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Macomb Community College Donor Scholarship Luncheon celebrates new funding and student impact

– Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:00PM

More than $420,000 in scholarships awarded so far this academic year

The Macomb Community College Foundation’s annual Donor Scholarship Luncheon celebrated the strong community support that makes a growing number of student scholarships possible. So far this academic year, more than $420,000 has been awarded in scholarships to approximately 400 Macomb students. Part of this significant increase from last year’s awards is due to the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation scholarships, which provided one 2017 graduating senior from each public high school in Macomb County the opportunity to attend Macomb full-time with a scholarship for two years covering tuition, fees, books and educational expenses.

Approximately 140 donors, students and college representatives attended the April 25 event held at the Macomb University Center on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. Through their contributions, donors support Macomb scholarship programs and numerous other critical educational and operational goals of the college.

“We annually bring together those who give in many ways with those who benefit from that giving,” said James O. Sawyer IV, president, Macomb Community College. “Our donors are not only making individual dreams come true by funding scholarships and other priorities; they are helping individuals position themselves for sustainable wage jobs in meaningful career pathways. In their ability to support themselves, the students, in turn, are supporting our community’s economic vitality and resiliency.”

Gary and Marlene Schafer, parents of the late Eric Michael Schafer and creators of the Eric Michael Schafer Memorial Endowed Fund for Culinary Arts Competition spoke about why they wanted to give other students the same experience that so motivated their son.

Gary and Marlene Schafer

Gary and Marlene Schafer

“We witnessed the growth of Eric and his love of cooking,” said Gary Schafer. “We saw his self-esteem rise as he continued to grow and learn. We give credit to the outstanding culinary program at Macomb and the staff that made it possible. He had taken other classes, but when he got involved in the culinary program, the light bulb went on.”

Glenn McDonald, 30 of Emmett, was the recipient of the Humane Society of Macomb Veterinary Technician Scholarship and the Mulben Memorial Endowment Scholarship. A first-year student in the veterinary technician program, McDonald shared his personal story and how the scholarships he received are helping him reach his goals.

Glenn McDonald

Glenn McDonald

“The scholarships meant everything to me,” said McDonald. “Our finances had taken a downturn and I was afraid I was going to have to withdraw. The scholarships have given me the opportunity to follow my passion and dreams.”

McDonald, who plans to graduate May 2019, hopes to start at a small animal practice and ultimately open a rescue facility to rehabilitate and foster animals with the goal of returning them to the wild or finding them good homes.

New scholarships announced at the luncheon include:

  • Tiage Julian Carey Endowed Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Tiage Julian Corey and provides financial support to Macomb students studying automotive technology.
  • The Leslie and Del Corey Family Endowed Scholarship for Veteran and Military Services – Established in memory of Del Corey, a Macomb employee for 30 years and Army veteran, and provides financial assistance to veteran and military students.
  • First State Bank Scholarship for Foster Students – Established to assist foster students in accomplishing their educational goals.
  • Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship – Established to provide financial support to students actively pursuing a degree or certification through the skilled trades program.
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Student Leadership Organization Endowed Scholarship – Established by the OTA student organization to assist other OTA students in achieving their academic and professional goals.
  • The Veterans of the United States Scholarship for Children or Spouses of Deceased Military or Veterans – Established for veterans of the United States or for the spouses or children of deceased military members or veterans.
  • Humane Society of Macomb Veterinary Technician Scholarship – Established to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the veterinary technician program.
  • Macomb Community College IT Programs Scholarship – Established by Dennis and Jolene Shrake and provides assistance to students enrolled in any IT program at Macomb Community College.
  • Shelby Engineering Solutions Scholarship – Established to assist engineering and advanced technology students.

New program funds include:

  • Health and Human Service Program Fund – Established by First State Bank and to be used at the discretion of the dean, Health and Public Services, to support the greatest needs of the area.
  • Public Services Program Fund – Established to be used to support the greatest needs of this area.
  • Macombers Program Fund – Established to support the greatest needs of the college’s show choir.
  • Prosperity Reaches into Southern Macomb (PRISM) Workforce Development Training Program --Established by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support upskilling of individuals in growing manufacturing fields.
  • Eric Michael Schafer Memorial Endowed Fund for Culinary Arts Competition –Endowed fund to support culinary arts students and faculty in competing in culinary arts competitions locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information about supporting the college with a donation,  call the Macomb Community College Foundation at 586.445.7302 or email

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 ( 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: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,