On Friday, August 22, GRCC hosted the annual Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship (TOTS) luncheon. TOTS recipients were invited to bring a family member, spouse, or personal friend to the luncheon. This year, ten recipients and their guests were honored. Attending the luncheon were members of the Teachers of Teachers faculty group, members of the Early Childhood/Education Department, and representatives from the GRCC Administration and Foundation. In all, thirty-five people celebrated the accomplishments of the awardees.
Dr. Becky Brinks, Department Head of the Early Childhood/Education Department and Dr. Mike Vargo, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the luncheon guests. TOTS Coordinator, Dr. Joseph Hesse, acted as emcee for the event. Dr. Hesse shared the history of the TOTS program for the honorees and their guests. Scholarship recipients learned that money for their scholarships comes from endowed scholarships given by current and retired faculty and staff, college supporters from the West Michigan community, and the Peter Wege Foundation. The scholarship funds are invested under the guidance of the GRCC Foundation with a portion of the interest being awarded each year. This year, the TOTS Committee was able to award over $20,000 in scholarships. Mrs. Carole Redwine, retired English professor and member of the TOTS Committee, also congratulated the recipients and reminded them of the scholarship committee’s expectations as student leaders during the 2014-2015 school year.
Following lunch, Mr. Steve Abid, this year’s keynote speaker, inspired and entertained the group with stories from his many years as an educator. Mr. Abid is a past recipient of the GRCC Excellence in Education Award who is committed to the teaching profession. Following the keynote speech, Dr. Brinks and Dr. Vargo assisted in awarding scholarship certificates to each of the awardees. The luncheon concluded with a “team” picture of the recipients and the Teachers of Teachers group.