Mesa Community College student Michelle Rose was presented with the John Ohl Memorial Scholarship award in a ceremony honoring former MCC history professor, John Ohl.

The event celebrated the role that John Ohl played and continues to play at MCC as a scholar who inspired everyone whose lives he touched. John’s wife, Maria, and daughter, Jocelyn, were on hand at the ceremony and presented Michelle with a copy of one of John’s books, “Hugh S. Johnson and The New Deal.” The book is one of three books authored by John, who began teaching at MCC in the ‘70s. 

Michelle is an Honors student and journalism major at MCC. Her projected graduation date from MCC is in the fall of 2013. She plans to transfer to Arizona State University to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Michelle said she feels honored to be the first recipient to receive the scholarship.

“Receiving this honor reinforces that I am capable of earning a degree,” Rose said. “It’s the confidence boost I needed to stay focused on my goals.”

To learn more about establishing a scholarship fund at MCC or to contribute to an existing fund, visit www.mesacc.edu/development