Recent Skyline High School graduate Mustafa Alhefady has tinkered around on cars since seventh grade. What started as a hobby with his dad has turned into a promising career path. After researching top automotive technician programs, he decided to pursue his education at WCC and enrolled this Fall.
With help from the Procassini Honors Scholarship, the 2023 high school graduate is on his way to a world of opportunities in the fast-changing auto industry.
The scholarship is based on academic achievements or outstanding accomplishments in high school. Alhefady participated in the competitive business magnet program at Skyline and was a four-year member of the football team, serving as captain his senior year.
His Procassini scholarship pays full tuition for the Fall and Winter semesters, as well as $300 in textbooks each semester. The award may be renewed in full for a second year if academic criteria are met.
The Procassini is among three types of honor scholarships WCC bestows upon graduates from Washtenaw County high schools. The Procassini and the President’s Honor scholarships are typically presented to six students from the larger schools. Fifty Excellence Scholarships are awarded each year worth $3,000 for the Fall and Winter semesters.
In the 2021-2022 academic year, WCC awarded a total of $812,785 in scholarships, including $496,562 to recent high school graduates.
“I’m thankful for the Procassini Scholarship because it pays my tuition in full and even covers books. This saves my family a lot of money and sets me up for learning more about a career I already know I’m going to love,” Alhefady says.
Alhefady was drawn to WCC for its reputation in the community, welcoming faculty and staff, and proximity to home.
He initially enrolled to complete the Automotive Services Technician certificate but has been inspired to complete an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree - Transportation Technologies. He sees himself working at a dealership after he graduates and plans to one day open his own shop with his friends who have also attended WCC.
This story appears in the Winter 2024 edition of Launch magazine. See complete issue.