A $2.25 million gift to the Monroe Community College Foundation from alumni Robin and Timothy Wentworth will provide full scholarships to 40 MCC students each year. The gift is the largest in the college’s history.
“Tim and I hope this scholarship empowers students who can someday help others in a similar fashion,” said Robin Wentworth who earned an associate degree from MCC in 1980.
The historic gift will establish the Wentworth Family Scholarship program at MCC, an endowed fund that gives students opportunities to start their college education. The first group of Wentworth Family Scholars, aspiring computer scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals from across our community, were present at the gift announcement on Thursday afternoon.
“Through their remarkable and visionary commitment to MCC, Robin and Tim Wentworth have enabled our students to set their educational goals and expectations higher—to pursue their dreams, complete their degrees, and, most importantly, chart futures as valued professionals and community leaders,” said MCC President Anne M. Kress. “We thank them for their historic gift and for inspiring others to keep their connection to MCC and our community strong.”
Originally from Rochester, the Wentworths were the first in their families to attend college. “Robin and I didn’t have the choice not to engage if we wanted a better life,” said Timothy Wentworth, who transferred to Cornell University to study business administration following his studies at MCC and went on to succeed in the pharmaceuticals industry. “MCC was our chance. Our chance to transfer to a four-year school. Our chance to have a career,” he said.
This is not the first time the Wentworths have given back to MCC. In 2009, they established a scholarship fund for business and music majors. They also gave the college a Steinway piano on which students learn, compose and perform.
The Wentworths will receive the MCC Foundation’s Salute to Excellence Award for their leadership and philanthropy toward higher education.