The Northwest State Community College Foundation proudly awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships to over 250 students from throughout northwest Ohio. These marks far surpass last year’s record totals, offering needed financial help to students through the generosity of donors to the NSCC Foundation.
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, students and donors filled the NSCC Atrium to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and offer gratitude for the support of local donors.
“Many Northwest State students balance school, family and work,” said to Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our students are able to keep the focus on getting the best-possible education and opening doors to great career opportunities with family-sustaining wages.”
Student speaker Brandon Allen shared an emotional story of the ups and downs in his life and the path that ultimately led to him attending Northwest State. Brandon, a mechanical engineering and plastics engineering student, told the capacity audience how as a teenager, he lost his focus on academics and made questionable lifestyle choices, which led to dropping out of high school, drug addiction and incarceration.
“I am now a 26-year old drug-free husband, father, student and friend,” Allen said. To say Brandon has positively rebounded is an understatement. He noted, “In May of 2019, I will graduate with two associate degrees. As a ninth grade dropout, I never would have imagined this to be possible.” He closed his speech by thanking the donors and the NSCC Foundation and congratulating his fellow scholarship recipients.
The NSCC Foundation was established in 1978 to provide support for the students, people and programs of NSCC. For nearly 40 years, the foundation has remained true to its mission to enhance, expand and sustain Northwest State so that NSCC can continue to fulfill its mission of creating opportunities for transformational learning. The NSCC Foundation works diligently to raise much-needed funds for educational opportunities that directly and indirectly impact students.
“The NSCC Foundation continues to work hard each year to increase funding to support our students through both scholarships and efforts to provide state-of-the-art training equipment,” noted Wilcox. She added, “The NSCC Foundation is not only giving more scholarships than ever before, they are also helping the College to develop and expand programs that will help both students and our business partners for generations to come.”