2022 Award Winner: Trimell Hawkins
For Trimell Hawkins, Grand Rapids Community College’s first Young Alumni Award recipient, GRCC "is more than a school: it's a pathway to the future."
The new award recognizes alumni ages 40 and younger for their community or civic contributions, service in support of GRCC, and exceptional accomplishments in their profession.
Since graduating from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in 2015, Hawkins has put his personal stamp on menus throughout West Michigan. He credits the foundation the culinary program gave him for his success and says the “quick fire” challenges were one of his favorite things to do.
About the Young Alumni Award
The GRCC Young Alumni Award will be awarded to an alumnae or alumnus who is under the age of 40 as of Dec 31 in the year submitted. This award recognizes an outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves at this stage of life through:
- Exceptional accomplishment in their chosen profession.
- Exceptional community or civic service.
- Exceptional service in support of GRCC.
The Young Alumni Award was created in 2021 and will first be awarded in 2022 to recognize GRCC Alumni identified as being outstanding in their professions and to present such alumni to current GRCC students as examples of exceptional achievement and hard work.
The Young Alumni Award will be given out during homecoming week, honored during the week and highlighted during the halftime of the athletic game. The Young Alumni Award winner will also be highlighted in the commencement program in the same school year that the Young Alumni Award was awarded.
2022-2023 winner will be honored on October 7. The deadline to submit is Sept 9.