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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—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!

Maxine Nathanson, MCTC Foundation Board Member and Advocate for Community and Technical College Education, Passes Away

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Maxine Nathanson, long-time board member of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Foundation, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11 at age 89. Nathanson played an important role in advocating for educational access for Minneapolis youth and adults over a period spanning six decades. Read more…

3rd Annual Power of Giving Fundraising Luncheon

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 by insidemctc 2 Comments

Power of Giving 2011On May 19, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation held its 3rd Annual Power of Giving Fundraising Luncheon. The event was a tremendous success! Nearly 300 people attended and the Foundation raised $75,000 for scholarships, programs and emergency grants. The outpouring of support by individuals and businesses  was outstanding.

All-USA Academic Team members

All-USA Academic Team members Geoff Dittberner, Aaron Spiegel and DJ Sule with Raul Ramos (Chancellor's Office) and MCTC President Phil Davis.

At the event, we took the opportunity to recognize MCTC’s All-USA Academic Team award recipients. The All-USA Academic Team award is one of the most prestigious honors provided to community and technical college students nationally. Only 20 students are selected each year nation-wide. MCTC has had five students who have been named to the All-USA Academic Team.

As much as we wanted to communicate to our audience the need for support, we also wanted show them that MCTC is a place where students can receive a high quality education.

Guests also heard several touching stories of MCTC students who benefited from strangers stepping up to lend their support through financial contributions. That support makes all the difference.

Many people commented after the event on how impressed they were with MCTC and its students. We are grateful for the support and thrilled to have many new friends. We could not have accomplished what we did at this event without the generosity of so many.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

Career Ready Scholarship Winners

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

This past summer the MCTC’s Foundation and Career Services were approached by an alumnus with a check for $500 and a great idea to help prepare students professionally. The thought was to offer a  $500 scholarship to students who participated in professional development learning opportunities. The Foundation agreed to help with the creation of a scholarship contest focused on professional development and also matched the $500 scholarship making it possible to have two winners.

To qualify for entry into the contest students needed to be in good academic standing. Students were required to participate in two workshops – resume writing and interview skill building. Those who completed the workshops provided by MCTC’s Career Services then needed to submit the resume they completed in the resume writing workshop. The resumes were reviewed by the Career Ready Scholarship Review Committee to determine who would make it to the final round. The final round was a networking session followed by mock interviews with the Review Committee members. The scholarship process proved to be a rigorous one but it truly paid off for all students who participated.

Twelve students made it to the final round. Many of them commented that they had learned so much through the process and felt much more prepared professionally. One student said, “Scholarship or no scholarship I already feel like I have won.” This sentiment was shared among all of the participants.

Giovanna Nido

Ritty Samreth

Each of the 12 students was interviewed three times. It was apparent that the interview skill building workshop really prepared them for this step. When the interviews concluded the committee members convened to determine the two scholarship recipients. After thoughtful consideration the committee chose two students whose resumes and interviews stood out among the rest: Ritty Samreth, whose career goal is to be an actuary and Giovanna Nido, who is studying photography and dreams of having her own photography business one day.

These two students truly earned the scholarship. They are grateful for all that they learned and for the money to help further their education. Giovanna says, “Each step of the process was both well defined and

invaluable. It taught me the proper way to prepare a resume and for a job interview. I want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to compete for this scholarship and look forward to reinvesting it into my education.”

Like Giovanna, Ritty feels much more prepared professionally, “I feel the scholarship was a bonus. The information and insights acquired during this process are invaluable. I’ve acquired an advantage. I’ve increased the probability of greater opportunities and ultimately a better future.”