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MCC Foundation Presents Heroes of Education Awards

(L-R) Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board Chair Russ Johnson, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation CEO Christina Schultz, and Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, present the Heros of Education Award to both the SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. and Scottsdale Community College President Jan Gehler who accepted the award on behalf of the Community.

On April 26, the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation hosted its 12th annual Heroes of Education celebration, which honors individuals who have a personal and professional commitment to supporting higher education and student success through its community colleges. The dinner was held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Selected as the 2017 Hero of Education was Ioanna Morfessis, Ph.D., president of IO.INC. and a top economic development professional with a strong history of service in the Valley, including serving as the first president/CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). She is also director of the Helios Education Foundation.

This year’s student scholarship recipients were Lauren Knickerbocker, from Glendale Community College, and Christopher Figueroa, from Paradise Valley Community College.

Staff of Maricopa Community College, students of Scottsdale Community College, SCC President Jan Gehler and SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. enjoy dinner at the SRPMIC table at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community received the College Heroes of Education Award on behalf of Scottsdale Community College. SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. and SCC President Jan Gehler, Ed.D., accepted the award, which is presented to organizations or companies that provide exceptional support and service to Maricopa Community Colleges.

The dinner, which also serves as a fundraiser for student scholarships, featured donations and a silent auction. Since its inception in 2006, the Heroes of Education program has raised $1.5 million in scholarship funds.

The SRPMIC is a Copper Sponsor of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.