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Help MCTC Students in Need on Give to the Max Day Nov. 12

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Juan, MCTC

Juan, MCTC student and scholarship recipient.

On Nov. 12, Give to the Max Day, the MCTC Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all donations up to $5,000.

“When you’re a father, a grandfather and a college student all at the same time—like me—you may feel like you have many reasons to drop out of school,” said Liberal Arts student and MCTC Foundation Scholarship recipient Juan Morales. “Thanks to the trust and generosity of people at MCTC, I’ll be able to succeed.”

MCTC welcomes students like Juan—students who have lived life, started families and come back to get a degree—as well as students right out of or still in high school. Many of our students benefit from the kindness and generosity of the greater college community—from people who have paid forward to help future generations of Minnesotans.

MCTC welcomes students like Juan—students who have lived life, started families and come back to get a degree—as well as students right out of or still in high school. Many of our students benefit from the kindness and generosity of the greater college community—from people who have paid forward to help future generations of the Minnesota economic and cultural workforce.

“If there’s a snowstorm and all you have in order to clear your driveway is a tiny shovel, it’s really difficult to get anywhere,” said Juan. “But if someone comes by with a truck and plows your driveway for you, it’s so much easier to keep moving forward with your life.”

Your gift clears the way for student success.

The MCTC Foundation, together with, is working to create opportunities for Minnesotans in need. Dollars raised during MCTC’s 2015 Give to the Max campaign will help provide emergency needs for MCTC students. This could include books, supplies, transportation, childcare —any cost that may hinder a student from staying in school. Best of all, you’re not doing this alone: the MCTC Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all donations up to $5,000.

Please don’t miss your chance to maximize your gift on Give to the Max Day. Donate on Nov 12 or schedule your donation now, and be the difference in the life of a student in need.

MCTC Student Receives Full-Ride Transfer Scholarship

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Jack Kent Cooke scholarship logoMCTC Liberal Arts student Sara Osman was one of 90 students nationwide selected from 2,000 applicants to receive a full Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The scholarship provides up to $40,000 a year for up to three years of undergraduate studies. It’s designated for community college sophomores who demonstrate financial need. The foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students since 2000.

Osman will transfer to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall to study global and African American studies.

“I feel blessed,” she said. “I’m ready for the next chapter to start.”

“She’s very special and is the kind of person who says ‘I’m never going to get it until I try,’” said Political Science Instructor Miki Huntington, who wrote Osman a letter of recommendation for her application.

Osman served as president of the MCTC Muslim Student Association and completed the Race in America: Then and Now class. She plans to use the skills she learned to eventually go to law school and teach English abroad.

“I want to help people wherever my talents are needed,” she said.

MCTC Student Receives World Citizen Award and Scholarship

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC student Modou Jaw, World Citizen Award and scholarship recipientMCTC Mathematics student Modou Jaw is one of only 20 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award recipients within the Minnesota State College and Universities system.

Nominated by philosophy instructor Matthew Palombo, Student Life Director Tara Martinez and Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane, the award recognizes students who have the qualities and characteristics of a world citizen.

“He embodies what it means to be a global citizen,” Palombo said. “He possesses the knowledge and skills needed to put complex things together.”

22-year-old Jaw grew up in Gambia and moved to Minnesota in 2009 to pursue an education. One of his goals is to bring people of different cultures and races together and unite them.

“As we see the world, there’s so much violence going on and there’s so much misunderstanding,” he said.

Jaw recently spoke at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference in Minneapolis on global issues such as the Islamic State and Ebola. He plans to graduate from MCTC in the spring of 2015 and transfer to the University of St. Thomas or the University of Minnesota.

Abbot Downing Awards Inaugural Scholarship Recipient

Posted on: September 6th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Thomas Stenslie, recent graduate of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), is the inaugural recipient of the Abbot Downing Scholarship. Stenslie was awarded an annual renewable scholarship for $2,500 to complete his bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University.

Abbot Downing, a Wells Fargo business, will provide up to two scholarships annually for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Metropolitan State University after completing two years at either Saint Paul College or Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Stenslie will begin coursework at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minn. this fall, majoring in business administration, with an anticipated graduation date of 2015. While attending MCTC, he was a member of the dean’s list. A native of Wahpeton, N.D., Stenslie lives in Minneapolis, where he works as an auditor at RIS Inventory Services.

“Part of Abbot Downing’s mission is to attract and develop talented teams of people who demonstrate integrity, wisdom, and passion for great work,” said Jim Steiner, president of Abbot Downing. “Through the Abbot Downing Scholarship program we are able to connect with students who display these characteristics and invest in their future. We’re excited about our partnership with Metropolitan State, which has a strong business program and offers students affordability and flexibility to pursue higher education.”

President of Metropolitan State University Sue Hammersmith said, “I congratulate our partners at Abbot Downing for the vision reflected in their creation of the Abbot Downing Scholarship. This kind of private-sector engagement and support for students while they are preparing for their careers is an important and growing trend in public higher education. Abbot Downing’s example of outreach to promising students is the kind of innovation that enables Metropolitan State to continue to be ‘Where Life and Learning Meet.’”

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.  Applications for fall 2014 may be submitted starting in early 2014 at

Abbot Downing, with $34 billion in client assets and a 40-year history serving ultra-high-net-worth clients, is part of Wells Fargo’s Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement group, a leading U.S. wealth manager, with $1.4 trillion in client assets.

Abbot Downing services clients in all 50 states through offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Naples, Jacksonville, and Palm Beach. Wells Fargo launched the Abbot Downing brand on April 2, 2012, combining two Wells Fargo businesses: the original Abbot Downing built the iconic stagecoaches that have come to represent Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all their customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Student Receives MSCSA Leadership Scholarship

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

ImageMinneapolis Community and Technical College student Carlos Rodrigo Vazquez received the Fall 2012 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Leadership Scholarship. Seven students attending Minnesota State Colleges and Universities throughout the state were awarded the merit-based scholarship as recognition of their exemplary community and campus leadership in addition to maintaining a superb GPA throughout their academic career. Each recipient will receive $650 toward his or her tuition for the fall 2012 semester.

“The MSCSA scholarship means a lot to me because it is helping me get closer to my educational goal,” Vazquez said. “I am very thankful to the donors who make this scholarship available/possible, and I know that eventually I will be one of them. I would love to give and support my community because my community gave and supported me when I needed it.”

The six additional student recipients are: Gordon Craft-Inver Hills Community College, Gabriel Hall- Southeast Technical College-Winona, Brian Liebeg- Inver Hills Community College, Jamie Medas- Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids, Shahalo Seidmedova-Saint Cloud State University and Danielle Swanson-Southeast Technical College-Red Wing.

More information about the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship, including application materials and deadlines is available at

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.