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Women in McHenry County Donate $10,000 to Education to Empowerment Fund at MCC

The former Women in McHenry County (WiM3) group recently presented the Education to Empowerment (E2E) fund at McHenry County College (MCC) with a check for $10,000. The money will be used to fund an E2E scholarship next year.

Women in McHenry County was a women’s professional group comprised of 30 women in business. When they decided to dissolve as a group earlier this year, they donated their remaining funds to E2E.

“We are very fortunate to have been able to give our remaining scholarship funds to another organization, Education to Empowerment, that shared in our vision to financially assist women looking to advance their education,” said Kristine Breneisen, former president of WiM3.

Education to Empowerment is a scholarship and mentoring opportunity for women offered through the Friends of MCC Foundation. The scholarship's mission is to empower women to reach their fullest potential and achieve economic independence through education, mentoring, and financial support.

The E2E scholarship provides $10,000 in funding for each student that can be applied toward tuition, books, and fees for a recipient’s last year at MCC and first year at an accredited four-year institution.

“We’re so thankful to Women in McHenry County for their generous donation to the E2E program,” said Rizza. “The $10,000 donation will be used to fund one additional scholarship in 2022, meaning that one additional woman at MCC will have her second year funded and will be supported at her transfer institution. It truly will change a woman’s life.”

E2E began in 2013 with the goal of bringing together 100 influential women in McHenry County. Each woman donates $1,000 each year. To date, the E2E program has awarded $420,000 in scholarships to 47 female MCC students.

For more information about Education to Empowerment, visit