Scholarship recipients honored with luncheon

Kaela Kelly

College tuition and costs can sometimes keep students from achieving their dream. At Metropolitan Community College, there are options for students that can help lighten the financial burden. Scholarships play a large role in helping MCC students succeed.

Students who received the Johnny Rodgers Career and Technical Education Scholarship were invited to a luncheon on Jan. 14 as recognition of their hard work. The scholarship helps students pay for tuition, fees and books if they are in a career or technical program at MCC. 

Kaela Kelly, a student in the Architectural Design Technology program and in the College’s TRIO program, said MCC was the right choice for her because of the programs available and the class schedule flexibility.

“I grew up in construction and I love it,” she said. “I’m currently flipping my first house.”

Kelly said the Johnny Rodgers scholarship is helping her not only financially, but also helping her realize her educational and business goals.

“After I graduate [from MCC], I will go to University of Nebraska at Omaha with a scholarship,” she said. “I want to open my own business of flipping and selling houses.”

Utility Line student Boone Lieb said receiving the Johnny Rodgers scholarship has helped him go to college for the program he was most interested in. As a parent to a young daughter, he said not having to worry about school costs is a relief.

“This scholarship, financially, helps me a lot,” Lieb said. “I have a lot going on as a single parent. Every little bit helps.”

During the luncheon, Rodgers spoke to the scholarship recipients about how they can’t let fear get in their way of achieving their dreams.

“When you try to go for the impossible, the biggest obstacle may be your mindset,” he said. “I want you to take this seriously when you come here. Your life depends on it.”

To learn more about all the scholarship opportunities at MCC, visit