Butler Community College and The Opportunity Project (TOP)’s will serve more people in need because of a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation for student scholarships.

Started and championed by Barry and Paula Downing, TOP delivers high-quality early learning experiences to children living in poverty. Last year, Butler partnered with TOP to provide scholarships for the organization’s employees and parents of students who attend TOP. These scholarships enable the students to attend Butler and better their lives through higher education.

“It is an honor for the college to fulfill our mission by providing affordable and quality education to these and so many other students,” said Stacy Cofer, vice president of advancement for the Butler Foundation. “This grant from the Bank of America Foundation enables us to have even more of an impact.”

The grant also supports the Bank of America Foundation’s priority of economic mobility focused on the needs of individuals and families by investing in workforce development and education and basic needs. This is the fourth consecutive year the Butler Foundation has received a Bank of America Foundation grant that will serve student populations with great need.

Philanthropic contributions to Butler Community College are coordinated by the Butler Community College Foundation. The foundation manages fundraising efforts with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to secure private support for the college.