The Gerber Foundation recently awarded scholarships to twenty students from the Newaygo County Career and Technical Center (NCCTC)! Congratulations to these well-deserving students.
Brady Longcore & Landon Nelson (Construction Trades)
Randi Jo Osborn & Shylah Bastion (Child Development/Education)
Madison Risley (Cosmetology)
Cassidy Shuler & Thomas Feldpausch (Graphic Communications)
Alyssa Watkins & Alex Ceja (Culinary Arts)
Alicia Fisk (Health Sciences)
Colin Scholtens & Sean VanDenBerg (Auto Technology)
Kolby Dickinson (Welding Technology)
Dakota Homfeld & Allison Truskowski (Information Technology)
Maximiliano deleon-Macias & Xavier DeLing (Engineering)
Hannah Steenstra (Business Applied Technology)
Aaliyah Boyce & Aeliana Polinski (Agriscience).
The Career-Tech scholarship program began five years ago to help students in these programs obtain advanced education beyond high school or to complete advanced certifications or licensure. The aim of the program was to help pay for some of the extra expenses that these students encounter in their training programs that typical scholarship programs do not support.
The scholarships will help pay for up to half of the cost of tools, equipment, uniforms, materials, and licensure or certification exams that students need to complete their technical or trade post-secondary education. The funds will help fill a gap in funding for the unique needs these students have to gain certification or licensure to improve upon their job prospects. “We often speak metaphorically about giving students the tools they will need to make a good living and provide for their families. With these scholarships, The Gerber Foundation is doing that in a literal sense.”, said Kara Eagle from the office of Corporate and Foundation relations at The Ferris Foundation.
Because the scholarships are based on individual costs for each program, scholarship amounts vary. Recipients this year are expected to receive between $150 and $2,660 each.
The Gerber Foundation is honored to be able to provide these scholarships to students from the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center programs.