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SCHOLARFest postponed until next year


By Clare Kolenda

For the past six years, an event known as SCHOLARFest has been both honoring important sponsors of Grand Rapids Community College and raising support for its students. This year will be the first since 2007, that GRCC will not be hosting the event.

SCHOLARfest is a fundraiser hosted by the college every year in order to celebrate the recent contributions to the college, as well as continue to encourage and raise support for the students. Scholarship donations have ranged from benefiting the Culinary Arts programs to even helping a student who was studying fashion merchandising.

Donald Mackenzie, Executive Board Director of the College Foundations said, “The GRCC foundation family felt it was in the best interest of not only GRCC but the college’s champions and friends to not host SCHOLARfest 2013.”

These champions and friends are the donors and sponsors who have generously given their support. Donors in the past have included Peter and Joan Secchia, who had the Culinary Arts program named after them, and even Carol Van Andel, benefitting the Nursing Program.

Instead of hosting SCHOLARfest, the college is focusing on preparing for GRCC’s 100th anniversary. GRCC is working hard to make the academic year 2014-15 a spectacular one. Even with the SCHOLARfest for this year canceled, supporters and contributors will none the less be thanked and honored especially through the 100 year anniversary.

Mackenzie said that the 100th anniversary celebration will, “celebrate the past, present and the future of the college, while at the same time recognizing those community partners who help foster our vision of providing educational opportunities for student success.”

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