Among the members of the “Spring Into Student Success!” steering committee are Nina Melker (Berkshire Bank) and Mercer County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita Jr. (front), co-chairs; Ed Gwazda, Executive Director of the MCCC Foundation; Peggy Iucolino (PNC Bank); Foundation Chair Jeri Bogen Zielinski (Educational Testing Service), and Pat Hartpence (New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance).
WEST WINDSOR – As Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) year-long 50th anniversary celebration draws to a close, the MCCC Foundation will host its annual spring scholarship fundraiser “Spring Into Student Success!” on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Road in Hamilton.
Now in its 28th year, all proceeds from the celebratory event support student scholarships. Event co-chairs are Nina D. Melker, senior vice president at Berkshire Bank, and Mercer County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita Jr.
“Today’s college students face financial challenges that didn’t even exist a few short years ago,” Melker said. “But through our collective efforts, we have the power to help them attend college and achieve their goals.”
Each year the MCCC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to high-achieving and financially-qualified students, including non-traditional students, part-time students, and single parents. Many students benefit from endowed or named scholarships established by donors through the Foundation. This year alone, nearly $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded. According to Colavita, all is made possible through partnerships forged throughout the community.
“The Spring Into Student Success event represents what’s best about Mercer County – community partners coming together for the benefit of MCCC students with the focus on helping them achieve their personal and professional objectives,” Colavita said.
This year’s event features a formal dinner, including hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, coffee and desserts, live music by the Meg Hanson Band with Billy Hill, and a silent auction. The evening will include an awards presentation honoring outstanding contributions and service to MCCC, including two special Presidential Awards in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary.
Businesses and community members are invited to participate through corporate sponsorships, advertisements in the program book, silent auction donations, and tickets to the event. For more information, visit www.mccc.edu/siss, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Michelle Hoffman at (609) 570-3616.
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