5 and over $10,600 was raised. Many thanks to the KCC employees and community who donated items or served on the committee. Click List of Donors and Volunteers BABF 2017 to see a list of donors and committee members.

Starfish Awards

The Starfish Award honors and recognizes faculty and staff of Kellogg Community College for excellence in education. Nominations for the award are submitted by graduating KCC students. The Starfish Award is presented at the annual Commencement Breakfast.
Starfish Award applications are now available! KCC students graduating in the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to nominate a KCC faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in their educational career at KCC. The following form Starfish Nomination 2017 contains fillable fields. Please complete, save and email to

In 2016, the KCC Foundation received 36 submissions for 31 KCC employees and presented a Starfish Award to 6 employees. To see the list of nominees, nominators and submission descriptions, go to 2016 Starfish Nomination Submissions Final.

Below are the six Starfish Award winners.

2016 Starfish Award Winners

  • Early Childhood Education Professor Jamie Bishop, nominated by student Emma Gochanour.
  • Mathematics Professor Anna Cox, nominated by student Hunter Mauk.
  • Student Life Manager Drew Hutchinson, nominated by students Dionna Eggleston and Karlee Hancock.
  • Support Services Staff Assistant Cindy Lingbeek, nominated by students Laura Breed and Casey Kinney.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator and Professor Julie Roberts, nominated by student Donald Goodnough.
  • Registrar Colleen Wright, nominated by student Michael Whitlock.