Cardinal Foundation

Cardinal Foundation


The Cardinal Foundation exists to support the mission of Gadsden State Community College and provide opportunities for students.


The Cardinal Foundation is an approved IRS 501(c)(3) support organization established to raise, manage, distribute and steward private resources to support the mission of Gadsden State. The Foundation is managed and controlled by a Board of Directors.

Excellence in Leadership Fund

The Cardinal Foundation is awarding funds received from an anonymous donor for scholarships and student aid.

Apply for the Excellence in Leadership Fund


The Cardinal Foundation presents several scholarships each year to Gadsden State students. The application will reopen in January 2023 so that students may apply for Cardinal Foundation Scholarships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

Apply for Cardinal Foundation Scholarships



The Cardinal Foundation
P.O. Box 8265, Gadsden, AL 35902
Tax ID #46-0730246

Donate Online


The Swoop Sprint 5K is a family-friendly scholarship fundraiser hosted by Gadsden State and the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation. The purpose of the event is to raise money for student scholarships. It is a Gadsden Runners Club Prix Event. Last year's the Swoop Sprint raised $8,900.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors:

Platinum Level: Swoop! Swoop!

  • Bookstore at Gadsden State
  • The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County

Gold Level: Swoop There It Is

  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Centre
  • Eastman
  • Exchange Bank
  • Family Savings Credit Union
  • Ronnie Watkins Ford
  • The Think Tank Media 

Silver Level: Swooping In

  • Alabama Teachers Credit Union 
  • Buffalo Rock
  • Jim Burke Downtown Auto Mall
  • Gadsden Regional Medical Center
  • Langley Performance Inc.
  • The Messenger
  • McClellan Family Chiropractic
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Preferred Health Services, Inc.
  • River Bank & Trust
  • RMC Health System
  • Simmons Sign & Graphics 

Bronze Level: One Fell Swoop

  • Advantage EMS
  • The Alabama Gift Company
  • BD Welch Construction
  • Blackstone
  • Cherokee Electric Co-op
  • CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
  • Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority 
  • Gadsden Variety
  • Gerald Pentecost, CPA
  • Greater Gadsden Area Tourism
  • Heather New, Mayor of Gadsden campaign

  • Jack's
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Popeye's
  • Team 1 Automotive
  • Jonathan M. Welch, Attorney at Law

Green Level: Swoop Support

  • Tang Mart


2022 Swoop Sprint

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Swoop Sprint 5K

April 9, 2022

  • Runners registered by March 24, 2022 will be guaranteed a t-shirt.
  • Race-day packet pickup and registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • Race begins at 9 a.m. at the Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus
  • Walkers and strollers are welcome!



The Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation hosted a scholarship luncheon for named scholarship donors and scholarship recipients.


Dr. Kathy Murphy with Alabama Power reps Terry Smiley and Spencer Williams. APCO presented a $5,000 grant to the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation for the Boys & Girls Club Career Academy Scholarship.


President Mark Condra, Treasurer Bryan Dorsett and board member Gayle Macolly with Swoop at the 2021 Homecoming Tailgate party. 


Board member Tommie Goggans III and President Mark Condra at the 2021 Swoop Sprint 5K.





Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors represent one of the three counties where Gadsden State campuses are located – Etowah, Calhoun and Cherokee counties.

  • President: Tommie Goggans III
  • Vice President: Eric Crabtree
  • Secretary: Gerri Langley
  • Treasurer: Steve Hildebrant 
  • Past President: Mark Condra

Board Members

  • Lynn King
  • Nanda Patel
  • Ricky Ray
  • Honorable Tim Burgess
  • Major General Eric Crabtree
  • Bryan Dorsett
  • Eric Ellis
  • Heather New
  • Theresa Hulgan
  • David Hooks
  • Trudy Lowe
  • Gayle Macolly
  • Anna Moore
  • Scott Shofner
  • Jonathan Tang
  • Davis Varner
  • Bess Yarbrough