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VCC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honors L. Patrick Markovich
The VCC Foundation Board selected L. Patrick “Pat” Markovich as the recipient of the 2014 award for his outstanding accomplishments and exceptional commitment to the law enforcement field. The Lifetime Achievement Award was announced at the VCC Foundation’s annual scholarship awards banquet on April 24 at the Grand Ely Lodge. Markovich was unable to travel to Ely for the banquet; however he prepared an acceptance speech which was read by Vermilion’s Law Enforcement Program Coordinator, Jim Christensen.
Pat Markovich is an Ely Memorial High School graduate and a Navy veteran. He attended Ely Junior College under the GI bill, graduating in 1948. He was a member of the Ironmen football team. Pat served with the FBI for 32 years.
When he learned about Vermilion’s Law Enforcement program, he established the Joseph and L. Patrick Markovich Scholarship Endowment Fund. Joseph was Pat’s father who was with the Ely Police Dept for 44 years, the last 17 as Chief of Police. In the five years since the scholarship’s inception, 10 scholarships totaling $27,500 have been awarded.
In 2004, the VCC Foundation Board of Directors established the Lifetime Achievement Award to annually honor a graduate of Ely Junior College or Vermilion Community College who has made a significant local, regional statewide, or national contribution. According to VCC Foundation Executive Director Patti Zupancich, “The award demonstrates the important role Vermilion plays in the academic, career, and civic development of our graduates.”
Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients were Simon Bourgin (2004), Jim Klobuchar (2005), Milt Stenlund (2006), Larry Klun (2007), Lee Anderson and Pat Groom (2008), Chip Elkins (2009), Dr. Luke Lukas (2010), John Artisensi (2011), Everett Laitala (2012), and Theresa Popesh and Dr. Stefan Kapsch (2013).