To mark the 50th anniversary of its founding, West Shore Community College is launching a scholarship contest that aims to capture inspiring real-life stories of success from former students.
To recognize the important role the college serves in the community, the college is inviting its alumni to share their student success stories which will be used in a variety of ways during the 50th anniversary celebration which begins in September.
“For five decades, West Shore has educated leaders, innovators and workers,” WSCC President Kenneth Urban said. “The stories that these people can tell will inspire the next generation of students to accomplish great things making our future even brighter.”
The roots of WSCC date back to 1967, when the residents of the Mason County Intermediate School District and Manistee County School District voted to establish a community college on March 6, 1967.
However, planning for the new college dates to 1961, when a group of area school district superintendents created an advisory committee to explore the possibility of establishing a community college to serve the area. Clearing for the first building to rise on the campus was in 1969.
Since then, the college has become a pathway to a university degree, filled a critical workforce development role, and helped many earn a valuable higher education credential.
“We are asking alumni to submit a written testimonial to describe how their West Shore education has helped them to succeed in their career and influenced their impact on the community,” said Thom Hawley, Executive Director of Communication and Community Engagement. “One alumnus who submits a story will be honored with a $2000 scholarship in the alumnus’ name to benefit a student from his or her high school alma mater who plans to attend the college in 2017.”
“We are seeking the real-life stories of our alumni, including tales of people who used their community college education to overcome long odds, land their dream job, start a new business or launch a new career.”
The winner of the scholarship contest will be selected based on the answers to an online questionnaire posted on the college’s web site.
Stories and photos will be shared on the WSCC Facebook page, website, and LinkedIn channel. Those who enter are also encouraged to share their stories with family and friends through their personal social networks as well.
In addition, the images of six alumni with the most compelling stories will be selected to appear on college sponsored billboards throughout the area.
Submissions will be accepted throughout the coming year, and a list of finalists, selected with input from a panel of six area residents, will be posted by the end of February 2017. Testimonials can still be submitted after February, but they will not be eligible for the alumni scholarship contest. Participants must have attended the college and earned at least 45 credit hours.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement