Macomb Community College Foundation reception recognizes donors and scholarship recipients

– Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00AM

The Macomb Community College Foundation hosted its first-ever scholarship reception on April 15, connecting scholarship recipients with the donors who made the scholarships possible.

Donors representing more than 30 Macomb scholarship funds and 27 scholarship recipients attended the reception.  Macomb Community College Board of Trustee vice chair Christine Bonkowski, who also represented the Ronald L. and Christine Bonkowski Scholarship, and trustees Frank Cusumano and Joseph DeSantis also attended.

“Receiving a scholarship lessened the financial burden on my family and me,” said Eastpointe resident Kia Davis, Macomb student, scholarship recipient and mother of three, who spoke on behalf of scholarship recipients.  Davis is planning to become an elementary school teacher with a specialization in mathematics. “Because of the scholarship, I was able to devote more time to my studies.  Thank you to all the donors who, through their generosity, have helped students like me.”

Macomb Community College President Jim Jacobs noted that the reception provided an opportunity for students to personally thank the donors and for the donors to witness the impact their financial support has had.

“I am honored to celebrate Macomb’s scholarship donors, whose generosity is supporting the education of individuals, and Macomb’s scholarship recipients, who are actively engaged in developing their futures, pursuing education to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves, their families, and, in the end, our community,” said Jacobs.

Macomb offers more than 100 scholarship funds, 73 of which represent endowed scholarships, which are funds that will serve students in perpetuity.  Last year, Macomb awarded $100,000 in scholarships, and, it is expected that this will rise more than $180,000 this year.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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