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Students Have a Special Place in More Than Retired Professor’s Heart

Lesley and Bill Metz

Lesley and Bill Metz at the Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Bill and Lesley Metz have a unique affinity for Macomb Community College. During the more than 50 years that Bill taught economics here full time, Lesley would often accompany him to Center Campus during her hiatuses from teaching at Highland Elementary School.

“I’d drop him off in the morning and go shopping at Oakland Mall,” recalled Lesley. “Then, we’d have lunch at Center Stage (Macomb’s teaching) restaurant.”

Those pleasant memories were stirred last spring when the couple attended the Donor Appreciation Luncheon on Center Campus. The Metzes have become regular attendees of the event, hosted by the Macomb Community College Foundation. But this one was made even more special by the premiere of the scholarship they established this year.

The William and Lesley Metz Memorial Scholarship is an endowed fund (only the interest earned on the principal is awarded) for students who have demonstrated academic achievement or potential in a degree-credit program. Financial need is also a criterion, as is a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in either high school or college.

“My feelings are that one always needs to give back,” says Bill, who, with Lesley, has contributed each year to the MCC Foundation’s annual Employee Giving Campaign. “Having a concern for others is important.”

Toward that end, not only have the Metzes established the new scholarship, but they have also named the college as a beneficiary in their living trust. Financial planning is obviously something that the couple feels strongly about, which is not surprising considering Bill’s history at Macomb Community College.

In addition to teaching economics, he also taught accounting on a part-time basis for the business area before retiring two years ago. He encouraged his students to begin developing financial strategies while in college. In fact, he believes it was one of the most important lessons he taught them.

“Helping them develop their financial literacy, knowing what to do and when to do it, was one of the most rewarding parts of teaching,” says Bill. “Students would come back and tell me they were glad they had followed my advice.”

Now, he and Lesley are giving students much more than that.

“College has become so expensive,” Lesley notes. “We’re glad we can help.”

Build Your Macomb Community College Legacy

Like Bill and Lesley, you, too, can make a lasting impact on Macomb Community College and support our students through a gift in your estate plan. To learn more, please contact Brianna Bentley at 586.445.7302 or foundation@macomb.edu today.