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Faculty & Staff Advancement

Professional development, instructional materials and equipment for the classroom are basic and essential needs for the quality of education MPC is committed to providing.

The MPC Foundation grants thousands of dollars each year in FASA Awards to MPC Faculty and Staff for this very purpose.

With these Advancement Awards, the MPC Foundation encourages innovation and opportunity.

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Awards may support classroom resources, technology refreshment, program development, technical equipment, conferences, workshops and a myriad of other opportunities for professional advancement.

The purpose of the Faculty and Staff Advancement Awards program is to provide funding assistance for projects that are not supported by the existing budget and to uphold the college mission:

“Monterey Peninsula College is committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities, and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and life-long learning opportunities. Through these efforts, MPC seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community.”

Applications from MPC faculty and staff are thoughtfully reviewed and recipients determined by a committee of the MPC Foundation twice each year.

Employees are encouraged to review the guidelines and the application carefully before submitting a grant request. Funding for the MPC Faculty and Staff Advancement Awards is made possible through the gifts of generous donors to the President’s Circle, the Dr. Peggy Downes Baskin Faculty Advancement Endowment, the George J. (Bob) Faul Academic Excellence Awards Endowment, John and Jeanne Logan Memorial Awards Fund, the Dorothy D. Stevens Memorial Fund and the Doolittle Performing Arts Fund.

Help fund professional development, instructional materials and special projects at MPC through our FASA Program!

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Applications are currently under review for Fall 2019 FASA Cycle! The deadline has passed for submission.

This year we are proud to include the Garrison Fund for Educational Excellence Award to fund summer projects through FASA! This award can be combined with other FASA funding.

 Please click the links below to open the documents:

FASA Guidelines Fall 2019



The MPC Foundation submits approximately 25 grant proposals each year to various funding sources, including private foundations and corporations, in support of MPC students, College departments, and Foundation programs.  Some of the programs supported through MPC Foundation grant funds in 2015 include:

  • Child Development Center and Early Childhood Education Department – Support for the MPC Child Development Center’s new business model and an Outdoor Learning Classroom. 
  • “College In Sight” – Funded by the William McCaskey & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation to provide a path from high school to college for many students who lack the information, assistance and motivation needed to realize that a higher education is possible
  • Cooperative Work Experience Education (COOP) Program – Provides MPC students with paid internship opportunities through local non-profit and government agencies
  • Emergency Financial Assistance to Students – A financial resource for students who experience hardships that could force them to drop out of school such as car repairs, medical bills, and rent increases
  • Gender and Women’s Studies – A multi-year grant from the Jack & Peggy Baskin Foundation that allowed MPC to hire a full-time Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member and revive this valuable program 
  • Guest Authors Series –Brings renowned authors from across the nation to the MPC campus for classroom discussions and presentations to the community at large 
  • Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing – Support for the Men in Nursing program which promotes the recruitment/retention of men in the nursing profession 
  • MPC Theatre – Funding received to provide free tickets to children and families from low-income households to attend a Storybook Theatre presentation on the MPC main stage 
  • Student Scholarships – Numerous grants received in support of student scholarships including a new award from the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation to make college possible for high school students who are enrolled in continuation schools or who are not on a traditional high school path 
  • “Reaching Out , Reaching Students” – Targeted marketing and outreach to local high schools in order to promote Monterey Peninsula College and increase enrollment 
  • Textbook Assistance Program – Funding to remove the obstacle of exorbitant textbook costs for students with financial need 
  • Upward Bound Program – Prepares high school students from low-income families and first-generation college students to enroll, persist, and succeed in college