Five MCC students win Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships

During the first three years of the Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program at Metropolitan Community College, one service-minded Early College student received the honor annually.

But this year,  with support from the MCC Foundation, the program expanded: Five students, one from each campus, received a $500 award. To be eligible, students had to show evidence of leadership potential and an interest and involvement in service to the MCC community and beyond. They also had to have at least a 3.25 GPA.

2018 MLK scholarship recipients Daniel Garcia (from left), Katie Dailey, Savana Heffner, Joshua Everett and Christian Hernandez
The MLK scholarship recipients with MCC and MCC Foundation officials

The 2018 recipients, announced Jan. 19 at the Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship Awards Luncheon, are:

Katie Dailey, MCC-Blue River

Dailey, of Grain Valley, Mo., plans to become a social worker. “I want to make a positive impact on the lives of others and make the system a little more just,” she says in her MLK scholarship application. Already a veteran of several community service projects, Dailey plans to transfer to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. Once she obtains her bachelor’s degree, she’d like to return to rural Missouri to promote social welfare programs.

Katie Dailey (center) with MCC-Blue River president Dr. Jackie Gill (left) and Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Christian Hernandez, MCC-Business & Technology

Hernandez, of Independence, is an Early College student. He’ll graduate from Van Horn High School this spring. At MCC he’s studying computer-aided drafting and design. He plans to transfer to the University of Kansas and major in architecture. His community service includes tutoring elementary students at a school he once attended. “Serving my community has become a big part of who I am and it’s what I enjoy spending my time on the most,” he says.

Christian Hernandez with MCC-Business & Technology president Dr. Jackie Gill (left) and Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Savana Heffner, MCC-Longview

Heffner, of Lee’s Summit, is completing an MCC associate in arts degree with plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she’ll major in environmental studies. “I tested myself a lot in high school with what I could handle,” she writes. An example: She was one of just 26 students in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Lee’s Summit North. Her community service includes volunteering at the Red Racks Thrift Store where her mom works, and at an animal shelter.

Savana Heffner (center) with MCC-Longview president Dr. Kirk Nooks and Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Joshua Everett, MCC-Maple Woods

Everett, of Kansas City, is studying computer programming at MCC with plans to transfer to the University of Central Missouri. Ultimately he’d like to work at Cerner. His service experience includes feeding the homeless with a group called Tom’s Mission. He also tutors fellow students in math, and he’s a Student Ambassador. “The industry I was working in (manufacturing) started having stability issues, so I decided to return to school to change my career path.” Everett says the MLK honor is the first scholarship he has received.

MCC-Maple Woods deans David Oehler and Karen Moore (from left) with Joshua Everett and Chancellor Kimberly Beatty
Daniel Garcia, MCC-Penn Valley

Garcia, of Kansas City, hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in art education or fine arts. If he becomes a teacher, “I envision my students looking forward to my class as an escape from any environmental stressors.” As a senior at Lincoln College Prep he planned an event to pay homage to his teachers, including creating artistic “infographics” with each teacher’s likeness as well as hobbies and interests, “so students can know their teachers are human too.” Last summer, Garcia painted a mural of KC landmarks on the wall of a pawnshop.

Daniel Garcia with MCC-Penn Valley president Dr. Tyjaun Lee (left) and Chancellor Kimberly Beatty

The 2017 Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship recipient, Chebet Buckner, was featured in a video played at the Jan. 19 luncheon. Buckner is now a student at Hampton University in Virginia.


For more photos from the luncheon, click here and here for Facebook galleries.

For a link to KCTV5’s coverage of the luncheon, click here.

For a link to video of the luncheon program, click here.

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