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AACC Professor Sets Up Computer Tech Scholarship

Aug. 23, 2010
Education

      A former Anne Arundel Community College computer technology faculty member has established a scholarship to benefit students in his field.

      Steven F. Renz of Annapolis, an assistant professor of computer information systems who taught at AACC from 1997 to 2006, donated $2,000 to the AACC Foundation Inc. this past year to establish the annual scholarship. Among its duties, the foundation administers and coordinates more than 200 funds supporting institutional scholarships and college programs at AACC.

      “He hopes he made a significant impact on our students and is carrying out his legacy of caring for students through the scholarship,” said Sherri Meredith, assistant director of the foundation.

      Renz said he understands how hard the financial burden can be for some students, as he used financial aid to assist in financing his own education. Awards could occur annually, if enough funding is available. Renz set up the scholarship so others can contribute to it to benefit computer technology majors. To add to the scholarship, donors should reference the Renz Scholarship on the donation.

      The need for scholarships is great; the foundation awarded $511,177 to 474 students in FY 2009. He also made the scholarship part of his estate. Upon his death, Renz’ estate will provide enough funding to the foundation to convert the annual scholarship into an endowed scholarship.

      Recipients must demonstrate financial need as established by Student Financial Services and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Preference will go to computer technology majors.

      To contribute to the scholarship or for information, contact the foundation at 410-777-2515, e-mail foundation@aacc.edu or visit www.aacc.edu/foundation.

Caption for photo in upper right: Receiving the scholarship donation to the AACC Foundation Inc. are (from left) Sherri Meredith, assistant director, foundation; Shauna Chabot, director of development, foundation; Steven and Evie Renz of Annapolis.