Feb 12, 2021 | Foundation , Featured

Columbia State Supporters Constantine and Mary Vrailas Donate to Student Success

Con and Mary Vrailas
Con and Mary Vrailas at the 2014 President's Society Dinner.

The Columbia State Community College Foundation recently received a donation from Constantine and Mary Vrailas to establish two grants and one scholarship to support the success of students, especially given the challenges brought on by COVID-19. 

"Con and Mary are among Columbia State's most dedicated supporters," said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. "Our community as a whole has benefited in so many ways over the years. They have provided jobs and service through operating a successful business, and have served on numerous boards and volunteered in numerous capacities. Their compassion and heart for others is demonstrated over and over again with an impact that will continue for years into the future. We appreciate their devotion to our students and to the college’s success."

The three funds take into consideration challenges that students may encounter because of extenuating circumstances. These funds can help address food insecurities experienced by students. In addition, funding gaps may be filled to help with tuition, fees and textbooks.

Con serves on the Columbia State Foundation Board. Both he and Mary have been supporters of the First Farmers Performance Series that hosts a variety of artists performing on the Columbia Campus in the Cherry Theater, as well as the Pryor Art Gallery. In 2014, Con and Mary were the recipients of the prestigious TBR Chancellor’s Award.

In addition to their service at Columbia State, Con and Mary have provided scholarships that benefited their employees and have established scholarships for public service men and women and their families.