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MCCC Foundation to Honor Three Community Partners During “Spring Into Student Success!” Scholarship Fundraiser April 7


Doug Palmer

Former Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer will receive MCCC’s Distinguished Benefactor Award as part of the college’s "Spring Into Student Success!" scholarship fundraiser.

Ed Josell

Dr. Ed Josell from the Area VII Physicians Organization, recipient of MCCC’s Distinguished Corporate Partner Award.

Eli Mordechai and Martin Adelson

Genesis Biotechnology Group (GBG) CEO Dr. Eli Mordechai and GBG Chief Operating Officer Dr. Martin Adelson. Mordechai and GBG have been named as recipient of MCCC’s Spirit of Education Award.

WEST WINDSOR – As Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) year-long 50th anniversary celebration draws to a close, the college will celebrate a half-century of student achievement with a scholarship fundraiser on April 7 and will honor three community partners who have assisted students in highly meaningful ways.

“Spring Into Student Success,” a fundraiser hosted by the MCCC Foundation to benefit student scholarships, will be held on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Road in Hamilton. All proceeds will support scholarships for MCCC students. Event co-chairs are Nina D. Melker, senior vice president at Berkshire Bank, and Mercer County Freeholder Chair Pasquale “Pat” Colavita Jr.

As part of the festivities, the Foundation will honor three community partners for their dedication to furthering MCCC’s mission of student success:

  • Mayor Doug Palmer, Distinguished Benefactor Award. Former Trenton Mayor Palmer co-chaired the Major Gift Campaign for Mercer, and contributed $25,000 as campaign co-chair to the effort. Palmer led the effort to fund the expansion of the James Kerney Campus in Trenton, including the renovation and expansion of Trenton Hall, which will be formally opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12. The Major Gift Campaign also funded laboratory expansion and other improvements in STEM disciplines at Mercer.

  • Area VII Physicians Organization, Distinguished Corporate Partner Award. Area VII Physicians, an affiliate of Healthcare Quality Strategies, works to deliver information, products, and services that enable healthcare providers. The organization has provided the college scholarship support since 2003. In recent years, the group’s contribution has grown from $6,000 to $10,000 annually. This past year alone, five nursing students were recipients of much-needed funding to complete their associate degrees.

  • Genesis Biotechnology Group (GBG) and CEO Eli Mordechai, Spirit of Education Award. Hamilton-based GBG has provided life-changing internships for 15 MCCC students. Students work under the guidance of Ph.D. researchers on intensive lab projects during summer and winter breaks, learning lab protocols and procedures as they conduct research into some of today’s major diseases. MCCC’s newest partnership with GBG is the Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Proficiency program, a one-year, 30-credit program that will enable students to learn the skills to help them succeed in a busy medical office or hospital setting. GBG will offer paid internships to a select group of students, with employment as a possible end goal.

In addition, the college will present two Presidential Awards in honor of Mercer’s 50th anniversary:

  • Mercer County Freeholders. The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders supports a generous scholarship awarded to high school students who plan to attend MCCC. Since 2009, the Freeholders have contributed $20,000 annually to fund 10 scholarships at $2,000 each.

  • County Executive Brian Hughes and the late Gov. Richard Hughes: In this 50th anniversary year, an award for County Executive Hughes reflects his strong support for the college and the 50-year legacy of his father in creating the community college system.

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, the Foundation will award nearly $300,000 in scholarships.

“Spring Into Student Success!” features a formal dinner, live music performed by the Meg Hanson Group with Billy Hill, and a silent auction. Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, coffee and desserts.

Businesses and community members are invited to participate through corporate sponsorships, silent auction donations, and ticket purchases. For more information, visit, or e-mail or contact Michelle Hoffman at (609) 570-3616.

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