Past Monthly Newsletters

January 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Cheers to an historic year for MCC Students

The past year certainly proved to be an empowering one. Thanks to you, we provided more than 900 scholarships to hardworking Monroe Community College students, including 16 new scholarship funds, helping them close the chasm between their available resources and the cost of tuition.

Under the leadership of MCC President DeAnna Burt-Nanna, we see the efforts our students make every day. With our collective, laser-like focus on student success, we are moving determinedly forward together to fostering a college-going culture across all ZIP codes of our community where everyone has an opportunity to benefit from MCC’s many innovative offerings and services to achieve. We are proud to have transferred $7.8 million to the College in support of programs, facilities and scholarships including a total of $105,375 in MCC Assist emergency grants awarded to 275 MCC students.

We are grateful that so many of you continued to include the Monroe Community College Foundation in your philanthropic giving plans, allowing us to provide our students with the resources they need to be successful.

Thank you for all that you do to support our students in their quest to succeed through your gifts to the Foundation. Our best to you for a happy and healthy 2024.

STAR POWER SCHOLARSHIP EMPOWERS EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR SINGLE STUDENT-PARENTS AT MCC

Millibel Cotto, Calvin Gantt, and Gretchen Wood

Millibel Cotto is one of this year’s recipients of the STAR Power Scholarship. This award supports single student-parents who are head of household and provides the necessary resources to help them cross the finish line to graduation. Millibel assists in the Teaching and Learning Department at the Rochester City School District and provides counseling and crisis intervention services at the School of the Arts.

Millibel (pictured right with Calvin Gantt and Gretchen Wood) was raised in Puerto Rico and was told at age 17 that her life was over when she became pregnant. She believed she had no chance for a future as an unemployed teen mom who is Latina and self-conscious about her English skills. She had lost her job and apartment in 2021 and had no income for months, often times not having enough food for herself and her two sons. She eventually was able to find a new job and was determined to support her children and further her education.

Millibel decided her next step would be to enroll at Monroe Community College. She felt as though her life turned around at that point. Millibel sought out various opportunities and benefits of attending MCC and received the STAR Power Scholarship as well as the Sara Furguson Scholarship that is designed to help students pursue their passion through their educational journey. With these extra support systems in place, she has been able to become a fully independent single mother. Millibel is expecting to graduate in Spring 2024 and continue with her career in helping students at the elementary school level. 

YOUR YEAR-END GIVING STATEMENT

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While we have sent individual receipts for your gifts as they were made, we also offer to make the tax preparation process a bit easier by supplying you with a Year-End Giving Statement. If you are interested in having a statement prepared, please contact Lisa Fluman (lfluman@monroecc.edu) at the MCC Foundation and we will be happy to do so. Thank you again for your generous support!

February 2024

STUDENTS IN THE WELDING AND FABRICATION INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THE VASANT N. ASGAONKAR SCHOLARSHIP

Jason Campbell and Alex Stoffelsma

Created in honor of Vasant Asgaonkar and his dedication to fostering the next generation of skilled tradespeople, the Vasant N. Asgaonkar Scholarship awards two scholarships of $2,500 each year to hard-working students in the Welding and Fabrication Industry Certification program. This program teaches the next generation of welders to have the relevant training necessary to get jobs in the exciting and rewarding field of welding. These scholarship recipients must demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in a welding career. This year's scholarship recipients are Alex Stoffelsma and Jason Campbell.

Alex (pictured top right) is a senior at West Irondequoit High School. He recently received honors for the National Technical Honor Society. He will begin the Welding and Fabrication program this fall and chose this field due to the many job opportunities that it will provide.

Jason (pictured top left) is an adult student, looking to start a new career path. Jason began taking classes in the spring semester and feels a sense of accomplishment and excitement each day he comes to class. He is grateful for this scholarship support that is helping him on this journey. It is a sign that he is right where he should be!

Thank you to Vasant Asgaonkar’s daughter and MCC Foundation Director, Lisa Paulis, and her husband, Richard, for making opportunities available for students like Alex and Jason!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 40TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP OPEN PRESENTED BY TOYOTA!

Monroe Community College Foundation 40th Anniversary Scholarship Open

The 40th Annual Scholarship Open will be held at The Country Club of Rochester on Monday, June 24, 2024. This is a sell-out event so do not delay in registering! Tournament Co-Chairs Ed Schuler ’81 and Billy Farmer, along with the Scholarship Open Committee, are planning an excellent day of golf in support of hardworking students at Monroe Community College.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit the Scholarship Open webpage. As always, thank you for your support of students at MCC!

