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Carol McLaughlin

Carol McLaughlin credits her career success to her experience at Macomb and created a scholarship as a way to give back.

Carol McLaughlin has a green thumb and a grateful heart. That’s why this avid gardener is committed to growing a community as healthy as her hydrangeas and marigolds.

A Macomb Community College alumna, Carol credits her associate degree for the full-time job with benefits that helped her provide for her two children following a divorce. She is now a grandmother of two pre-teens and a fervent supporter of education.

“I am so glad that Macomb was available to me,” says Carol, who returned to college after being a stay-at-home mom for her son and daughter, both college graduates. “It made my career possible.”

And that career was a long and successful one in the financial management office of Shelby Township, where she stayed until her retirement a few years ago. Establishing the Carol McLaughlin Career Scholarship at Macomb in 2014 was her way of saying thank you.

“I read the applications of these students and it just tugs at my heart strings,” says Carol. “The need is there, and I’m just thankful that I can make a difference.”

The scholarship that she planted at Macomb is for students enrolled in a two-year program that leads directly to a career, including those in engineering and advance technology, and health and public service. Special consideration is given to applicants who have been involved in community service projects, reflecting Carol’s belief in the importance of volunteerism. She served on Shelby Township’s beautification committee for more than 15 years and since last fall has been delivering food to the elderly for Meals on Wheels.

“I regard the scholarship as a way to encourage and reward those who are involved in their communities,” says Carol. “I know it has been very gratifying to me. With the Meals on Wheels program, I meet shut-ins who have no contact with the outside world. They are always so happy to see me.”

And just like her volunteer work, Carol’s scholarship is making life a little brighter for some deserving college students, who now don’t have to worry about incurring debt as they earn their degree. “I’m so happy that Macomb is in our area and giving students these opportunities to get good jobs,” says Carol. “Macomb is a quality school and this is my way of encouraging others to take advantage of it.”

At the annual Donor Recognition Luncheon held in the spring, Carol met the two most recent recipients of her generosity. And the experience, she says, “just made me want to do more.”

Create a Bright Future

Like Carol, you can make a gift to help Macomb Community College students pursue their dreams. Contact Christina S. Ayar at and 586.445.7302 to learn more.

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