Over the years, hundreds of students who juggled life, family, jobs and college have benefited from Hibbing College Foundation scholarships. At the annual Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser event in April 2013, three scholarship recipients took the podium to thank all who give to the Foundation and support scholarships.
* Dr. Nick Ongaro, a young chiropractor who recently returned to Hibbing to set up his practice, received the Ed Palcich Scholarship award when he was a student at HCC. Dr. Ongaro told those gathered, "It's great to be home. It is an honor to talk to people who give. Because of people like you, people like me can return to the community."
* Rachael Shiek, a 2009 graduate of the law enforcement program, moved from California to Hibbing to attend HCC. To pay for college and her apartment and furnishings, Rachael used her credit card, which she admits was dangerous, but the reality for so many students Rachael worked three jobs while attending the rigorous law enforcement program. Luckily, Rachael received a scholarship her second year at HCC, and this enabled her to have money to travel to job interviews and pay down her debt. At the scholarship dinner, Rachael expressed her appreciation to complete strangers who believed in her and helped her accomplish her dreams. Rachael is currently working as a law enforcement officer with the Hibbing Police Department.
* Emily Lange, a sophomore at HCC, is working three jobs while carrying an overload of 19 credits and playing on the HCC volleyball team. Emily says, "Although I have all of these commitments, I put my schoolwork first in order to keep my grade point average at 3.6." When Emily enrolled at HCC, she set a goal for herself that she would graduate with an Associate's Degree in three semesters, and through hard work and dedication, Emily is proud to say she will accomplish that goal. She plants to Attend Minnesota State University-Mankato and major in Mass Media with a minor in Human Resources. Emily's scholarship has made it possible for her to attend HCC with reduced student debt.
The Hibbing College Foundation sincerely thanks all of our wonderful donors who do so much to assist students in achieving their educational goals. For more information about giving to the Hibbing College Foundation, please contact Susan Degnan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-262-6710.
The Hibbing College Foundation would like to know where their alumni are and what they are doing. Share your stories with us by contacting Susan Degnan at email@example.com or 218-262-6710.
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Hibbing Community College
1515 East 25th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746