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Testimonials from Grateful Students

Dear Dr. Vaughan,

Just last week I was ashamed and embarrassed to have to approach my professors concerning my finances and enrollment status. Today, because of the immediate response by those professors, I can end this semester with my only worry being my final exam grades.

I want to say thank you Dr. Vaughan for your concern and quick assistance to get me over this challenging situation to stay on the right track. Maricopa County’s Glendale Community College truly has the most kind and caring staff. I can witness to the passion the staff members have for the educational opportunities of the students.

I wish I could convey the appreciation in my heart for the grace bestowed on me by the Faculty Foundation. You have given my small family and opportunity to take advantage of without hesitation and I have been humbled through this experience.

I thank you again, and my family thanks you for permitting us a bright pathway to a hopeful future.


Krystal Wilson
October 26, 2017

Handwritten note expressing thanksThank you from Doreen Devoy-Hulgan - 2017
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To whom it may concern,

I would like to thank the Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation for the $131.00 emergency grant to help pay to get a new alternator for my truck. Without this I would have not been able to afford to fix my truck and therefore I also would have not been able to get to school. Now my truck is fixed and my schooling can continue. I was shocked when my teacher told me the grant was accepted. Words cannot express how thankful I truly am. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.


Hazel Brown
January 28, 2015

To the board of maricopa colleges faculty foundation:

Thank you very much for your generous donation of funds during my time of need. I was lost with no where to turn and the board stepped in and helped me overcome my distressing hardship. The funds will able me to be more successful during my college experience to obtain my career goal. If there is ever anything you would like me to do for the foundation please let me know and I will be more than happy to help.

Thank you very much

Angela Coleman
January 2013

Dear Ms. Reilly

My heart and mind is so filled with thankfulness, I cannot hold back the tears. I have never been in a situation where I felt so helpless. Honesty, I was going to bed hungry and waking up the same. I learned to live off of peanut butter and jelly, cereal and be thankful. However, when the lights and all utilities went out, I was devastated. My whole returning back to school at my age came out of being laid off and realizing that the skills I was trained in years ago became obsolete in today's society.

Mesa Community College truly has been the best thing that has happened to me. I learned to overcome my learning disability by a professor that took the time and patience with me.I feel like they gave me back my life and self esteem. Even when I had to leave and go see about my sister, I was able to make up my assignments. When I was in the honors only class with Duane Oakes, I ended up in ICU during finals. He allowed me to take my final exam in the ICU unit.

Now, the Faculty blessed me with money to pay my bills, utilities and most of all buy some food!!!, I am so "Truly Thankful"! Even thought I had the opportunity to spend the last days by my sisters bedside, I wanted so bad for the doctors to be wrong with her cancer diagnosis. I heard so many success stories and how advanced the research has come. That's its no longer a dead sentence. I gave all I had and my last. So now I see first hand how kind and giving people can be to reach out and help me.

I have worked hard these last few years and I have no regrets. Mesa Community and the faculty and staff are the very best!!!

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart


Debra A. Shannon

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I am writing this letter to express my gratitude for the Emergency Scholarship fund. What this scholarship means to me, words cannot even express, especially since I am a single father of three, and a member of the first generation of eight in my family to graduate and go to college. I am currently a full time student at SMCC, taking 14 credits this fall semester of 2012. Although I am unemployed at the moment I never stop looking for work. I expect to start receiving unemployment of $ 75 a week, starting in a week or so, not to be expecting my student loan check until around 9/17/2012. To say the least, I am not sure what I and my family would have done without this scholarship and others like it. I just wanted to say huge thanks from me and my family. This scholarship fund has allowed me to stay in school, when otherwise I would have not been able to do so. With my bills, kids, and the loss of my mother, my situation went from bad to worst very quickly, I am so glad there are programs like such in place for people in my situation the fund is truly a blessing.


Tylon Williams
August 31, 2012

Dear Ms. Reilly,
Please, excuse my tardiness in sending you and the Mesa College Foundation Board my deepest heartfelt gratitude for funding the $238 that Mr. Felnagle brought before you to get me the money to fix my saw and some firewood to get me through the cold until my saw part gets here from back order: I have just now received your email address. I cannot tell you how much difference it has made to be warm. I do not know if I would have been able to continue successfully with school without it. As it is, the very generous gift brought some new life to me and I have managed to slightly raise my grades (2 As and a B). I will never forget what you, the Foundation, Mr. Felnagle, and the school have done for me. Please, convey this to the board for me. Thank you, so very much. It was so much more and from a source than I could have ever expected; and it got here just in time to get me through the big snow storm up here in northern AZ.
Very sincerely,

Bob Longest
March 20, 2012

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Dear Janice,

I just wanted to send you a Thank You for your kindness and your effort in getting this money to me that you did. It is not everyday that you find so many people who are so happy and willing to help in one place and for one cause. I feel like Professor Lara, Jason, yourself and any others involved did so much more for me than I EVER would have expected. I was truly blessed by Estrella Mountain Comm. College and Maricopa Community Colleges.

Thank You Again.

Pamela Tucci
September 9, 2011

Thank you video by Tiffany ConvingtonThank you from Tiffany Covington - 2016
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Dear Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation,

I want to thank each and everyone involved in helping my family and me when we were desperately trying to figure out what to do. We were in the process of being evicted for not being able to pay the rent for the month of January due to my husband’s check being garnished as I mentioned in my request for help.

