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Scholarship Donors Meet Recipients
2009 Doerler Scholarship presentation
(from left) MCCC Ornamental Horticulture Assistant Professor Amy Ricco, Bill Doerler, scholarship recipient/student Jonathan Barrera, Steve Doerler
  2009 Kopcho Scholarship presentation
(from left) Kopcho daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Jay Wendel, Nadia Kopcho, scholarship recipient/student Sean Scott; (front) Anna and Ella Wendel
Mary Monroe Doerler Scholarship
given to a female student at least 25 years old or a current employee of the Doerler Lanscape Company studying in any field of Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Science.
Bill Doerler, owner of Doerler Landscapes, established the Mary Monroe Doerler Scholarship in memory of his first wife, who died in 1982. Mrs. Doerler had returned to college at Mercer part-time to study horticulture while working in the family business.

"She had been a teacher and I thought it would be nice to award a scholarship to working women who return to school to get a degree in horticulture," Mr. Doerler explains. He later amended the scholarship requirements so that employees of Doerler Landscapes might also benefit.

The 2009-2010 recipient is Jonathan Barrera, a Doerler employee who loves his work and is happy to have the opportunity to study in his field.
Ronald J. Kopcho Memorial Scholarship
in memory of the former dean of the Liberal Arts Division and professor of Psychology, given to a continuing student in the Humanities and Social Science program with an interest in psychology.
Mrs. Nadia Kopcho established the scholarship named for her husband shortly after his death in 1998. "I wanted Ron's name to be remembered at Mercer. He was devoted to the college and to helping students," she says, recalling how her husband often would leave the house at 6 a.m. and stay on campus well into the evening to teach night classes. "It was a fulfilling life for him. I wanted to honor that."

Mrs. Kopcho was particularly inspired by 2009-2010 Kopcho Scholarship recipient Shawn Scott. "He is a special young man. He and his family expressed their gratitude." Scott plans to pursue a career in psychology and possibly teach at the college level one day.

"I want my granddaughters to know this is for their grandfather," Mrs. Kopcho notes.

Robert Bonazzi presents a scholarship to Jacqueline Colon, who is majoring in Biology with plans to be a science teacher.

Kathleen Hansen presents the Lance F. Memorial Scholarship to Rajief Jobson, an Aviation Flight Technology student who is completing his Commercial Instrument Rating.

Marilyn Rodriguez receives an accounting scholarship from Dave Misiura on behalf of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mark Ross, studying Fire Science and an active volunteer with Fire District No. 4 in Hamilton, receives the John M. Mainzer III Memorial Scholarship from donor Joan Mainzer.

Urban League President Johnnie Mae Page presents a scholarship to Kerney Campus student Jacqueline Negron, who hopes to one day help AIDS patients and their families.

For her goal of becoming a CPA, Pazit Kaplan earned a scholarship from the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, presented by NJSCPA's Lisa Thouin.

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