MCC Graduate Committed to Giving Back to College & Community

(Bradenton, Fla., May 6, 2005) - Graduating Manatee Community College (MCC) sophomore Matthew Fournier, 20, came to MCC with a commitment to excel in the classroom. When he was named a student ambassador, he found a calling to go beyond the classroom to "give something back" to his college and community. Chosen as this year's student speaker for commencement exercises to be held May 13 at the Manatee Convention Center, the honors student has achieved his goals.

A graduate of Manatee High School who earned an associate in arts degree at MCC, Fournier received a $1,000 Stephen J. Korcheck Academic Achievement Award from the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton that was named for the College's third president.  Fournier has been on the President's List, the Dean's List and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. He was the only student representative selected to serve on an Orientation Cross-Functional Committee charged with revamping the orientation process for new MCC students. A student assistant in the college's office of enrollment services, he also did an internship with a local dentist and voluntarily completed a challenging teeth-restoration project for skulls used as teaching tools at MCC.

Fournier has been a willing tutor to fellow MCC students. This summer, he hopes to participate in a mission trip with local dentists. A volunteer coach at Manatee High School, Fournier also works with a Bradenton church's youth group.

"My college experience has been an invaluable asset to my life. I feel blessed that I have had the chance to experience so many life-changing events and touch so many lives both on and off campus," said Fournier.

Fournier graduates summa cum laude from MCC with a 3.9 grade point average. He will pursue a degree in microbiology at the University of Florida (UF) and then a degree in dentistry. He already has been selected as a student ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UF.


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