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MCTC Scholarship Recipients and Donors Honored

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

ScholarshipBreakfast2014-200The MCTC Foundation held its 11th annual Scholarship Breakfast for students who received Foundation scholarships in the last year and the donors who made those scholarships possible. More than 200 students applied for these scholarships, and this year the Foundation will grant more than $300,000 in scholarships. The MCTC Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in the last five years in grants, Power of YOU scholarships and emergency funding.

“I am honored to have been involved with the College for as long as I have,” said MCTC Board President Harry Davis, Jr. “When I attended this school in the 60s—back then, it was known as Metropolitan State Junior College—this was a nontraditional school for nontraditional students.” Davis took classes taught by one of the College’s most foundational contributors: Earl Bowman. “Earl Bowman was the first African-American teacher I’d ever had,” he said.

Five scholarship recipients spoke at the event. “When you’re a father, a grandfather and a college student all at the same time, you may feel like you have many reasons to drop out of school,” said MCTC Liberal Arts student and Nadia and Louis Najarro Smith Scholarship recipient Juan Morales. “Thanks to the trust of Nadia and Louis, I’ll be able to succeed.”

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 didn’t speak any 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.

“I really appreciate that you believed in me,” said Nardos Legamo, MCTC Nursing student, former ESOL student and recipient of the Srok Scholarship.

“This is my favorite, and most inspiring, event of the year,” said Reede Webster, executive director of the MCTC Foundation. “These scholarships were part of MnSCU’s comprehensive Access to Excellence Scholarship Campaign, which has raised over $17 million so far for student scholarships and is 74 percent ahead of its first year goal of $10 million.”

“The theme I’m seeing in this year’s Scholarship Breakfast is generosity,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “As we approach Thanksgiving and take this opportunity to be grateful, we also want to thank the donors who generously made these scholarships available.”

Morales used Minnesota winters to describe how helpful a scholarship can be: “If there’s a big snowstorm and you have to clear your driveway before you can get somewhere, sometimes all you have is a tiny little shovel, and it’s really difficult to get anywhere,” he said. “But if someone comes by with a big truck and plows your driveway for you, it’s so much easier to keep moving forward with your life.”

The MCTC Foundation will accept scholarship applications for the spring 2015 semester until Nov. 26. Click here to explore scholarship options.

Photo, from left to right: MCTC Board President Harry Davis, Jr., Kopp Presidential Scholar Nathan Place, Kopp Presidential Scholar Frances Emberly, Srok Memorial Scholar Nardos Legamo, Najarro Smith Dream Act Scholar Juan Morales, Power of YOU Scholar Antonio Hunt and Interim MCTC President Avelino Mills-Novoa.

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.

Click here to donate!

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!