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Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation awards $360,000 for Macomb Community College scholarships

– Monday, April 17, 2017 12:00AM

Donation will cover full tuition, books and fees for one student for two years from each of the 30 public high schools in Macomb County

The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation has awarded $360,000 to the Macomb Community College Foundation to fund two-year scholarships to the college for one student from each of Macomb County’s 30 public high schools. The scholarships are designed to fund 100 percent of the estimated annual cost of tuition, fees and additional educational expenses, providing $3,000 per semester -- for a total value of up to $12,000.    

“The Wood Scholarship Fund provides an incredible opportunity for motivated and deserving students that eliminates the ability to afford college as a barrier to attendance,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “These generous scholarships are an investment in our community’s greatest asset -- young people who are determined to position themselves for a successful future.”

Each Macomb County high school will be responsible for soliciting and reviewing applications from their graduating seniors, choosing the winning candidate and notifying the Macomb Community College Foundation of their selection by May 1, 2017.  

To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a graduating senior from a public high school in Macomb County,
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 at the time of their high school graduation,
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, employer, counselor or mentor,
  • Submit a 250-word (minimum) essay about their educational goals, financial need and how the scholarship will make a difference, and,
  • Show proof of acceptance at Macomb Community College.

Scholarship recipients must attend Macomb Community College full time (12 credit hours or more) and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

About the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation

The Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation is a private, charitable foundation established through the wills of the late Kathy Wood and her husband, the late Jerry Wood.  The primary scope of the foundation is to aid and assist in charitable activities for the moral, mental, intellectual and physical development of American youth; establish or provide scholarships for deserving young U.S. citizens to attend American educational institutions; and found, assist, equip or provide for the maintenance of institutions or associations for the advancement of learning in the United States.

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 educational purposes and objectives of the college.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 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: Jeanne Nicol, 586.445.7204, nicolj@macomb.edu