Scholarships support student dreams.
At its 2022 Donor Scholarship Luncheon, the Macomb Community College Foundation recognized donors whose generous contributions have made an ever-growing number of scholarships available this year for current and incoming students at Macomb.
Approximately 140 donors, students and college representatives attended the event, which was held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on the college’s central campus in Clinton Township.
“It is through the generosity of our donors who provide the scholarships that truly make a difference to our students who otherwise might not be able to attend college,” said James Sawyer IV, President of the Macomb Community College in a press release.
The college awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships in its most recent fiscal year, July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, to more than 400 Macomb students. Beyond scholarship programs, contributions to the foundation also support program funds, including arts and culture, that advance the college’s mission of education, enrichment, and economic development.
“Macomb Community College is a very special place,” Sawyer said. “Our students come with all kinds of life stories and experiences and your support is essential to their success. Otherwise, many would not be able to achieve their goals, and I can’t thank you enough for that. »
Among those who spoke at the event was Debbie Osaer, who along with her family established the Laura K. Osaer, DO Memorial Endowed Scholarship for the Sciences.
“At 25, Laura was in her final year of medical school at Michigan State University and was looking forward to a career that would allow her to do what she did best – helping others. Like all of us, Laura had dreams. and goals she wanted to accomplish,” Osaer said. “It’s important to not focus on the future that was lost, but on the lessons of caring and giving to others that she showed us. “
Osaer introduced Elise Radzioch, 19, of Sterling Heights, recipient of the scholarship established in memory of her daughter. Radzioch is working to complete the prerequisites for a bachelor’s degree in optometry at Macomb. She plans to graduate from Macomb in the spring of 2023 and transfer to Ferris State University to pursue a doctorate in optometry.
Student lecturer, Charlie Havern, 26, of Sterling Heights, earned an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate from Macomb in May 2020 and is continuing at Macomb to prepare for the national licensing exam paramedical practice. A firefighter with the Chesterfield Fire Department, Havern is the recipient of the Chief Gerald B. Alward Scholarship for the Fire Academy.
Havern discovered his passion for firefighting while working in the kitchen of a cruise ship departing from Hawaii. After training as a shipboard firefighter, he returned home to Macomb to be closer to his parents and 11 siblings while undergoing EMT training and launching a new career.
“I cannot explain the honor it is to receive the Chief Gerald B. Alward Fellowship,” said Havern. “Talking to Chief Alward on Zoom before he passed made me realize that I wasn’t starting my career too late and it was the right thing for me. Finally, the right career at the right time, and he knew it also for me.
Other new scholarships announced at the luncheon include:
• Elaine Belich Memorial Culinary Bursary – Established in memory of Elaine Belich for students attending Macomb Culinary Institute who are facing financial hardship.
• Dental Science Scholarship Fund and Dental Science Program Fund – Established to meet the needs of the dental science program and Macomb students.
• Leader Foundry – Established to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in applied, automotive, climate control technology and apprenticeship programs at Macomb.
• Macomb Student Immediate Relief Fund – Established to help with financial hardship faced by Macomb students, including tuition fees and other immediate needs.
• William and Lesley Metz Memorial Scholarship – This endowed scholarship is intended to recognize students who have achieved or have academic potential in an academic field who are enrolled in a credit program at Macomb.
• Thomas R. Mill Memorial Scholarship – Established to continue Mill’s legacy of firefighting, EMS and police training in Macomb.
• Arlington E. Pullins Memorial Nursing Scholarship – Designed to assist students who wish to pursue a number of artistic disciplines. Open to students pursuing a degree in Oral Communication, Humanities or Social Sciences.
• Willa J. Pullins Memorial Scholarship in Nursing – Established to provide scholarship to students enrolled in Macomb’s nursing program.
• Tom “Wakes” Waelchli Memorial Baseball Scholarship – In memory of Coach Wakes to continue his legacy and passion for the Macomb baseball program through student-athlete scholarships.
• Denise Williams Professional Development Fund – Established for the professional development and growth of Macomb Community College employees.
For more information on MCC scholarships, visit macomb.edu