Scholarships Help MCC Students Succeed

by Rebecca Goodno
MCC Communications Intern

Scholarships are often the bridge that can make the dream of a college education a possibility.  Thanks to the generosity of Foundation for Muskegon Community College (FMCC) donors, many worthy students are able to achieve their dreams. Today, FMCC works with donors and Student Services to manage and offer over 40 scholarships, up from just 15 five years ago.

Like most MCC students, our scholarship recipients are exceptional individuals; talented, committed, grateful. We invite you to get to know a few of them in our Scholarship Profiles Section.

For more information about starting or supporting scholarships, please contact Tina Dee, Foundation Director, at or (231) 777-0660.


Adrian Briseno

Foundation for Muskegon Community College Muskegon Community College MHS Class of ’46 Scholarship

Adrian Briseno

In 2014 Adrian Briseno graduated from Muskegon High School receiving the MHS Class of ’46 Scholarship. Adrian is studying Business Management here at MCC then plans to attend a four-year college. So far, his favorite class is English 101 with Mrs. Dickinson. When asked, Adrian shared, “Attending MCC was the best decision I have made.” Not only is he a student here, but also an athlete. This fall he was one of the 23 Jayhawk soccer players.

The MHS Class of ’46 Scholarship is very much appreciated by Adrian. “It means a lot because it helped me with my tuition.”

Adrian’s role models are his parents. Even though neither of them made it past elementary school they both worked hard to give Adrian the best life he could have. “I couldn’t thank them enough for that.”

Foundation for Muskegon Community College Sun Chemical | United Steel Workers 2-987 A.D. Barnes Scholarship

Nolan Saxe

First-year MCC student Nolan Saxe, who graduated from Muskegon High School in 2014, received the Sun Chemical| United Steel Workers 2-987 A.D. Barnes Scholarship. Although he has attended for only one semester, Nolan has been pleased with MCC. “I’d say I am very satisfied with my decision to attend MCC.” His favorite instructor is Mr. Wallace King for his Fitness/Wellness/Nutrition class.

Journalism has sparked an interest in Nolan, who plans to study at MCC then transfer to Michigan State University to continue his major. Since he has such a passion for writing, his favorite class is English. Nolan is very appreciative of the scholarship. “It means a great deal to me,” he said. “Any sort of money towards my college education can go a long way.”

Going into MCC Saxe had the plan to be a Jayhawk baseball player. He was all set to play until he suffered an unfortunate knee injury. There are plenty of role models in Nolan’s life who have affected him in different but equal ways. “I want to show myself through my own actions that I am a good person,” he added.


Keith Kuharevicz

Foundation for Muskegon Community College Larry and Roberta Tetzlaff Scholarship

Keith Kuharevicz

This year is Keith Kuharevicz’s second year attending Muskegon Community College. Keith graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central in the spring of 2013. “I am pleased with the decision that I made to attend MCC rather than going off to a larger university and have no regrets about staying in town for my first two years of college.”

Keith is grateful to have received the Larry and Roberta Tetzlaff Scholarship from the Foundation. “This scholarship was very important to me and was greatly appreciated by me, and even more so by my parents,” he said. “I attended Muskegon Catholic Schools all my life and I have three younger brothers who still attend there.  While we have all enjoyed attending Muskegon Catholic, it has placed a sizable financial burden on my parents.  This gracious scholarship that I have been granted alleviates pressure that both my parents and I would otherwise be feeling.” Because of this scholarship Keith can now be fully committed to his studies rather than having to worry about working many hours in order to pay for the classes that he is taking.

After MCC, he plans to attend a larger university where he can obtain a bachelor’s degree as a mechanical engineer. So far, he has applied to the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Grand Valley State University. A final decision is yet to be made as he is considering what school will be the best fit for him.

Throughout the two years of attending MCC, Keith has had numerous classes and instructors. One that really stood out to him was Math 162 with Mr. Gary Nonnemacher.  “The teaching methods that he implemented in the course, his ability to explain ideas in a comprehensible manner, and the passion that he had for teaching made the class an enjoyable learning experience for me.”

Keith also competed for the Jayhawk men’s soccer team. “I enjoyed being able to continue playing for two more years and meeting new people by being a part of the team,” he said. For Keith, his role model is his father. There are numerous reasons why he admires his father but his faith, hard work ethic and dedication to family are the ones that stand out the most to him.

Foundation for Muskegon Community College Mary Josephine Vukits Nursing Scholarship

Josephine Kracht

A 2005 graduate of Holland High School, Josephine Kracht is in her second year at Muskegon Community College where she is absolutely pleased with her decision to attend.

Josephine received the Mary Josephine Vukits Nursing Scholarship this spring. “This scholarship means so much,” said a grateful Josephine. “As a hard worker with no other source for financial support, it was important for me to apply for many scholarships. Knowing there are many applicable students who also would deserve this award, I still applied so I knew I did all I could do in order to pay for college. I work and go to school so this scholarship has helped relieve some financial burden and has made me feel blessed to be able to be the first recipient. This scholarship has helped me on my journey to receiving my RN and I am truly so thankful.”

The scholarship was established by Tom Dake, to honor the memory of his aunt Mary Josephine Vukits, R.N., She started her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. Army during WWII and later worked as an RN at Hackley Hospital for over 30 years before retiring.

Not only does the Mary Josephine Vukits Nursing Scholarship affect Josephine financially, but also on a personal level.

“This scholarship affects me personally because I never thought I would be chosen to receive one,” she admitted. “I thought that so many people applied, but why would they choose me. This scholarship has raised my confidence and has made me realize that I need to try in order to receive help. I love what I do and I am so thankful that this scholarship can help me achieve my goals.”

In the long run, the scholarship will also help the community and all of the patients that Josephine will care for in the future. Helping others is something she really enjoys and about which she is passionate – all of which led her to the sursing field. “Being a part of someone’s life at their most vulnerable time is very special. I want to add change to the profession in a positive way. I want to be someone who can help the community.” She plans to contribute to the nursing field through her practice of holistic care.

NUR141 is Josephine’s favorite class because she was able to challenge herself and learn through new experiences. Josephine thinks very highly of all the nursing professors and values their professionalism. They are all very supportive and approachable which makes it very difficult for her to pick a favorite.

“My favorite thus far is Heather Vanderzanden,” she said. “Heather is supportive of all students, teaches us by asking questions, motivates us, is always fair and professional, and has helped me build my confidence. Heather is very intelligent and that motivates me to study and the importance of being a prudent nurse.”

On top of being a student and working, Josephine is currently serving as the President of the Student Nursing Club. “We do a lot of volunteering in the community as well.”

Her plan for after attending MCC is to further her education and take advantage of the concurrent program offered through Michigan State University. “I will take online classes to receive my Bachelor’s Degree. I plan to work toward my Master’s Degree and possibly my Doctorate in Nursing.” Someday she would love to work in the community and has an interest in cardiac nursing or the ICU.

Josephine has many role models in her life – the nursing staff, her mom and dad. She admires the nursing staff because of everything they have done for her and others. “The nursing staff have been nurses for years and have offered their experiences to help teach us. They are all role models because they are professional and successful. I appreciate all their help and want to be a safe nurse just like them.” Josephine appreciates all of the support from her parents and how accepting they are. “They have always been by my side. They both are hard workers and raised me to work hard.” That is something she will always value.