Student Success Grants

Student Success Grants help support LTCC academic departments, full-time and adjunct faculty, and staff whose projects enhance student learning. These grants are intended to increase student access, retention, and successful course completion. Staff, faculty, and departments use the grants to purchase educational materials, help fund field trips or other events that budgets cannot accommodate, and otherwise support student learning.
Thanks to donor support, the Foundation has awarded Student Success Grants annually since the 2016/17 academic year.

For the 2020/21 academic year, the following projects were approved for funding:

  • Shaking Incubator for Biology Labs - $2,461

Microbiology is a required course for students going into allied health fields including nursing and medical school. The existing incubator lacked the shaking feature, and students couldn't perform experiments deemed necessary on the curriculum guidelines.

  • Software for Students in the Disability Resource Center - $1,500

Helperbird is a Chrome website extension that supports students with a variety of disabilities. These students can easily use Helperbird while learning online and access a wide variety of display options that help students who learn differently. Helperbird makes web pages more accessible while encouraging productivity by limiting distractions.

  • Book and Material Fees for Dual Enrollment Students - $1,826

This grant will cover book, lab, and material fees for LTUSD students taking LTCC courses concurrently. Fees are waived for these students and with the grant covering required supplies, the classes will be truly cost-free college courses accessible to all high school students regardless of income.

  • Peer Coaching for Dual Enrollment Students - $3,000

A Dual Enrollment Peer Coach program will provide tutoring, support, and check-ins so struggling students can be successful and stay engaged. 

  • Emergency Book Fund - $3,000

This fund helps students in need to cover the costs of books and/or access codes required for their classes.

  • Large Screen Digital Whiteboard for Remote and In-Person Tutoring and Teaching - $2,871

A smart cart provides a state-of-the-art interactive display, a large screen digital whiteboard that enables tutors and instructors to write out formulas, diagrams, etc. that are visible to both in-person and remote learning students.

Many of the 2019/20 selected projects are postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 and remote learning. Funds are being held so projects can be completed when face-to-face learning resumes.


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Chemistry– $2,000
Purchased lab equipment allowing for more experiments to be completed in the LTCC chemistry and physics labs. 
Equity – $1,500
Partial scholarship for two students to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the leading national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.
Geology – $3,900
Scholarship to offset trip expenses for 13 LTCC students in Geology 131AA: Grand Canyon. This four-unit, field-based course introduces students to the geology, hydrology, natural history, and management issues of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
Mathematics – $5,000
Funds purchased 20 Chromebooks to replace the TI-89 calculators that STEM math students have been using for the past 22 years. Chromebooks are used during testing, so students only have access to designated online resources. The 20 Chromebooks supplement another 10 already in the library for the usual 30-student calculus class, pre-calculus, and second-year calculus classes. The Chromebooks are housed in the library and are available for students to check out when exams aren't scheduled.
Anatomy Physiology – $4,300
Purchase of one arm, one leg, and four half-head models with musculature. When not in use in the lab, the models live in the library for students to check out to use for studying purposes.
Art Department – $900
Visiting Artist Series for Winter and Spring 2018. Artists gave hand-on demonstrations and lectures to students and community members.
Biology Department – $1,600
Partial scholarships for students to attend a marine ecology field trip to Belize. 
Business Department – $2,700 
Future Business Leaders of Tahoe student club field trip to Bay Area and Reno businesses and organizations including Facebook, the Alzheimer’s Association, Intuitive Surgical, Adobe, the Tesla Gigafactory, and the Apple retail store in Reno.
Work Experience – $1,100 
Wilderness and environmental science field trip to local businesses where students learned about job opportunities and hiring procedures. The field trip was followed by a workshop to help students hone their skills to conduct a successful job search.
Equity – $2,000
Textbooks and online material access codes purchased for economically disadvantaged students. 

Art Department – $1,450
Visiting Artist Series for Winter and Spring 2017.

Biology 111, Introduction to Plant and Animal Biology – $370
Field trip to Fallen Leaf Lake Campground, Eagle Lakes, and Tahoe Mountain.

Biology 112, Zoology – $1,478
Field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and kayaking Elkhorn Slough.

Counseling – $726
Half the tuition costs for a single mother.
Library – $5,000
One-year subscription to the California Community College Library Consortium's academic eBook collection.
Online Learning and Incarcerated Student Program – $1,236
Screen capturing software and HD webcams to create instructional materials for online and correspondence learning.

English Department and Writers' Series – $1,350
Author Camille T. Dungyy gave a reading from her book on race in America and a student writing workshop.

Equity – $3,466
Emergency book fund for students.


  • Nancy Harrison
    Nancy Harrison, CFRE
    Executive Director of the Foundation and College Advancement (530) 541-4660 x 245

The Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – TAX ID# 68-0383810.