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Few gifts make as much of a statement as those given to memorialize or honor someone. Not only do students benefit from the generosity of those who give, but special people are recognized and remembered for lifetimes to come; it's a double-bonus.

Scholarships given in memory of loved ones speak volumes about the values of those we remember. And gifts given to celebrate milestones in someone's life—a birthday, anniversary, special accomplishment – not only honor the individual, but benefit students at the college whose lives can be profoundly transformed as the recipients of such gifts.

The WCC Foundation is happy to create special certificates that can be given, in lieu of gifts, to those who are honored through a tribute gift. For more information about making a Memorial or Tribute gift, contact Cindy Houts, WCC Foundation Financial Analyst, via email at or via phone at 734-973-3664.

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By the time Charlotte Miettunen Hanson turned 75 she had all the "things" that she wanted. She also had a lot of close friends who shared her desire to give back to the community.

Turning 75 is a milestone definitely worth celebrating and her friends decided that the best way to honor her three quarters of a century was to contribute to something that would leave a lasting legacy.

"My friends, unbeknownst to me, made a collection of several hundred dollars and added it to the WCC scholarship that I established last year," says Charlotte. "It was the neatest thing for them to do."

Charlotte began her affiliation with the College in 1966 as a part time English, speech and broadcasting instructor.

"When the College opened they anticipated about 600 students to enroll. Instead they had over 1200 students. They had to hire instructors in a hurry. Back then we all felt like pioneers," remembers Charlotte.

After she retired in 1988, Charlotte has stayed connected to the College by attending classes. She also travels as much as she can. She established the Charlotte Miettunen Hanson Scholarship because she believes in the mission of the College and the spirit in which it was founded.

Charlotte still feels as close to the College as she did before she retired, and she remembers her students fondly and the difference she made in their lives. "Some students are apprehensive about college and some need a second chance. I am pleased to be able to support them with this scholarship."