Cathy Cox is a bookkeeper who decided to change careers and study psychology. Jonnie Blake is a young adult who is exploring career options. The Kingman residents have not met, but the Mohave Community College students have one common element: they both received their first college scholarships in 2014 from funds raised through the annual Arizona Gives Day.
“I was stunned,” said Cox, 40, of receiving the scholarship. “I didn’t even know the scholarship existed.”
Blake, 23, said she is thankful to attend MCC to help her determine which career is the best fit and she never thought she would qualify for a scholarship.
“I was so excited to get my first scholarship,” she said. “It was a confidence boost that someone cares about me going to school to try to better my life. I just can’t explain how excited I was when I got it.”
The Mohave Community College Foundation received the most individual donors among Mohave County’s nonprofits during the 2014 Arizona Gives Day. The statewide event promotes a one-day donation drive for nonprofit organizations. The MCC Foundation also ranked 14th in Arizona out of 188 organizations for the most donors among rural nonprofits. The Foundation used the funding raised for scholarships.
“The funding raised remains in Mohave County to serve current and upcoming students,” said Dan Lara, the Foundation’s executive director. “Scholarships are a vital part to ensuring all of our residents have access to higher education, or to make life challenges easier to overcome by providing financial support for their education. We hope Mohave County residents continue their support for the Foundation on Arizona Gives Day. A small donation could result in nearly $10,000 additional scholarship dollars for students.”
The MCC Foundation is participating in Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online donation drive scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. The event allows donors to either pre-schedule a minimum donation of $10 for that day, or make their donation the day of the event. The nonprofit that receives the most unique donors receives an additional $8,500. The Foundation is also asking donors to donate at least $25 between 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. The organization that receives the most unique donors during that hour receives an additional $1,000.
“We can’t say we were surprised by the support the Foundation garnered during the 2014 event. The communities that Mohave Community College supports, support Mohave Community College in return,” Lara said. “We look forward to receiving the most donors overall and the most donors from 1-2 p.m. this year to top those records and to receive more scholarship funding.”
For more information about the Foundation, go to http://www.