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A $1 million gift to Henry Ford College from the estate of one of its alumni will fund scholarships for needy students.

College officials announced Tuesday the gift from the late Arthur Kochoff, who earned three associate degrees and one certification from the school.

The bequest is one of the single largest gifts in the college’s 76-year history, officials said.

Kochoff, who died Feb. 19, 2014 at the age of 97, was a manufacturing engineer who began his career in 1939 on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn.

While attending Henry Ford College, Kochoff earned a certificate in Related Trade Industry (RTI)-Industrial Manufacturing in 1971 and associate degrees in commerce in 1978, science in 1982 and general art in 1985.

“We are very honored and humbled that Mr. Kochoff was kind enough to think of the college in his will,” A. Reginald Best, HFC vice president of Development said in a news release Tuesday. “Many students who could not afford higher education will now be able to, thanks in great measures to his generosity.”

Kochoff and his late wife, Mary, were well known in Dearborn for their philanthropic efforts, officials said.

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