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Xcel Energy Foundation Gives $30,000 to MCTC Foundation for Scholarships

Posted on: June 30th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments
Xcel Energy Foundation

Nasreen Mohamed, Ayan Aware (Power of YOU student), Jeff Custer of Xcel Energy, Dan Brasch, MCTC President Phil Davis, Paul Adelmann of Xcel Energy

The Xcel Energy Foundation recently donated $30,000 to the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation for Power of YOU scholarships. The Power of YOU program provides two years of free college to low‐income high school graduates of Minneapolis and St. Paul public and charter schools.

The Xcel Energy Foundation is a founding funder of the Power of YOU, a program that has tripled the enrollment of recent urban high school graduates enrolling at MCTC and its partner institutions. Overall, the program has had a significant impact on increasing student success and graduation rates, compared to data from similar student groups prior to the Power of YOU program.

Xcel Energy supports programs that enhance and improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering, economics and math. In their current round of grants, 48 programs received $570,500 in funding to support programs for students from kindergarten through college.

“The Xcel Energy Foundation has been a tremendous partner for the Power of You and we are very appreciative of their generosity,” said Reede Webster, executive director of the MCTC Foundation. “In five years, nearly 2000 students have been provided an opportunity to attend college through the Power of YOU program.”

Student Senate President Bradley Conley Receives MSCSA Leadership Scholarship

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Bradley T. Conley, President of MCTC’s Student Senate, was a recipient of a Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Leadership Scholarship at the 2011 MSCSA Leadership Scholarship Dinner on January 7. Senator Amy Klobuchar was a speaker at the event.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mara Brogan, a scholarship winner from Vermillion and Bradley Conley

Senator Amy Klobuchar; Mara Brogan, a scholarship winner from Vermillion, and Bradley Conley at the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship Dinner

Bradley says, “The scholarship is a tremendous honor and affirms my belief that a life dedicated to the betterment and empowerment of less privileged and those struggling with addiction has many rewards.” Bradley is working on his A.S. degree in Addiction Counseling.

The Leadership Scholarship builds a partnership between students, alumni, and friends of MSCSA to support student leaders across Minnesota. The scholarship rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and their academic achievement. Scholarship winners serve their community in many ways–everything from mentoring Head Start students to organizing youth groups to volunteering as a translator. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others.

Bradley’s work with the community has been extensive. He is the MCTC Student Representative with the Citizens for a Loring Park Community. He serves as the Metro West Region Representative for MSCSA. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) Ethics Committee. Bradley is the founder of Integrated Minnesota Partnership for Addiction Counselors of Tomorrow (IMPACT) and a former President of MCTC’s Addiction Counseling Club.

Congratulations, Bradley!

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.”