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 Open

A group photo of Bruin Scholarship Open organizer, sponsors and volunteers. When: Sept. 11, 2020
Where: Binder Park Golf Course, Battle Creek

2020 Sponsorship and Registration: Check back soon! We are currently planning this event, being cognizant of local and federal Covid-19 precautions and are excited to have you join us in September!

This annual signature event raises funds for the KCC Foundation General Scholarship Program. Since 1998, the Bruin Open has raised nearly $1.2 million from generous sponsors, donors and golfers. Many students’ lives have been impacted by the funds raised at this event. Students are able to take their first college steps at KCC or walk across the stage to receive their diploma. All because of the tremendous support for this event.
At the 22nd annual event on Sept. 6, 2019, 240 golfers, 132 sponsors and over 100 staff and volunteers raised $104,000 for student scholarships. At each Bruin Scholarship Open, we offer “start from your cart” service assisted by our dynamic athletic teams, super scramble golf, lunch, dinner, gift bags, raffles, game holes, putting contest and more. Click the 2019 Bruin Open Sponsors to see a list of our generous supporters and contributors.

Celebration of Donors & Scholars

When: Fall 2020
Where: Battle Creek Country Club
Approximately 250 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. Student speakers at the Oct. 2019 event were Nicholas Dwe-Hein and Kimberly Totzke. Alumni speakers were Michele Hughey and Isaac Lake.

Bid a Brighter Future

When: January 2021
Where: Binda Performing Arts Center
When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This annual KCC employee auction and raffle began in 2004 and nearly $160,000 has been contributed by KCC staff, faculty and administrators for the benefit of KCC student scholarship awards or emergency needs. Special activities such as a wine pull and games add to the excitement of the event that already features a silent auction of over 100 items, prize and cash raffles. The 2020 Bid a Brighter Future theme, “1980’s”, featured bright colors, great 1980’s trivia, and some fun throw back toys. Many thanks to the KCC employees and community who donated items, served on the committee, and helped raise over $10,800 for the Beyond Tuition Fund for student emergency needs and the Bruin Basket Initiative.

Starfish Awards

The Starfish Award program was established in 1999 and is based on the classic Starfish Story of a young man who sees an old man picking up stranded starfish at the beach and throwing them back into the sea. The award recognizes a Kellogg Community College faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in a student’s educational career at KCC. Nominations are submitted by graduating KCC students in the spring and recipients are announced at the college’s annual commencement breakfast.

To submit a nomination for this year, you may download the nomination form or visit use the online Starfish nomination form. The deadline to submit a Starfish Award Nomination Form has been extended to April 14, 2020.

Pictured below are the five 2019 Starfish Award winners and the students who nominated them, along with KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham.

5 Starfish Award winners with 4 students.

2019 Starfish Award Winners

  • Counselor Tim Bond, nominated by student Kayla Humphries.
  • English Adjunct Instructor and Academic Support Staff Assistant Jeff Houldsworth, nominated by student Nina Bagi.
  • Chemistry Professor Jennifer Smith, nominated by student Cara McConnell.
  • Biology Professor Faith Vruggink,  nominated by student Cara McConnell.
  • Early Childhood Education Adjunct Instructor Anjanette Webb, nominated by student Ashanti Waters.