For Immediate Release – August 26, 2014
YCCC Foundation Awards Over $26,000 in Fall Scholarships
Wells, Maine - The York County Community College (YCCC) Foundation recently awarded over $26,000 in scholarships to 54 individuals for the fall 2014 semester. These scholarships will provide much needed financial support to students pursuing higher education in one of YCCC’s academic programs.
Over the last five years the YCCC Foundation has provided over $200,000 in scholarships to YCCC students based on academic performance, program of study, leadership, community service and financial need. This semester saw a 200% increase in the demand for scholarship support over any other semester. The YCCC Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work in securing the future of the College, its students, faculty and staff.
“The majority of YCCC students receive some financial aid and/or scholarship assistance.” said YCCC Foundation Executive Director, Bryan Matluk “Investing in our students is not only at the core of the Foundation’s mission, it is vital to the growth of the College, York County and the State of Maine.
Recipients this semester include 16 single parents, eight students pursuing work in the healthcare field and two first generation Americans.
Scholarship Recipient Paul Letourneau, who, as a result of his studies at YCCC, recently accepted a new position at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says, “I have always had a passion and interest in machining. After some prodding from my wife, I applied and was accepted to the first year of YCCC's precision machining program. It has not always been easy working 40 plus hours a week and attending school 4 nights a week but I have succeeded and would like to not only complete my certificate in precision machining but my associates degree as well”
Chansavanny Heang, whose parents fled the Khmer Rouge in 1985 says of YCCC, “Within [YCCC] I have all the help I need on my side. The tuition is affordable, my advisors are professors that I trust, and the education that I am getting is worth more than what I pay for.”
“I have spent much of my young adult life just getting over the next punch that was waiting and getting by. I have finally started to think about myself. This education is something no one can take from me.” Says Michelle Patterson, a local credit union branch manager who is pursuing her first degree.
The scholarships awarded were made possible from the following donors: YCCC Foundation; Wells Rotary Scholarship; The Walsh Family Scholarship; Phyllis B. Norton Memorial Scholarship; The George & Shirley Pope Endowment; York Lions Club Scholarship; Sanford Institution for Savings; Endowment; Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution Endowment; Zonta International Scholarship; York Harbor Foundation Scholarship; Phyllis B. Norton Memorial Scholarship and the Philip W. Hussey Scholarship Endowment.
York County Community College, established in 1994, is one of seven community colleges in the Maine Community College System. The college enrolls over 2,200 students in associate degree and transfer programs and over 2,500 individuals in continuing education, career & professional development and business training annually. The mission of the YCCC Foundation is to encourage and advocate for the expansion of educational resources by developing private and public support of York County Community College.
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