New leaders on EPCC board

July 13, 2016


The Foundation for El Paso Community College has selected two community leaders as new board members. 


Executive Vice President Greg DiDonna and Mijares-Mora Architects Vice-President Jorge Mora were volunteers nominated by other Foundation Board members. 


“I was nominated for the position and was pleased to accept the invitation to serve on The Foundation,” said DiDonna.


“As a Board Member, I will be actively engaged in EPCC and its growth with my primary focus on raising money for the funding of scholarships awarded to EPCC students.”



Greg DiDonna

Foundation for EPCC board member




The Foundation for EPCC’s mission is to promote access to scholarships and excellence in the educational process to benefit all individuals seeking learning opportunities. 


“Finances shouldn’t keep anyone from being successful in college,” said Dr. Dolores Gross, the Foundation Executive Director.


Gross has been the Foundation’s Executive Director for six months. Previously, she was the full-time Director of 


Planning for EPCC for 13½ years.


“It was a good opportunity to help students. I really enjoy working with the board to raise funds for scholarships. I thought that it would be an exciting and interesting change,” Gross said when explaining why she accepted the new position.


Gross explained the organization’s goal.



“The goal of the foundation is to ensure that every student who wants to come to school has an opportunity to enroll for their classes without financial obstacles being a barrier,” said Gross.Students may apply for scholarships through the EPCC website.


“There are different requirements when applying for scholarships. Ideally, students should have a grade point average of a 3.0, but some requirements may be as low at a 2.7,” said Gross.



Jorge Mora

Foundation for EPCC board member




“There is an application available on the financial aid website and, generally, students apply every Spring.” 



 The Foundation for EPCC was established in 1999 and has award over $1.7 million in scholarships to students, according to Gross.


The organization has grown significantly with the help of major cooperate donors. Some Donors include: Hunt Family Foundation, Wolslager Foundation, Casa Ford, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, El Paso Electric Company, Northeast Rotary Club, Wells Fargo Bank, STARS Scholarship Fund and L & F Distributors. 



When asked who established the organization, the Foundation’s Chairman Tom Ahmann had this to say.


“A group of business leaders decided that they needed to give back to the community. They wanted to do something to help people get an education,” said Ahmann. 


The Foundation has a couple of upcoming fundraisers. The “Truck Raffle” and “Fajitas & Margaritas Fundraiser” will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., on Sept. 22 at the ASC Building. 


For more information about events hosted by the Foundation, contact Dr. Dolores Gross at (915) 831-6484 or Perla Renteria at (915) 831-6936.


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