SIDNEY– Montcalm Community College’s Director of Financial Aid, Becky Powell, recently was honored by her peers for her commitment to the betterment of financial aid administration during her 37-year career.
Powell, of Cedar Springs, received a State of Michigan Special Tribute, signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, 70th District State Representative Mike Huckleberry, 33rd District State Senator Alan Cropsey and 68th District State Representative Joan Bauer, during the recent Michigan Financial Aid Association Summer Conference at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich.
“Powell’s numerous efforts in student financial aid demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunities to Michigan’s youth,” the tribute stated. “Her example will long be appreciated by all who have come into contact with her.”
The tribute recognized Powell for her leadership as chairwoman of the association’s early awareness committee. In this role, Powell worked to create Michigan College Goal Sunday to assist students in completing the forms necessary to apply for financial aid. With her assistance, the program has expanded from 10 to 30 sites across the state.
“This acknowledgement was a wonderful gift to me,” Powell said. “I believe that we are all on this Earth for a purpose and that purpose is to make this world a better place for present and future generations. In attempting to fulfill that purpose for my life, my desire has always been to help others. I believe that this recognition gives me hope that I have accomplished a small part of my purpose for being on this Earth.”
“I am humbled and very much appreciate this honor,” she said.
Powell earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Jordan College in 1979, where she also served as Director of Financial Aid from 1973 through 1993 before joining MCC’s team in December 1993. Powell will retire from MCC on Aug. 31.
“Becky has been a consistent source of professionalism and service to our students,” said MCC President Bob Ferrentino. “She is truly a caring helpful person with a genuine interest in students’ welfare, and she has demonstrated that time and again during her 17 years with the college.”