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Scholarship Breakfast Honors Students and Funders

MCTC Foundation Holds Breakfast Celebration for Scholarship Recipients, Funders

Speakers at the 2013 Scholarship BreakfastThe MCTC Foundation recently held its 10th annual Scholarship Breakfast for students who received Foundation scholarships in the last year. More than 200 students applied for these scholarships, and 36 students received awards. The MCTC Foundation has distributed more than $2.2 million in the last five years in grants, Power of YOU scholarships and emergency funding.

Community colleges prove time and again to offer a more affordable higher education option to students, yet students continue to struggle to cover the costs of their education. The MCTC Foundation scholarships assist students with financial needs achieve their educational goals and work toward sustainable and fulfilling careers.

“I knew going back to school would be hard,” said Woman’s Club Scholarship recipient Anna Cioffi, “but I didn’t realize how hard it would be. After a particularly hard day of classes, I considered quitting school. But then I remembered the Women’s Club Scholarship I’d received. I knew someone believed in me.”

“Scholarships changes lives,” said Amy McCarthy, development and scholarship coordinator for the MCTC Foundation. “They not only give financial support to our students, they also give students the confidence they need to stay in school and complete their degree.”

MCTC students learn about scholarship opportunities from their instructors, advisors, the Foundation website and friends. The Scholarship Breakfast allows students to meet some scholarship funders—like Deb Pomroy, instructor of English as a Second or Other Language courses at MCTC since 1991. Deb and her family fund the Srok Scholarship, named for her grandfather who spoke no English when he immigrated to the U.S. “It’s never a mistake to invest in people,” said Deb. Read her story on page 9 of The Groove magazine.

The MCTC Foundation has been serving students since 1977.

Photo: From left to right, MCTC President Phil Davis, Power of YOU scholarship recipient Ricki Larson, Kopp Presidential Scholarship recipient Anthela Huynh, Woman’s Club Scholarship recipient Anna Maria Cioffi, Wheelock Whitney—generous donor to MCTC and namesake of the Wheelock Whitney Library, Kopp Presidential Scholarship recipient Brian Arnold, MCTC Foundation President Ramona Harristhal and Nadia and Louis Najarro Smith Scholarship recipient Maria Sanchez.