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Newly endowed scholarship honors memory of Gracie Czarnik

A newly-endowed scholarship has been started by The Foundation at Monroe County Community College.

The Graceful Memories Scholarship was endowed through donations from family and friends in memory of Gracie E. Czarnik. Endowed scholarship funds allow for scholarships to be awarded in perpetuity.

Gracie of Monroe was preparing for her sophomore year at Monroe High School when she died in 2017, at the age of 15.

“Her family and friends established the Graceful Memories Scholarship in her memory to assist a student from Monroe County who shared Gracie’s interest in a career in medicine,” The Foundation said.

The first annual scholarship was awarded in 2020.

“Gracie’s family and friends began by making an annual donation for a scholarship and quickly grew it into an endowed fund, which requires a minimum of $20,000,” Dr. Joshua W. Myers, executive director of The Foundation at MCCC, said. “With endowed funds, scholarships or programs are awarded based on the interest and earnings of the fund. This allows for ongoing awards, in this case in the form of scholarships, to be made in perpetuity.”

Gracie’s family and friends host an annual golf outing in her honor that helped them raise the funds to establish and grow the Graceful Memories Scholarship.

Gracie was very involved in a variety of student groups at MHS, including the school’s choir and Project Unify, which fostered friendships between students with disabilities and those without.

“She was looking forward to serving as a Trojan Mentor to incoming freshmen at MHS. She had a natural affinity for children and had hoped to pursue a career in medicine as a pediatrician,” The Foundation said.

“Gracie had many family and friends, not only at MHS, but throughout the county. That is why we want the scholarship to be available to anyone in Monroe County interested in pursuing a career in healthcare like she had planned,” Gracie’s sister, Brianna Czarnik, said. “Establishing the Graceful Memories Scholarship and working toward its growth is a way for our family to carry her memory on. Helping someone else achieve a similar dream to what she wanted is very comforting, and it has been a big part of our recovery.”

The Graceful Memories Scholarship is one of more than 200 scholarships The Foundation at MCCC is able to offer students each year. More than $400,000 in scholarships are available for the 2022-23 academic year. Online applications are accepted through March 1.

For more information and to apply now for scholarships. Current and prospective MCCC students can go to www.monroeccc.edu/scholarships.

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