Michael French passed away on August 29, 2004 after a two-year battle against leukemia. The Tidewater Community College Engineering Club, along with Mike’s parents, Michael French Sr. and Norma French, has established a memorial scholarship in his honor.
Mike French was a very active engineering student at Tidewater Community College. Mike was very outgoing and was well known among his fellow engineering students. His struggle to overcome his leukemia illness while completing engineering courses served as an inspiration of hope and leadership for all who knew him. He served as the TCC Engineering Club President during the 2001-2002 academic year and eagerly led the club in competitions, community service, and fundraising events. He was part of a team of nine TCC engineering students to travel to Montreal where their autonomous vehicle captured 3rd place in the 2002 ASEE Model Design Competition. Mike also provided leadership for a team of 25 TCC engineering students that built a huge structure out of over 9000 cans of food as part of the nationwide CANstruction competition. The structure was a memorial to the victims of the 9-11 tragedy and the food was later donated to the local food bank. Mike French’s commitment to the engineering program at TCC serves as an excellent example for future TCC engineering students.
Mike French was a 2000 graduate of Kellam High School, where he was active in both the marching and jazz bands. Additionally, he attended the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts at Old Dominion University, studying tenor saxophone. He also served as an emergency medical technician with the Sandbridge Rescue Squad and was a lifetime member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and served there as an altar boy.
The Michael J. French Jr. Memorial Engineering Scholarship Fund has been established to give financial assistance to excellent students pursuing careers in engineering through TCC’s Engineering program.
Information for Scholarship Applicants
Information for Potential Donors to the Scholarship Fund
2005 Scholarship Recipients
2006 Scholarship Recipients
2007 Scholarship Recipients
2008 Scholarship Recipients
more information, contact Paul Gordy by email at PGordy@tcc.edu