Dr. Childe’s unique award honors terminally ill Havasu woman who has worked tirelessly for college, its students

MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College has announced a new financial award for one graduating student each year thanks to a unique endowment provided by Dr. James H. Childe.


The recipient will be provided $10,000 to use however he or she wishes, though it is hoped the money would be applied to continuing education or student loan pay down.

An MCC web post indicated that the annual student award is made possible by an endowment gift from Childe to honor his friend, Kathy Hodel, a Lake Havasu City woman who has long worked in support of the college, its programs and students.

MCC President Michael Kearns announced the award today, Jan. 12, at the board of trustees meeting held at the Kingman campus.

 “Dr. Childe, a retired attorney and MCC instructor, gave nearly a quarter-million dollars to establish this endowment,” said MCC in a statement. “He chose to use this gift as a way to honor outstanding students and Kathy Hodel for her countless hours and efforts working to help MCC and our local communities. Kathy was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer in 2013. She asks that everyone remember the importance of service before self, and do what you can to help worthy causes in your own community.” 

Award Eligibility

Students applying for the $10,000 award must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Resident of Mohave County;

3.7 cumulative GPA or higher;

Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of community service in the 12 months just prior to application;

Participation as an officer, or other leadership role, in a Mohave Community College group, such as a student club;

Graduate in the fall or spring of the academic year of the award.

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