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Scholarship breakfast celebrates student success

MCTC Board President celebrates the
attendees of the 2016
Scholarship Breakfast

Each fall, the MCTC Foundation brings scholarship recipients and donors together to celebrate the power of scholarships and erasing barriers for students in need at MCTC.

As this year’s breakfast opened, MCTC Foundation Board President Harry Davis, Jr., shared a personal story of being the first in his family to achieve a higher education, setting the path for the many family members that followed him. He spoke of how MCTC, one of the most diverse colleges in Minnesota, celebrates all of its students who are gaining expertise in myriad areas of study from technical fields to liberal arts, but all honing critical thinking skills, preparing to be part of the highly-skilled workforce of the future.

Members of Saint Mark’s
Episcopal Cathedral

In addition to honoring the generous donors who make the work of the MCTC Foundation possible, a few scholarship recipients shared their personal stories of success during the breakfast. Tegan Batres y Carr, a Power of YOU and MCTC alumna, was the first to speak. After graduating from MCTC, she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthropology and completed a minor in neuroscience. She now works in clinical research in the areas of mood disorders and neuroimaging. Tegan shared how the scholarship she received catalyzed her life, giving her access to higher education and the ability to experience flexibility and richness, inspiring her to make her voice heard around the world.

Woman’s Club of Minneapolis member
Joy Erickson joined MCTC President
Dr. Sharon Pierce at the event.
The Woman’s Club has been
providing scholarships to MCTC
Foundation students since 1979.

Julio Martinez Huerta, a Star Scholar working on his associate degree in human services, is the first in his family to attend college. Julio is a student who migrated from Mexico to the U.S. with his family in 2007. He is an active member of his community and appreciates the opportunity he has to pursue his educational dreams thanks to the scholarship.

Memorial ESL Scholar Sang Nguyen, was born in a small village in central Vietnam. He came to the U.S. in 2013 with his family and is now majoring in accounting at MCTC. Sang shared how attending college as an ESL student has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of his life. Sang appreciates MCTC’s diversity, indicating he has the opportunity to learn from students, faculty and staff from all over the world every day.

Renee Brown, a human services major, shared how participating in the Basilica Hennepin Connections Program as a mentee first and now as a mentor changed her life. Renee once faced homelessness and appreciates how MCTC community partners have opened avenues of support to her lifting her financial burdens, providing mentorship and ultimately making it possible for her to go to college. Renee is also a 2016 Lion Heart Scholarship recipient from Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Each day, lives are changed at MCTC through the power of education. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can support students in need through the MCTC Foundation, connect with us at amy.mccarthy@minneapolis.edu