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MCCC Scholarship Recipients, Donors Are Recognized and Applauded at Fall Honors Recognition Reception


Scholarship recipients from the Business and STEM Division included, front row, from left, Jason Lima and Jamira Charles with President Wang; back from, from left, Prof. Laura Sosa, students Simran Chadha and Pablo Araya-Chacon, and Dean Winston Maddox.

Front from left, "TTN Sky's the Limit" donor Greg John, instructor Judith Stillwagon, Brandon Anzivino, Alba Garcia and President Wang; back from left, Thomas Press, George Allen III, Jeffery Nketiah, and Thomas Maxfield.

Recipients of new scholarships from the Albert B. Kahn Foundation included, from left, Jorge Osorio, Keyon Brown and Vivian Javier, pictured with President Wang.

The MCCC Professors Emeriti Association continues its unwavering support of students. Pictured, front row, from left, are Peira Norell Wood, Milesvia Xiomara Salazar-Martinez, and Rachel Grenon, with President Jianping Wang; back from, from left, Joseph Meyers, and Professors Emeriti President Thomas Wilfrid.

The healthy partnership between MCCC's HRIM program and area restaurants and food service companies created scholarships for 10 chefs-in-training.

Dr. Wang stressed that students need the support of both their families and the college's generous donors to fulfill their goals.

The crowded banquet hall was festooned in gold and white in honor of the college's 50th anniversary.

West Windsor, N.J. -- “Dedicated, fearless, creative, inspirational, and wise” were just a few of the messages that adorned the tables in the Mercer Oaks Banquet Hall on Oct. 18 as Mercer County Community College (MCCC) held its annual Honors Recognition Reception for Continuing Students. More than 200 students and proud family members joined with MCCC donors, as well as college administrators and faculty, to celebrate achievement and offer thanks to those who continue to make higher education a reality for Mercer students.

This fall, the MCCC Foundation awarded a total of $229,471 in scholarships (an almost 25 percent increase over 2015) to 214 students (an increase of 19 students over last year).

Dr. Jianping Wang warmly welcomed the crowd to the beautiful ballroom, which was decorated in gold and white in observance of the college’s 50th anniversary and included festive white pumpkins stenciled in “Mercer” gold.

“We are here tonight to recognize our students for their outstanding scholarship and to encourage them to sustain their achievement and complete their degrees,” Dr. Wang said.

Students represented practically every area of study at the college and ranged from freshmen in their first semester to students who are preparing to graduate. Many scholarship recipients had an opportunity to thank the donors in attendance who are helping to make their college education possible.

Dr. Wang acknowledged the important roles of families who are supporting their students’ progress and the college’s generous supporters, who “are putting their faith in the future of our students. They don’t know you personally, but they know your dreams and they want to help make them a reality,” she said.

During the ceremony, Board of Trustee and Foundation Board members were recognized, along with faculty members, who “inspire students every day and go above and beyond to help them succeed,” Dr. Wang said.

The host for the evening was Ed Gwazda, Vice President for College Advancement and MCCC Foundation Executive Director. Also participating were Dr. Winston Maddox, Dean for Business and STEM; Dr. L. Diane Campbell, Executive Dean for Student Affairs; Dr. Robert Kleinschmidt, Dean for Liberal Arts; Dr. Robert Schreyer, Dean for Health Professions; Toni Racioppo, Acting Director of Nursing; Dr. David Edwards, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and John Simone, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Thirty-six students benefitted from the establishment of new scholarships, including 21 who received scholarships through proceeds the college’s 50th Anniversary Gala last April. Gala donors with named scholarships included Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Edward S. Kahn Law Offices, LLC; Dow Jones; New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group; PNC Bank – East Brunswick; Educational Testing Service; Investors Bank; Wells Fargo; Trustee Carol L. Golden; and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #9.

Other new scholarships came from the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society for a student studying organic chemistry and from the Joseph J. Tobias, Sr., Memorial Scholarship for a student studying photography.

The Albert D. Kahn Foundation established an additional scholarship fund for Trenton Central High School graduates. Thirteen students received awards from the new fund and an additional two students were recipients of funds from the long-standing Albert B. Kahn Trenton High School Scholarship Fund.

The long-time partnership between MCCC’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management program and area restaurants and food service companies resulted in 10 students receiving Chef Jacket scholarships to cover costs for chef’s whites and other college costs. Partners in learning included Agricola, Ergo Chef LLC, Gretalia Restaurant Group, Griggstown Farm (new), Jersey General Salsa Company, Mercer Oaks Catering, Nassau Inn, Sysco Foods, Terra Momo Group, and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Fifteen student athletes received scholarships as a result of the MCCC Golf Classic, including the new 1996 Rick Freeman World Series Alumni Scholarship.

Several members of the MCCC family attended the reception in two capacities: Foundation Board members Jim Faridy and Dave Fraytak, who have established endowed Architecture scholarships, and Trustee Board Treasurer Carol Golden, whose scholarship was among those presented in honor of the 50th Anniversary Gala.  Dr. Tom Wilfrid, President of the MCCC Professors Emeritus Association, was on hand to present Professors Emeriti scholarships to eight students; in his role as the executive director of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, Dr. Wilfrid and his wife, Diane, presented scholarships to four students studying in the health professions. The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded scholarships to 21 first-year students.

Students were also recognized for community service.  Representing the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., were Linda Wyatt Simpson, Patricia Reed and Carol Phillips, who presented scholarships to eight students in recognition of service at the college and in the community.

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