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Student Reinvents Himself

Rick Neal first enrolled in college in 1988. He found himself in a sea of students – just one of many. “I had a textbook and a professor who lectured once a week and in most cases did not take an interest in me personally,” stated Rick. “I left after two years and never got a degree.”

Former Schoolcraft College Culinary Instructor Establishes $20,000 Scholarship

Leopold Schaeli, one of the first master chefs in the United States and a retired Schoolcraft College Culinary instructor, has donated $20,000 to the Schoolcraft College Foundation to fund a scholarship in his name for Culinary Arts students.

Former Faculty Leaves a Legacy and Receives Retirement Income

Back in 1964, Roger Sutherland was at a crossroads. He had the opportunity to teach at the University of Michigan or he could make a leap of faith to come to an upstart community college in Livonia, Michigan. After some deliberation, Roger chose the latter and never looked back. That upstart college was Schoolcraft and to this day, Roger reflects, “I was always very fortunate to be a part of the beginning of the college.”

Family honors mother’s legacy

When Monica Sullivan laughed, you couldn’t help laughing along. When times were tough at work, she would turn on a CD and lead her team in singing loudly to Simon and Garfunkel. When a student came to her needing help, she would give them a hug, hand them a tissue, and close her door to spend hours with them, until by the end they were both giggling. She was a dedicated, compassionate and loving professional, friend, wife, mother and grandmother, who committed her life to nursing and caring for others.

Student Pursues Dreams

Schoolcraft College student Dania Baraka has her sights set on going to medical school one day, and as the Foundation Scholar for 2014, having the majority of her school expenses paid off for two semesters by the scholarship she received really kept her on a path to reach her academic goals.

Former Scholarship Recipient Gives Back

When Marcia (Wright) Scarbrough graduated from high school in 1977, she had no idea what to do with her life. With her mother widowed, she was eligible for a special scholarship and decided to carpool daily to Schoolcraft College with two neighbors, with the hope that she would find direction for her life. “Schoolcraft gave children of widows money to go to college,” Scarbrough said. “They helped me out. When I graduated high school, I didn’t think I had a future at all.”

T.J. Frader

Many times an education at Schoolcraft College teaches you more than information – it teaches you about yourself. “That’s what happened to me,” said 2008 SC alumnus T.J. Frader. Download the PDF.

Mona Markabani

Markabani, a Schoolcraft College alum and Michael Bettley Fire Academy Scholarship recipient, has gone on to become Lincoln Park Fire Department’s second female, first Arab-American, and youngest firefighter. Download the PDF.

Donald Bryans, 2012

I may have the degree from this decade but I started in the mid 90’s in a NAEC apprenticeship program that the state shutdown before I could finish it. Donald Bryans’ Story Graduated with a Associates in Applied Science Computer Aid Mechanical Design in May of 2012. I may have the degree from this decade […]

Profiles of Excellence – Derrick Davenport

When I was at Schoolcraft, Master Chef Jeff Gabriel would tell us wonderful stories about his life on a navy ship. He had amazing stories about the places he visited. I was really intrigued. Download the PDF.

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