Scholarship donors, students honored

The Mohave Community College Foundation recently honored its Kingman donors and scholarship recipients. From left are Tom Spear, executive vice president of the Historic Route 66 Association; Ashley Ketchner, nursing graduate; and Kerry Raymond, MCCF Kingman chapter vice president. /Courtesy

The Mohave Community College Foundation recently honored its Kingman donors and scholarship recipients. From left are Tom Spear, executive vice president of the Historic Route 66 Association; Ashley Ketchner, nursing graduate; and Kerry Raymond, MCCF Kingman chapter vice president. /Courtesy

KINGMAN - After years of driving a truck and training others to drive, Wyatt Logan enrolled in Mohave Community College to begin a new career as a teacher.

He is expected to finish his associate's degree in the fall and plans to continue his education to earn bachelor's and master's degrees. His efforts at MCC, Logan said, are especially important to him as a role model for his son.

Logan was one of the scholarship recipients honored by the Mohave Community College Foundation during its Eighth Annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon on April 21 on MCC's Neal Campus-Kingman.

The event recognizes donors and scholarship recipients in Kingman and the difference scholarships make in students' lives.

Dr. James Franken, director of education for Kingman Regional Medical Center, says KRMC support for MCC "just makes sense for the hospital and the community."

With KRMC's support of student nurse scholarships, the hospital is trying to "grow more nurses locally," he said.

Ashley Ketchner is now a KRMC nurse in the medical surgical unit. A December 2014 MCC graduate, Ketchner received a scholarship from the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. Tom Spear, the association's executive vice president, said he believes the partnership between the association and MCC is a "natural marriage."

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona "teaches us that education is important to the community and its sustainability," he said. "MCC is taking local people and providing skills for local businesses. Businesses don't have to look outside the area for talent."