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2024 FA "Follow Your Dream" Scholarship 

The FA "Follow Your Dream" Scholarship provides funding opportunities for all MCC students with a focus on those who are not only successful in their studies but balance their off-campus responsibilities such as multiple jobs, elder care, child care, housing insecurity, health issues, etc. Thanks for your continued support of this scholarship and our students! 

How to Donate Directly to the FA Scholarship?

1) In-person (FA Office 7-205) via cash or check (checks made payable to Faculty Association) Memo: Scholarship Fund

2) Via mail:

MCC Faculty Association

Attn: Sonja Lenhard

1000 East Henrietta Rd.

Rochester, NY 14623

Who are this year's Scholarship Honorees?

This year we have two scholarships. The honoree for the FA "Follow Your Dream" scholarship is the late Rochelle Watson-Payne and our new scholarship is "The Matt Hachee Memorial Scholarship", in honor of the late Matt Hachee.

Rochelle Watson

Rochelle joined MCC in 2004 as a technical assistant in the Integrated Learning Center. She was promoted to full-time instructor then to assistant professor in Transitional Studies. Rochelle achieved associate professorship in 2018.  Rochelle made a positive impact on her students by always keeping their best interests at the forefront, providing an enhanced and rewarding learning experience. 

Rochelle’s colleague and friend, Tokeya C. Graham, describes her as “a bright light who advocated on behalf of her students throughout her career, on campus and off. Rochelle was a dedicated educator who believed that education was a significant way forward for all student learners. A gifted scholar, a talented writer, and a compassionate citizen, Rochelle was the embodiment of a beneficial presence.” 

Matt Hachee

Matt joined MCC in 2003 as an instructor teaching Philosophy. In 2013, he achieved associate professorship. Matt had the ability to explain complex abstract ideas and make complicated topics accessible for students in his introductory-level classes. His energy and enthusiasm in the classroom were invigorating and infectious.

Matt was a valuable contributor not only to his department but to the entire College community.  He was a founding member of the Sixth Act and the Scholars’ Day Committee. He was active in the Honors institute; the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Project; and served on Faculty Council for many years.

Both Rochelle and Matt made a lasting impact on students, employees, and the entire MCC community.


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