MCC Scholarships for Fall

Ryan Canham receives a congratulatory handshake from John Goetz upon leaning he had been awarded the Goetz Family Scholarship.

The financial aid office at Morgan Community College announced forty-eight privately funded scholarships for students enrolled in the college this fall. “Receiving a scholarship can make all the difference for a student’s opportunity to go to college,” according to Carol Steward, MCC Financial Aid Advisor. Individuals, organizations and foundations in our communities have generously donated to the MCC Foundation to promote student success at MCC.

Howard B. Bloedorn Scholarship recipients are Francie Sagel (Fort Morgan), Nicole Meininger (Fort Morgan), Megan William (Brush), Sarah Pachek (Wiggins), Maria Preston (Fort Morgan), Beatriz Ortiz (Greeley), ShiAnn Erickson (Fort Morgan), David Smelser (Grand Junction), and Reba Parrish (Wiggins). The scholarships are in the amount of $1000 which will assist Meininger and Smelser toward earning their associate of arts degrees, and the other named students pursue their associate of applied science degrees in nursing.

Williams Family Foundation Scholarships were awarded to Kimberly Simpson (Byers), Shauna Coffin (Greeley), and Laura McDaniel (Wray). All three students are working toward a degree in nursing.

Rebecca Brasby (Fort Morgan) received the Jeff and Martha Bieber Scholarship. Brasby is a multimedia student where she is fine tuning her video and photography skills among other media specialties.

Colorado Plains Medical Center Foundation $500 scholarship went to Burlington student Crystal Hile who is pursuing her associate of general studies and associate of applied science while she completes the prerequisites for the MCC nursing program. The Colorado Plains Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship was given to Chloe Hammond (Fort Morgan) who is an aspiring scientist. She is interested in biotechnology.

Jesus Marrufo (Fort Morgan) received the Fort Morgan State Bank / Delmer P. Keating Scholarship. Marrufo is a multimedia student hopeful of starting his own business.

Several MCC students were awarded $1000 scholarships from the MCC Foundation: Callie Poitz (Fort Morgan), Karen Vega (Fort Morgan), Eric Mosqueda (Fort Morgan), Suzanne Cable (Fort Morgan), Kacee Holmes (Fort Morgan), Miguel Rodriquez-Gamboa (Fort Morgan), Frances Connie Arthur (Hillrose), and Dawn Schwenke (Fort Morgan). Schwenke also received the Chapter EG P.E.O. Scholarship.

Cecilia Gomez (Fort Morgan) was selected for the Robert and Jan Datteri Scholarship that she will use the funds toward a nursing degree.  Ashtyn Rohn (Wiggins) earned the Gramlich Nursing Scholarship. She plans to use her nursing degree in pediatric care. The Jolliffe Family Scholarship was awarded to Kellee Carlson (Wiggins) who is in her second year of nursing.  Ryan Canham (Brush) received the Goetz Family Scholarship toward his career goal in automotive technology.

Belinda Banuelos (Fort Morgan) is the recipient of the E. Earl Franks Scholarship. She plans to earn her A.A. degree at MCC and transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s in journalism.

The recently established Harold McArthur Scholarships for students from Kit Carson County were awarded for the first time to Leah Perez and Shirley “Jane” Jones, both of Burlington.

Four students benefitted from the Doris and Rex Monahan Second Chance Scholarships. Kerri Hansen (Yuma) who desires to become a Certified Addictions Counselor; Rosita Flores (Fort Morgan) who plans to begin her early childhood education career; Connie Stickley (Yuma County) who will attend classes at the MCC Wray Center preparing for the nursing program; and Anna Rosler (Hugo) who will attend the MCC Limon Center and pursue a healthcare career.

In addition to the individually established and endowed scholarship funds named above, the MCC Foundation continually seeks additional moneys to provide general scholarships for students with the greatest need. The Foundation hosts two major events toward that goal:  the annual spring gala (February 25, 2011) and the Cargill / MCC Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The Pro-Am is currently registering players for the tournament that will be played at the Fort Morgan Golf Course on September 20-21.

For further information about how you can donate to the Foundation scholarship fund, please visit or contact Jarry Schaefer, MCC Foundation President.

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