ACC Foundation holds spring scholarship luncheon

Courtesy Photo Among those in attendance at this year’s ACC Foundation spring scholarship luncheon were, from left, Jeannine Carpenter, Michigan State Police Trooper Ashley Simpson, Jamie McDonald, Alpena County Undersheriff Terry King, Don Swider, Scott Adams, Jacy Adams and Macy Cosbitt.

Alpena Community College Foundation recently hosted its annual spring scholarship luncheon at the APlex. With 230 individuals in attendance, ACC President Dr. Don MacMaster welcomed guests and thanked the donors for their vital support to the college and its students. He also recognized the scholarship recipients for their hard work and academic achievements.

According to Penny Boldrey, executive director of the ACC Foundation, “The purpose of this luncheon is to provide our scholarship donors with the opportunity to meet the student or students they are assisting.”

Sue Fitzpatrick, president of the ACC Foundation, thanked the scholarship donors and recipients for attending the luncheon.

“During the 2016/2017 academic year the ACC Foundation provided $171,000 in scholarship support to 341 students through scholarship funds that were created by individuals, businesses, service clubs, corporations and foundations,” Fitzpatrick said.

Scholarship donors heard first-hand how their financial support has affected students from ACC student Brooke Roose. She said, “I personally thank each and every one of the donors who make it possible for us to not only attend ACC, but to further our education and brighten our futures. And, for believing in us and helping students get to where they are today.”

Ashley Simpson, a 2006 ACC graduate and Michigan State Police trooper, encouraged students to take the time to research available scholarships. Simpson shared that she received approximately $8,000 in scholarship support, which more than paid for her two years at ACC. She also advised students to be smart in their choices and if they are given an opportunity to do something, do it.

WindSong Flute Quartet, under the direction of MaryAnn Hubbard, added to the afternoon festivities with their chamber ensemble music.

For more information on how to establish a scholarship fund or to make a donation to an existing fund, contact Boldrey at 358-7297.