KCC Foundation announces 30 recipients of the 2023-24 Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship

KCC's Grahl Center in Coldwater.

The Kellogg Community College Foundation is pleased to announce $20,000 in total awards to 30 student recipients of the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year.

The recipients of this year’s scholarship include:

  • Dental Hygiene: Leandro Castro, Abby Herman, Alaqrai Nadwia, Samantha Sylvester and Virginia Torres-Ojeda, all of Coldwater.
  • Nursing: Ashley Boyer and Samantha Urena, of Battle Creek; Kali Reeg and Ashley Rissman, of Bronson; Veronica Arroyo, Marissa Cox, Alexandra Curtis, Gabrielle Harris, Ally Holland, Brittaine Lewis, Shanna Marsh, Ashleigh Morick, Cemara Paul, Lissbet Ramos, Briana Roush, Ciarra Rumph and Jennifer Smith, all of Coldwater; Melissa Piper, of Dowling; Dezirae Bigelow, of Hillsdale; and Alexis Bethel and Macey Randall, of Quincy.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant:  Emma Finn, of Coldwater.
  • Radiography: Bryan Foote, of Bronson; MacKenzie Mitchell, of Burlington; and Pamela Coleman, of Quincy.

With an initial three-year grant of $60,000 in 2019 and a four-year grant of $80,000 in 2022 from the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Foundation, the KCC Foundation is administering this scholarship program to allow students an opportunity to complete their educational goals at KCC and receive financial support along the way. To date, the KCC Foundation has made 126 scholarship awards from this fund.

Eligible scholarship applicants must either reside in Branch County or have graduated from a Branch County high school or home school; demonstrate financial need; and be accepted to or enrolled in one of KCC’s health or skilled trades programs.

Funds for the Promise Scholarship program have been secured due to generous gifts from the Thomas Bott Donor Advised Fund, the Hal and Lillian Creal Fund, the George and Kathie Babcoke Trust, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, Century Bank and Trust, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital and Clemens Food Group, as well as support from members of the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Club and its Foundation.

More than $350,000 has been raised toward a $500,000 goal to fund the Promise Endowment in order to insure the long-term sustainability of the program.

“The KCC Foundation is excited to continue its partnership with the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary for this amazing program that is making a positive impact,” Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation, said. “We are honored to steward this grant fund to the benefit of our students and the communities in Branch County, and we applaud the efforts of the Rotary to help raise the level and quality of education in the region.”

For more information about the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship Program, call Promise Project Communication Liaison Jon Harpst at 517-202-7849 or visit coldwatersunriserotary.com.

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