Thanks to MCFF for all do to help students to realize our goals.  My family and I are so grateful that you were able to help us.  Our children are now feeling better and not feeling the stress of having to move.  As I said this has been our house all along and that’s what they know as home.    We were able to pay the January rent, which gave us an opportunity to catch up and pay February’s rent on time.

Also, now because I am so close to graduation I’m able to place an application in the Tempe School District for a job as an instructional assistant and feel very confident a job will be available soon.  My plan is to help my family working full time, as I continue on to finish my teacher certificate at NAU.  The program there is in the evening, which gives students who need to have a full time job, to work and go through the certification program as well.  I went from one moment thinking that I was not going to be able to complete my last semester and graduate this May, to feeling that “YES, it is possible to complete my program and continue on.  This is possible because people like you work hard to help support students to reach their goals.  My family and I will never forget your assistance at this crucial time in our lives.  We will always be grateful.  You can be sure that once we are in a position to give back, we will surely and gladly be contributors in whatever way possible.

Tom, thank you for letting me know of other resources that are available that I was not aware of before.

Sincerely, the Burquez Family

Handwritten note expressing thanksThank you from Andrea Berning - 2013
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Dear Dr. Reed,

Thank you, the scholarship money it could not have come at a better time. Because I'm currently paying out of state tuition I was forced to make a payment plan for this and all other semesters I've attended Glendale Community College. The 250 dollars are going to be deposited in my school account and will help cover most of my payment for the month of November, which is an enormous help for my single parent, mom. The Maricopa College Faculty Foundation has made me realize that higher education is available for all student who have the motivation and appreciation for education. Once again thank you.


Wendy Respardo
October 29, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I find it difficult to find the right words to express my sincere appreciation for your generosity. However, I will do my best.

For you to understand how much what you have done for me means to me I feel you must first see the position I was in. I was in a severe economic situation due to having to leave an abusive relationship which ended in divorce. Because of the divorce I had to file for bankruptcy. I found myself in a catch twenty-two situation. I am on a special program through the Kingman Unified School District in which I am to complete a series of courses through Rio Salados on line school. This program, once completed grants me certification for teaching. I have been working full time and “attending” school full time for four years, as well as recently adjusting to being a single parent. If I was unable to acquire the funds needed for the books required for my final courses my window of opportunity to become a licensed and certified teacher for KUSD would have been revoked. Thus, all the years and work I’ve put into achieving my goal of becoming a teacher would have been for naught.

Your unbelievable generosity has turned the bleak into light. Because of your kindness I now see that light at the end of the tunnel. I am on track to reach my goals. You have altered my life in such a positive way.

With the Most Sincerest of Thanks,

Veronica Morris
September 27, 2012

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Dear Janice,

I greatly appreciate the help that you and the faculty have provided to me so I could try to get rid of this strep/tonsillitis. I have been battling this ailment for about two months and unfortunately now without insurance, it was becoming very hard to afford with my rent drawing near on the first. I now should be able to attend urgent care on Friday and hopefully get back on track to fighting this illness. I wouldn't be able to be on a fast track to recovery without your help, so I could not thank you and everyone involved enough for your support.


Michael T. Williams
March 28, 2012

I wanted to thank you for the $850 that paid for the outstanding balance of my tuition the Fall 2011 semester.  You have given me the opportunity to stay enrolled in school in order to continue my education and actively apply to Universities for Fall 2012.

I want to assure you that I'm working hard to give back to Mesa Community College and the community. I'm currently serving as Psi-Beta president (the national honors society in psychology for community and junior colleges), a member of Phi-Theta Kappa, and the honors college. I have been an active advocate in increasing membership and student interest within all organizations.

I, as well as Psi-Beta, am actively involved in student government. We are dedicated to working together with other club groups and organizations to promote and support one another. One of our successes, from teaming up with other clubs, has been passing a bill for the homecoming dance. We see this as an opportunity for Mesa students to gather and get to know one another in a fun and safe environment.  Also, we are currently working to preserve students social media rights. It’s our belief that if social media is restricted, students will spend less time on campus. This is not beneficial for students in many ways. The most important way being, it has been shown the less time students spend on campus then the less likely they are to complete their programs/degrees. Our goal is to keep students on campus and therefore active in school.

I'm also on student government’s president’s council. In council, club presidents gather to disburse information about up coming activities and receive updates on current events in senate. This has been a great liaison for informing Psi Beta club members about opportunities to get involved with student government, as well as other club groups and organizations.

Another interest that I've pursued is helping to create the "Honors Advisory Board". A few honors students and I are working together with Dr. Hertzler, Dr. Learner, and Dr. Russel to create a peer mentorship program for new incoming honor students. Some of the Honors Board goals within the mentorship program are to promote self-efficacy, retention, and overall satisfaction of the community college experience. Another goal of this group has been to build a more cohesive relationship between the honors societies, especially Psi-Beta, Phi-Theta Kappa, and the Honors College.

Overall this semester has been an invaluable experience that I will take with me for all the years that follow. I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded, supported, and involved with so many wonderful and influential people. I thank you Maricopa Faculty Foundation for giving me the opportunity to continue my education and to build a promising future for myself.


Crystal E. Pranke
October 6, 2011

520 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 2007 by the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association to help Maricopa Community College students reach their educational goals. Check with your tax advisor for deduction eligibility.

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