The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Inc. was recognized in a ceremony Wednesday morning at MVCC, where it was announced that the Community Foundation has made a $100,000 grant to MVCC’s Presidential Scholarship Fund. MVCC formally rededicated the large study and gathering space of its Utica Campus Information Technology Building as the “Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties Atrium.”
Present for the dedication were the leaders of MVCC and the Community Foundation, a group of MVCC Presidential Scholarship students, and an audience of MVCC employees, students, and community members.
The Presidential Scholarship Fund provides Oneida County students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class the opportunity to attend MVCC on a full-tuition scholarship. Endowing this scholarship fund helps MVCC give more students rich educational and career opportunities close to home. Presidential Scholarship endowments are the largest focus of MVCC’s “Challenge and Opportunity” major gifts campaign.
“The Community Foundation is committed to funding this community’s future and education is key to that future,” said Peggy O’Shea, President and CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. “MVCC is a major force in our area’s educational future, and we are happy to support their initiatives.”
Said MVCC President Randall VanWagoner, Ph.D., “MVCC is ready to expand on the scholarship and educational benefits it provides to thousands of local students annually, including the Presidential Scholars who are leaders in our classrooms. Thanks to strong partnerships like this one with the Community Foundation we can help more students have access to a local college education of the highest quality.”
For more information on the campaign see www.mvcc.edu