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MCTC Foundation Receives $300,000 from Thomas Wells; Endowed Gift is Third Largest in College History

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

The Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Foundation received an endowed gift of $300,000 from the Trust of Thomas H. Wells. Tom, as he was known by friends, passed away unexpectedly in August of 2012.

Tom Wells served on the MCTC Foundation Board for over two decades, and was president of the MCTC Foundation when it embarked on its first capital campaign in the mid-1990s. “The recent endowed gift of $300,000 will ensure the continuation of Tom’s legacy for the students of MCTC,” stated Phil Davis, president of MCTC. “Nothing made Tom more proud than to meet a group of Wells Family Foundation student scholars, and learn about their incredible life stories.”

Throughout his life, Tom pursued philanthropic goals working individually and through the Wells Family Foundation. In 2006, Tom initiated and funded the Wells Family Scholarship Fund through the Wells Family Foundation and through personal contributions. More than 170 students have received Wells Family Scholarships at MCTC—many of whom are first-generation college students, low-income students or students of color. These students have demonstrated their academic success, with average GPAs of 3.5 and with retention rates that exceed college averages.

Many students have let the College and the Wells family know of their gratitude, including Nunay, who stated, “You have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on learning, maintaining my GPA and completing my degree at MCTC. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.”

MCTC will begin offering scholarships through the Thomas B. Wells Endowed Family Scholarship Fund in fall semester of 2014.

Gear Up, Give to the Max, Help MCTC Students!

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Give to the Max on Nov. 14!The MCTC Foundation, together with GiveMN.org—a first-of-its-kind giving website for nonprofits in Minnesota—is working to create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota. For the fifth year, the MCTC Foundation will be raising money on Give to the Max Day. This year, proceeds will go to the food shelf in MCTC’s Resource and Referral Center, so students in need can focus on school rather than their hunger.

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In addition, your gift will be doubled! On Give to the Max Day, the MCTC Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all donations up to $5,000.

MCTC works to ensure that all students have the financial assistance and educational support necessary to access the extraordinary educational experience at MCTC. Your gift on Give to the Max Day will assist us in delivering on this promise to our students.

Don’t miss your chance to maximize your gift on Give to the Max Day. Donate here on Nov. 14!