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Holland Foundation makes historic investment in MCC students
$3 million endowed scholarship is largest ever in the College’s history
Metropolitan Community College received its largest-ever endowed scholarship from the Holland Foundation. The Dick and Mary Holland Scholarship, a $3 million scholarship program, will create pathways to postsecondary education in MCC skilled trades, health and technical science programs for students residing in the College’s four-county service area. Scholarships will be awarded beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.
Amy Recker, executive director of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation, said the Dick and Mary Holland Scholarship is anticipated to provide a minimum of 24 scholarships annually and prioritizes first-generation students in their postsecondary education at MCC, from high school dual credit through completion of eligible credit programs.
Deb Love, president of the Holland Foundation, said the historic gift reflects the importance the Holland family places on supporting public education at all levels.
“Dick and Mary felt a great sense of duty to make impact in the lives of students through philanthropy and saw scholarships as a great way to fulfill that mission,” Love said. “The trades, health and technical sciences are so important and in need of qualified workers. These programs offer students an opportunity to further their education, leading them into high-skill and high-wage jobs in the workforce.”
In addition to tuition, the endowed scholarship can provide funding for fees, books and required certifications, as well associated tools, equipment and/or supplies. Financial need will be considered but is not required. Applicants with a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average at the time of application will be prioritized for aid.
“The Dick and Mary Holland Scholarship is a truly transformational gift to MCC and students in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge and Washington counties,” Recker said. “MCC is extremely grateful to the Holland Foundation for entrusting the College with this unprecedented investment in our students, programs and communities.”
The Dick and Mary Holland Scholarship is part of a series of gifts the Holland Foundation has recently made to area educational institutions. Love said in addition receiving the education and training students need to land quality jobs, the endowment provides a lasting way for future generations to understand and be inspired by Dick and Mary Holland’s desire to address the needs of the community’s most vulnerable through the arts, education and children’s causes.
“The endowed scholarship continues Dick and Mary’s legacy of giving. They were such observant, giving and caring people who always had a willingness in their hearts to help others,” Love said.
Visit mccneb.edu/Scholarships for more information or call 531-MCC-2400.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.