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Macomb Community College luncheon brings scholarship recipients together with donors who fund scholarships and programs

– Monday, May 9, 2016 12:00AM

Event also recognized the creation of 16 new scholarships and six new program-related funds

The Macomb Community College Foundation hosted a luncheon on April 26 to bring scholarship recipients together with the donors who made the scholarships possible and to recognize 16 new scholarships and six program-related funds created over the past year.  

The luncheon, held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township, was attended by more than 150 people, including about 30 scholarship recipients and more than 100 donors to new and existing scholarship and program-related funds at Macomb.  The college has awarded more than $330,000 in private scholarships to almost 400 students so far for 2015/2016 academic year.

Macomb hospitality management student Nicole Clarke of Warren, this year’s recipient of The Road to Success Scholarship, shared her perspective on the importance of scholarships. She said the scholarship, which is awarded to students who have experienced a personal challenge or have served in the military, allowed her to fund her education without having to borrow from family and friends, and even allowed her to save some money.

“It’s something I was never expecting, and it’s built my confidence,” Clarke said.

As a part-time student, Clarke said she expects to graduate Macomb in May 2019. After that, she plans to transfer to Madonna University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management. Clarke wants to work in hotels and resorts, planning events and possibly training other employees. 

Donor Carol McLaughlin, who endowed the Carol McLaughlin Career Scholarship in 2014, said she created the scholarship in large part because of her experience as a student at Macomb. The scholarship, which had four recipients this year, helps students in associate degree programs such as welding, machining, design, robotics and mechatronics  that provide graduates with direct entry to a career. Special consideration is given to applicants who have had involvement in beautification or environmental projects.

“I wanted to help students who are at the community college level, enabling them to get a degree, and begin a career without having to go on to a four-year school and accumulate debt,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin earned an associate degree from Macomb, which led to a career in financial management for the Shelby Township resident. She is a long-time volunteer for the Shelby Township Beautification Committee and an advocate for beautification and environmental projects.

Macomb Community College scholarships created during the 2015-2016 academic year were:

  • AAFMCC Adjunct Family Scholarship, for family members of Association of Adjunct Faculty of Macomb Community College members
  • AAFMCC Community Scholarship, for students from Macomb, St. Clair, Oakland or Wayne counties
  • Curtis A. Cryderman Memorial Scholarship, for students in the Macomb’s automotive technology program who have a passion for automobiles
  • Dr. Charles and Patricia Eisenman Family Endowed Scholarship, for liberal arts and sciences students
  • James and Beverly Datzi Scholarship, created by Beverly (Bev) Datzi, who worked at the college for 46 years in the counseling department at Macomb, to help full-time students achieve their educational goals
  • Jay Oklu & Lisa Spagnuolo Next Generation Endowed Scholarship, for students who are new citizens of the United States or permanent resident aliens of the United States
  • Kyle Kalousdian Fire Academy Memorial Endowed Scholarship, for Macomb Fire Academy students
  • Macomb Kennel Club Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship, for students enrolled in the veterinary technician program
  • Mulben Memorial Endowment Scholarship, for students returning to school and enrolled in the veterinary technician program
  • Robert J. Tegel Endowed Scholarship, for students enrolled in the applied technology and apprenticeship program
  • The Joey Claus Memorial Automotive Scholarship, for students in an automotive program
  • The Larry Fields Endowed Award in Respiratory Therapy, for respiratory therapy students
  • William “Billy” Bureau Memorial Scholarship, for students with financial need who wish to pursue careers in automotive technology
  • The Garden Party Foundation Trade School Scholarship, for skilled trades-related students.
  • Phyllis & Stanley Vicks Endowed Scholarship, available starting in the 2017/18 academic year for veterinary technician students
  • Thomas S. Welsh Scholarship, for students in arts and science who are interested in public service and/or political science

For more information about scholarships available to Macomb Community College students, visit this link or call 586.445.7302.

Program-related funds created during the 2015-2016 academic year were:

  • Sandra A. Studebaker Endowment Fund for Engineering & Advanced Technology: provides the Curtis A. Cryderman Scholarship annually and funding to support the greatest needs of engineering and advanced technology programs
  • Robert J. Tegel Pathway Fund for Engineering & Advanced Technology: promotes career pathways within engineering and advanced technology programs to youth highlighting/including manufacturing, design and skilled trades
  • Thomas S. Welsh Institute of Leadership: provides scholarships and support programs, projects and activities that otherwise would not be funded, including service learning, study abroad, mentoring and internship programs, along with local field trips and workshops
  • Delia Rendon Martin Family Endowment for the Culinary Institute: provides funding for the greatest needs of the Macomb Culinary Institute
  • Delia Rendon Martin Family Endowment for the College Cultural Center: provides funding for the greatest needs of the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center
  • Phyllis & Stanley Vicks Endowed Veterinary Program Fund: provides support for the greatest needs of the veterinary technician program

About the Macomb Community College Foundation
Established in 1999, the Macomb Community College Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that manages contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations for the for the educational purposes and objectives of the college. 

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( 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 and is 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: James Melton, 586.445.7271, 

Donor luncheon

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Speaking before a luncheon of Macomb Community College donors and scholarship recipients on April 26, Macomb Nicole Clarke of Warren, this year’s recipient of The Road to Success Scholarship, shared her perspective on the importance of scholarships.