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June 28

Holland Foundation makes historic investment
in first-generation MCC students
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$3 million endowed scholarship is largest in 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 professions 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 an impact in the lives of students through philanthropy and saw scholarships as a great way to fulfill that mission,” Love said. “The skilled trades, health professions 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 as 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 to enabling the education and training students need to land quality jobs, the endowment provides a lasting way for future generations to take inspiration from Dick and Mary Holland’s example of addressing 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 to apply or call 531-MCC-0024 for more information.