There are students who desperately want a college education, but who simply cannot get ahead without financial assistance.
— Diane L. Shoger & Timothy M. Coughlin; Diane and Tim made their gift in honor of Diane’s retirement as executive director of the MCC Foundation in August 2017 in Rochester, New York.

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I want to be someone: an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a community advocate. When I got the call that I received the scholarship, I was amazed and thought, ‘This is really happening!’ The Farash Foundation has changed my world.
— Ayriona Winston, Farash Foundation First in Family Scholar who studies business administration and political science at MCC.

Established in 2012 by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the Farash Foundation First in Family Scholarship at Monroe Community College enables students from Monroe and Ontario counties who are the first in their family to attend college to graduate debt-free. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, housing, board and other expenses to help students focus on their studies. Past Farash Scholars have successfully transferred to four-year colleges in the Greater Rochester area.

 

 
I want to be successful in school and start a career that will help others. The Wentworth Family Scholarship is helping me do just that.
— MaNh Nguyen, The Wentworth Family Scholarship inspires students like Manh to set ambitious goals. Originally from Vietnam, Manh's dream is to become a nurse practitioner.
 
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Starting at MCC prepared me for RIT. The scholarship allowed me to focus on college and earn good grades.
— Kyrren Love, Computing and information technology major, member of MCC’s first cohort of 1+3 RIT Transfer Connect Scholars.
 

 
Receiving support from Dreamkeepers changed my life.
— Timothy McKnight

Timothy McKnight received a Dreamkeepers grant that kept him in school and on track to graduate. In 2015, MCC was the first college in Upstate New York to join Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers network. Dreamkeepers at MCC provides emergency financial assistance, in the form of micro grants, to students facing unforeseen financial hardship. Dreamkeepers grants of up to $500 are awarded to help students with emergencies, such as unexpected expenses related to childcare, food, housing, medical and dental, program supplies, transportation, etc. MCC’s participation in Dreamkeepers was made possible by a lead gift from MCC alumni Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth.

 
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SAVE FOR SUCCESS

Save for Success was launched in 2014 by MCC, ESL Federal Credit Union and PathStone Corporation to make higher education more affordable for low-income and disadvantaged members of our community. The program provides students who save $375 with an 8-to-1 matching grant toward their education, as well as financial and life-skills counseling. MCC Foundation supporters helped secure a $200,000 Assets for Independence grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make the program possible. Other supporters have joined in to keep this inspiring program available to students—many of whom are applying their matching education grants to help cover tuition and expenses at MCC this academic year.

$100,000

DiMarco Group, LLC

 

$70,000

Duda Family Foundation/Jane ’72 & Zeke Duda

 

$50,000

Louis S. And Molly B. Wolk Foundation

$32,200

Cynthia & Wayne Gilman

 

$25,000

Mary & George Bauer
Bob & Chris Latella
Estate of Jan Z. Wiranowski

$15,000

The Community Foundation

 

$7,500

Mr. Richard A. Kaplan

 

$5,000

José & Karen Corona

$4,400

PathStone Corporation

 

FACULTY GRANTS

MCC offers a dynamic learning environment where excellent academics and innovative teaching approaches empower students to achieve their goals. The MCC Foundation awarded more than $20,000 in grants to the following MCC faculty and staff in order to take the student learning experience to the next level in 2016-2017.

EOP SUMMER INSTITUTE 2017 – ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND BOOKS - $5,000

Brenda Smith, Educational Opportunity Program

The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to combine access, academic support and supplemental financial assistance to make higher education possible for students who have the potential to succeed, despite poor preparation and limited financial resources. 

 

DISNEY SITE VISIT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - $835

Anne Hughes, Career Services

MCC has participated in the Disney College Program since 1982 and since its inception over 2,200 students have participated in this experiential opportunity.

 

WELLNESS PROMOTION SPEAKER SERIES AT MCC’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS - $870

Ambika Howell, Student Services – Downtown Campus

As we relocate to MCC’s Downtown Campus, it is imperative that the new Wellness Promotions Center plays a major role in promoting a healthy-lifestyle environment providing a positive impact on our students’ daily lives on campus and a direct impact on learning.

 

MEASUREMENT AND APPRECIATION OF FIRE SUPPRESSION HYDRAULIC FLOWS - $3,500

Marc Connolly, Public Safety Training Center

This flow meter device will incorporate high impact practices (HIP) in the Fire Protection Technology program and move instruction from traditional theory-based classroom knowledge to higher levels of learning.

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES MURAL PROJECT - $1,760

Gale Lynch, Global Education & International Services

High-impact practices of service-learning, collaborative learning, and diversity and global learning will be the focus of this project.

 

STUDENTs FOR THE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE (SEDS) - $3,253

John Wadach, Engineering Science and Physics

The overall goal of this project is to create and facilitate a new interdisciplinary STEM project team that will establish an MCC student chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) international organization.

 

MCC PUBLIC SAFETY BIKE PATROL - $3,585

Katie Ferguson, Public Safety

Bike patrols on campus are a sustainable way of providing safety and emergency services. Reduction in fuel costs and more personal interactions are two big advantages.

 

SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES & PHYSICAL WELLNESS (HSPW) ADVISEMENT INSTITUTE - $2,070

Krista Tyner, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

The School of Health Sciences and Physical Wellness in collaboration with the departments of Health and Physical Education, Health Professions, and Nursing will host an advisement institute focused on developing advisement skills and knowledge needed to support HSPW students.

MCC FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL GRANTS COMMITTEE 2016-2017

Andrea Wade, chair

David Boni

Tokeya Graham

Mike Krupnicki

Cindy Langston

John Lovenheim

Joe Marchese

Ron Mead

Remegia Mitchell, ex-officio

Heather Pierce

Louis Silvers

Lisa Fluman, Foundation liaison

Susan Gurak, Foundation liaison