AN EXTRA DAY TO CARE THIS YEAR

February 2024 Calendar

Would you like to take an extra step of care for Monroe Community College students? Leap into action by creating an estate plan and ensuring a lasting legacy with the Monroe Community College Foundation. Using FreeWill’s online estate planning tool, you can utilize the extra day in 2024 to protect the people you love — and support our mission to ensure that all students have the resources they need to be successful at MCC.

Leap into action and create your free will!

March 2024

NEW SCHOLARSHIP CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF SARAH JONES

Sarah Jones

David and Lynnette Jones, along with a loyal group of family and friends, recently established a scholarship to honor the memory of their daughter, Sarah (pictured right). The Sarah Jones Memorial Endowed Scholarship will support Monroe Community College students who demonstrate academic achievement, volunteer in their community, and embrace Sarah’s enthusiasm for lifelong learning and living every day to the fullest.

Sarah left those she loved way too soon. She is lovingly described by her family as witty, charming, and larger than life. Intelligent, generous, a consummate professional. Champion of the underdog, student of improv, and lover of animals, especially manatees. A caring daughter, sister, and colleague. This scholarship honors her legacy by supporting students who embody Sarah’s spirit, share her thirst for knowledge, and who need an extra boost toward crossing the finish line to their MCC degree.

We are grateful to the Jones family for their generous gift to the Monroe Community College Foundation in Sarah’s memory.

DO YOU KNOW OUTSTANDING MCC ALUMNI?

Each year the Alumni Hall of Fame Committee of the Monroe Community College Foundation considers nominees for the Monroe Community College Alumni Hall of Fame and selects up to four new inductees. Created in 1992, this hall of fame recognizes those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. Help us identify the next class of inductees; nominate someone today!

Need inspiration? Take a look at our MCC Alumni Hall of Fame members!

MCC Alumni Hall of Fame

HONOR A REMARKABLE WOMAN WITH A GIFT TO STAR POWER

Shyrell Brown

Looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day? Consider a contribution to STAR Power in honor of a remarkable woman in your life.

Over the years, the STAR Power Scholarship has eased the financial burden of juggling school, work, and family for more than 60 single student parents at MCC. Your support makes a difference as they strive to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Shyrell Brown (pictured right), one of this year’s recipients, shares how STAR Power has had a positive impact on her MCC experience:

“Thank you for helping me make it possible for me to pursue my dream of becoming an optometrist. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies. I hope to one day become an inspiration to single mothers with a dream. I’ve faced many barriers on this journey; hard work and dedication are the keys to success. Thank you again for your generous contribution.”

Make your Mother’s Day gift to STAR Power and support student parents like Shyrell today. All honorees will receive a special Mother’s Day card from the MCC Foundation. Thank you for your generosity!

16TH ANNUAL SCHOLARS’ DAY PRESENTED BY THE ESL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

David Wallace-Wells

Scholars’ Day at Monroe Community College is an event dedicated to showcasing the work of student and faculty researchers. This year’s event will conclude with a keynote presentation from David Wallace-Wells (pictured left). Wallace-Wells is the author of The Uninhabitable Earth, which was named to the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019.

In this talk, Wallace-Wells will draw on the findings in this book and explore the near-future we face in the wake of the climate crisis. Even though there will be difficult times ahead, there is still time to mitigate the effects of years of abusing our planet and, most importantly—there is still hope for a livable future for all.

Presented by the ESL Charitable Foundation, the keynote presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in the Robin and Tim Wentworth Arts Building, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester.

Purchase tickets for the keynote address online.

This event is made possible by the generosity of the ESL Charitable Foundation, the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, and Dr. Barbara and John Lovenheim.

MCC FOUNDATION AND MCC ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT PARTNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Monroe Community College’s student-athletes are raising funds to provide the necessary resources they need to travel and compete this spring.

Join the MCC Foundation and MCC Athletics Department as we partner to raise support and help to enrich the college experience for our student-athletes. Your donation will ensure that the MCC Tribunes are well-prepared to represent MCC as they head toward regional and national competitions. Team trips provide a wonderful opportunity for MCC's student-athletes to live, eat and play together and create a bonding experience like no other.

To learn more or to make a gift, visit the women’s lacrosse fundraising webpage.

Student athletes playing lacrosse