Student Achievement and
Donor Generosity at Recognition Ceremony
Windsor, N.J. -- At an event that brings together Mercer County
Community College's high achieving students and the donors
who help to make their education possible, there were smiles,
handshakes and applause all around. Approximately 240 guests
filled the cafeteria on the West Windsor campus for the Annual
Continuing Student Recognition Ceremony Oct. 18. A total of
136 students received scholarships, with 10 students receiving
the large crowd that included family members, faculty, MCCC
Foundation Board members, college administrators and staff,
MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue emphasized that the students
selected for these scholarships are some of the college's
most motivated learners, ones who often make major sacrifices
to attend college. She congratulated them and the families
who support their efforts.
Donohue also singled out Mercer's long list of generous donors.
"Our donors recognize the vital role of education in
improving lives," she said. "Through your support,
all of you play a role in helping these students learn and
succeed." MCCC Foundation Board members, under the leadership
of Chair E. Karen Kennedy, were recognized as well.
included Dr. Guy Generals, vice president for Academic Affairs,
Dr. Robin Schore, dean of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Linda Martin,
dean of Math, Science and Health Professions. Also participating
were program coordinators and other faculty members, and a
number of corporate and private donors who had an opportunity
to meet their student recipients.
Among the evening's highlights was the presentation of the
and Fannie Floyd Scholarship to adult student Gwendolyn Alexander,
who accepted her award accompanied by her grandson. The endowed
scholarship, funded by
the Floyds' large network of friends, honors
the couple for their charitable activities in the region over
many years. Mr.
Floyd currently serves as chair of the MCCC Foundation's Nominating
and Governance Committee.
A unique tradition at Mercer is the Chef Jacket Partnership
Scholarships. This year, nine restaurants and food service
companies contributed to the program. The scholarships cover
the cost of chef whites, as well as additional college expenses.
Each jacket is inscribed with the donor's logo and the student's
name. Participating companies include Blue Bottle Cafe, Duncan
Hines, Elements, Mercer Oaks Catering, RC Fine Foods, Sysco
Foods, Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Wegmans Food Markets and
Vlasic. Merrill Lynch and several private scholarship funds
provided support for four additional hospitality students.
students also benefitted from the major generosity of donors.
Ten students earned Architecture Scholarships, an endowment
effort spearheaded in the 1990s by retired architect and Foundation
Board member Jamil E. Faridy and MCCC's former Dean of Arts
and Communications, Dr. David Levin. Mr. Faridy also funds
a scholarship awarded annually in his name. The David R. Fraytak
Scholarship, established by architect and MCCC alumnus John
Veisz, honors Mr. Fraytak for his many years of service with
Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie P.C.
about giving opportunities at Mercer is available at the MCCC
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success stories here.
supporter Susan Colavita presents the James J. Colavita
Memorial Scholarship to Fine Arts student Ian Everson.
Emeritus Charles Prettyman, fifth from left, presents
Professor Emeriti Scholarships to, from left, Maria Dasana,
Linda Cruzeta and Dana Boso. They are pictured with Vice
President Guy Generals, far left, and President Patricia
Adult student Pamalli Prather, left, accepts the Ronald
J. Kopcho Scholarship from Nadia Kopcho, third from left,
and her family. The scholarship is presented annually
in memory of Mrs. Kopcho's late husband, the former dean
of the Liberal Arts Division and professor of Psychology.
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Floyd, third from left, presents the first Jim and Fannie Floyd
Scholarship to student Gwendolyn Alexander, second from left,
who is pictured with her grandson Kevin. Also pictured are Vice
President for Academic Affairs Guy Generals, left, and President
Patricia C. Donohoue.
hospitality students earned scholarships, including nine selected
for Chef Jacket Partnership awards.
right, Jamil E. Faridy has generously supported Mercer's Architecture
program. Pictured are, from left, Vice President Guy Generals,
Architecture awardees Carlos Bernabe, Joan Doremus, Hossam
Abostate (back), Cecilia Mauro, Bradley Dewey and Andrea Pesantez,
and President Patricia C. Donohue.
Regional President Kevin Tylus, fifth from left, presents
scholarships to Business students Jana Wolf, second from left,
Alena Pelesh, and Michael Bucci. They are pictured with Vice
President Generals and President Donohue
Wilfrid, of the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, presents a
scholarship to Radiography student Crystal Brandt. Brandt
was one of three students who earned Newcombe awards to pursue
degrees in nursing and other health professions.
Hollingsworth Scholarships are, from left, Veronica Werner,
Sekesha Pearson, Joseph Hyppolite, Robin Foose, Jessica Dzbenski,
Veronica Baffoe and Linda Cruzeta.
Bank's Madhu Kotta, fourth from left, presents scholarships
to students Paul Goldstein (second from left) and Jenna Callahan.
They are pictured with Vice President Guy Generals, far left,
and President Donohue.