9th Annual Medina Family scholarships presented

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Contributed photo — Pictured are the winners of the Medina Family Scholarship: Alex Neri, Aunt Htoo Aung, Ryan Bond, Alejandro Veintimilla, Ximena Velez Bustos, Subin Ha, David Montano Gomez, Santiago Rios Nino, Andres Gutierrez Mendoza, Ian Franchini, Ka Dwee Paw, Ireland Sebetka and Marcus Lima.
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By Times-Republican

Students are often struggling to make ends meet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have big dreams for the future. For the ninth year, Alfonso Medina has addressed both finances and dreams with his scholarship program. Students write an essay about “What the American Dream Means to Me” to be considered for a scholarship at Marshalltown Community College.

“I am very humbled by all the support received to make this possible. I want to thank everyone who has shown support by either calling us, dining-in, ordering carry-out or purchasing our No Love, No Tacos merchandise. Thanks to you all, we can continue to invest back into the community that helps keep our doors open. Keeping our money local while providing and easing the opportunity for students to attend our community college and pursue a higher education, has been very rewarding,” Alfonso Medina Jr. said. This scholarship is funded by two family-owned businesses in town, La Carreta Mexican Grill and El Portal Mexican Restaurant.

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Recipients selected this year include: Alex Neri, Aunt Htoo Aung, Ryan Bond, Alejandro Veintimilla, Ximena Velez Bustos, Subin Ha, David Montano Gomez, Santiago Rios Nino, Andres Gutierrez Mendoza, Ian Franchini, Ka Dwee Paw, Ireland Sebetka and Marcus Lima.

Medina congratulated the students and told those in attendance that he insists on the essay because he loves to write and really enjoys reading the submitted essays. This year he was fortunate to be able to award every student who submitted an essay.

For donors who are inspired by the Medina family’s generosity to contribute to or establish scholarship funds are encouraged to contact the MCC Foundation for more information at 641-844-5748 or [email protected]. Gifts to the MCC Foundation are always tax-exempt.

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