Five area students have been selected to receive the Otis and Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year, according to the Garden City Community College Endowment Association.
The five recipients include:
- Taylin Ansel, Lakin High School
- Adison George, Holcomb High School
- Rilee McGraw, Garden City High School
- Brady Schmeeckle, Ingalls High School/Current GCCC Student
- Jaycee Stewart, Garden City High School/Current GCCC Student
The Molz scholarship provides full tuition and fees for up to 16 credit hours per semester at GCCC.
The scholarship fund, established in 2014, is made possible by the largest donation made by a living donor to the GCCC Endowment Association. The fund provides full tuition and standard fees for Garden City Co-op employees, members, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren. A committee comprised of members from the Garden City Co-op selects the final recipients of the award each year.
In 2014, the Molz couple committed to continue making contributions to the endowed scholarship fund until it met maturity at $500,000.
As these were the largest academic scholarships that GCCC’s Endowment Association would award each year, the Garden City Co-op also committed to contributing an additional $15,000 per year through 2024, to keep up with inflation and tuition increases.
The Molz’ affiliation with CoBank also resulted in the bank’s additional $10,000 contribution to the scholarship fund. When the principal amount is fully funded, it will support as many as six full scholarships annually.
Otis and Mary Lee Molz have spent much time and effort in the creation, direction, establishment, and support of cooperatives both in Kansas and in Latin America, where the couple traveled to provide education and training in agribusiness to developing cooperatives in the region.
Otis and Mary Lee were honored with the “Donor Lifetime Achievement Award” from the GCCC Endowment Association in 2016, in recognition of the generous financial support they have given to the GCCC students.
For more information contact GCCC Endowment Director, Jeremy Gigot, at 620-276-6570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.