Education to Empowerment is an exciting women’s scholarship program presented by the Friends of MCC Foundation. This unique and innovative program provided financial support and ongoing mentorship for female McHenry County College students completing
their final year at MCC and continuing onto a four-year college or university toward an advanced degree.
The Education to Empowerment committee hosted the annual scholarship award evening on July 28, 2016 at Facets Studio in Woodstock. The event attendees mingled and enjoyed meetings the five new Education to Empowerment scholarship winners: Trace Chase, Emma Kane, Sarah Klos, Natalia Kupiec, and Brianne Sullivan. The committee also wished prior recipients well as they continue their educational journey to their four-year universities.
Trace graduated from Johnsburg High School and is pursuing an Associates in Science while at MCC. She plans on continuing her education at a four year college to obtain a Bachelor’s in education, with an interest in early childhood education. She spent time during high school volunteering at the junior high school helping students, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County.
Emma Kane Emma is from Algonquin and attended Marian Central High School in Woodstock. She's active in the McHenry County 4H where she has earned many awards in speech and photography as well as for her horses. Her education at MCC will help aid her goal of becoming a psychologist by allowing her to take credit classes all year long. She hopes to obtain her Bachelor’s degree by the spring of 2018.
Sarah Klos Sarah is from Crystal Lake. She's an avid photographer and has an interest in graphic design. She spent a year at Central Michigan University where she was on the Dean’s List. She's here at MCC to obtain an Associates in Art and hopes to utilize these interests to pursue her passion of educating about the environment and climate change. Art is a great way to send huge messages to the public without having to use words. Leaving this world a better place is really important to her and Sarah is determined to make an impact.
Natalia Kupiec Natalia graduated from Crystal Lake High School with a President’s list diploma for outstanding GPA. She's a standing member of Phi Theta Kappa and she holds the Vice President’s title in that club here at MCC. She takes her academic career seriously, aiming for a silver cord upon graduating from MCC with an Associates in Science. Her ambition is to go to medical school and to specialize in woman’s health.
Brianne Sullivan Brianne is from Lake in the Hills. Here at MCC she has been inducted into the Psi Beta Honor Society as the Vice President Elect for 2016. She's pursuing a degree in military clinical psychology. Her goals include earning a Bachelor’s of Art degree at Northern Illinois University and continuing on to obtain a doctorate with an emphasis in clinical military psychology.
Each scholarship recipient received a full-year scholarship at MCC, as well as financial assistance when transferring to a four-year school. The award ceremony highlighted all the recipients' accomplishments as well as the unique nature of the scholarship program.
The Friends of McHenry County College Foundation wishes to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of Education to Empowerment.