Zach Sumner, the President of the Board of OCCC Alumni and Friends Association, is a Legislative Senior Finance Analyst. Zach was studying philosophy and accounting at OCCC and graduated in 2013. “Studying at OCCC is the best time in my life and it changed my life for the good,” said Zach. “I was working at Student Life while I was in school, I learned to write grants and lead a project on campus. I also made some great friends over there, and we are still close today.”
Zach has been a Board member of OCCC Alumni and Friends Association for 4 years, and just became the President in 2020. During the presidency, his goal is to raise more money for the scholarship fund. “Covid has ruined so many of our plans, however. The cornerstone of the Alumni and Friends Association is to honor outstanding alumni, represent OCCC is an exceptional way, and providing funds to the scholarship, so we are planning to launch more fundraising events, for instance, Pet Calendar, in order to provide more scholarships.”
The most exciting news about Zach is that he recently made a gift of $10,000, and build an endowment for “Kathleen Sumner Endowed Scholarship.” This scholarship was established to honor Kathleen Sumner, Zach’s mother. Kathleen did not have the opportunity to attend college after high school. She admired those who did, and never gave up the dream of being a college student. After age 60, she enrolled in community college courses and is thriving academically. This is the reason Zach wishes to honor his mother by establishing a scholarship in her name. This scholarship is going to support scholarships for nontraditional students at OCCC who have successfully completed at least 3 credit hours at OCCC, have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need through typical financial aid processes. Preference will be given to students who have never been to college or who have not been a student for an extended time.