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Macomb Community College luncheon brings scholarship recipients together with donors who made scholarships possible

– Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00AM

Event also recognized the creation of nine new scholarships

The Macomb Community College Foundation hosted a luncheon on April 23 to bring scholarship recipients together with the donors who made the scholarships possible and recognize the creation of nine new scholarships created over the past year. The foundation generates and manages private financial support for the educational purposes and objectives of the college.

The luncheon, held on the college’s South Campus in Warren, was attended by more than 115 people, including about 30 scholarship recipients and 50 donors to new and existing scholarship funds at Macomb.

Elizabeth Powell of Warren, this year’s recipient of the Keith and Vuriel Kohlmann Phi Theta Kappa Memorial Endowed Award, which provides support to students of Macomb’s honor society, provided a student’s perspective on the importance of scholarships. Powell, who is finishing up three associate degrees, said it is important for donors to know that “these scholarships are so meaningful to the students at Macomb.”  She said scholarship was “invaluable” to her as she was unable to qualify for other kinds of financial aid even though paying for college was a challenge.  

In the fall, Powell plans to transfer to Oakland University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and then earn a master’s degree in post-secondary administration and organizational leadership at University of Detroit-Mercy.  Powell said she hopes eventually to teach at the college level.   

Holly Page Kunick, whose family established the new Lawrence C. Page Sr. Endowed Scholarship, told attendees that the scholarship honors her late father’s belief in the power of education to transform lives.  Kunick is a Macomb alumna who went on to be a teacher. Page, an electrical contractor and entrepreneur, was the founder and owner of Harrison Township-based Electrex Industrial Solutions Inc. The scholarship is for Macomb County students enrolled in Macomb’s electric engineering technology program.

The other Macomb Community College scholarships created during the 2014-2015 academic year were:

  • Barton Malow Scholarship and Internship Award, which provides financial support and a chance for a full-time paid internship to a student studying in a construction-related field.
  • Carol McLaughlin Career Scholarship, for students enrolled in a two-year program that enables the student to begin a career after completion.
  • Encore Capital Group Scholarship, a need-based scholarship for students who are enrolled at least half time and maintain a minimum GPA 2.0 each semester of award.
  • Nursing Mentorship Scholarship, which supports a nursing student and also provides a mentorship from a seasoned registered nurse.
  • Paul Strong Macomb Scholarship, created by the Warren Astronomical Society to assist students majoring in science.
  • Road to Success Scholarship Fund, for students who have experienced a personal challenge or have served in the military.
  • Senior Coordinating Aging Network Macomb Scholarship, which assists three students annually (one every term) in Macomb’s certified nursing assistant program.
  • Shirley Glass Endowed Accounting Scholarship, created by long-time faculty member Shirley Glass to help students pursuing education in the field of accounting.

Diane Hall, public outreach chair for the Warren Astronomical Society, noted that the group wanted “to do something that would connect us more strongly to Macomb,” which provides space for monthly meetings on the college’s South Campus. By creating the scholarship, she said, society members were able to give back to Macomb in a way that also honors long-time society member Paul Strong, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the college.

Including those created in the past year, Macomb now offers 161 scholarships, of which 84 are endowed, meaning that they are funded to serve students in perpetuity. Over the past year, the college has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 316 students.  For more information about scholarships available to Macomb Community College students, visit this link or call 586.445.7228

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 by community colleges.  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: James Melton, 586.445.7271, meltonj@macomb.edu