MHCC Students Awarded Prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarships
Posted: May 30, 2014
Five exemplary Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) students have received one of the nation’s greatest honors in being named Ford Scholarship recipients. The Ford Family Foundation has awarded these students with scholarships that could equal $100,000 each.
The recipients of the Ford scholarships include Sule Whitlock, Mary Jane Doran-Brockman, Stacia Mandzij, Laura Aguon and Vera Khadzhi. Whitlock, Mandzij and Aguon were each awarded a Ford Opportunity scholarship. Doran-Brockman and Khadzhi have been awarded Ford Restart scholarships. Each scholarship is calculated to cover 90 percent of the student’s college costs per year up to $25,000 for each year. The scholarship covers a four-year period.
Three of the students will be graduating from MHCC with degrees in Mental Health and Human Services. Those students include Mary Jane Doran-Brockman who will attend Concordia University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and will eventually work toward a master’s in Social Work. Her goals are to facilitate suicide prevention education as well as grief counseling. Mary Jane has done service learning at Fir Ridge High School as well as Mt. Hood Adult Day Center. She is also a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program and the Vista Bridge Foot Patrol.
Sule Whitlock will also transfer to Concordia University and has a passion for helping people who experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, she hopes to work as a hospice social worker after completing her education. Sule has completed service learning with TRIO student support services at MHCC and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. Sule is the current Phi Theta Kappa Rho Theta chapter president at MHCC.
Stacy Mandzij will transfer to Concordia University as well to complete her BSW degree. Her goal is to work to enhance the lives of children and families as a social worker. Stacy volunteered at a mentor with the college Transitions program and spent three terms of service with the Department of Human Service in Gresham where she continues to volunteer.
Also graduating is Laura Aguon who currently serves at the president of the Associated Student Government. Aguon has proven to be a leader on campus and will take her skills to Portland State University where she will major in Communications. A single mother of two-year-old Aubrey, she says the Ford Scholarship will assist in reaching her goal of obtaining a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Vera Khadzhi will be receiving a degree in Business with plans to transfer to a university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Vera immigrated to the United States from Russia where she had worked assisting homeless children, a passion she holds within. Along with her studies at the college Vera continue to help out at her church and volunteers weekly as an interpreter at Legacy Hospital.