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Continuing Students Rewarded, Donors Applauded at Honors Recognition Scholarship Reception


West Windsor, N.J. -- Students and proud family members joined with college administrators and faculty at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on Oct. 28 to celebrate achievement and thank generous donors. The annual Honors Recognition Reception for Continuing Students included close to 250 students and other guests, as well as donors who have put Mercer at the top of their giving list.  

This fall, the MCCC Foundation awarded a total of $164,000 in scholarships to 195 students.

Dr. Jianping Wang warmly welcomed the crowd to the West Windsor campus cafeteria, her first scholarship recognition event as the college’s new president. 

“We are here to celebrate the significant achievements of our students and to reward their efforts so they can continue to progress and complete their degrees. But we won’t get it done without the support of our scholarship donors, who are investing in our students,” Dr. Wang said. “They will not disappoint you.”

She also embraced students' families in her remarks.  “Thank you for not only believing in your children, but in MCCC.  We will not disappoint you either.  Together we will make this college great.”

Host for the evening was Ed Gwazda, Vice President for College Advancement and MCCC Foundation Executive Director. Also participating were Dr. Eun-Woo Chang, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Diane Campbell, Executive Dean for Student Affairs; Dr. Winston Maddox, Dean for Business and Technology; Dr. Robin Schore, Dean for Liberal Arts; Dr. Linda Scherr, Acting Dean for Math, Science and the Health Professions; Donna Penn, Director of Nursing; John Simone, Assistant Dean for Student Services; and James Kerney Campus Dean/Provost Monica Weaver.

The students represented practically every area of study at the college. Many had an opportunity to thank donors in attendance, who are helping to make their college education possible.

Joan Mainzer, who established the John Mainzer II Scholarship in memory of her son, took a few moments at the podium to comment on the continued meaning of the event for her, 25 years after her son's passing.  “It’s a way to remember him every year and to know I am helping other students at Mercer,” she said. "He loved Mercer."

Among the new scholarships presented this year were: the Jeanne Boegemann Memorial Scholarship, the Vincent Anthony Persichetti Memorial Scholarship, the Shelley M. Zeiger Entrepreneurs Scholarship, the Chef Anne Lumberger & Chef Shari Widmayer Memorial Scholarship, the Wells Fargo Urban Scholarships and the MCCC Golf Classic Scholarships (presented to 12 MCCC student athletes.)

It was a Mercer family affair as well, with several members of the MCCC Foundation Board attending the reception in two capacities – as representatives of the Board and as scholarship donors: Jim Faridy (with wife Lynne), Dave Fraytak and Carol Golden (Trustee Liaison to the Foundation Board). Dr. Tom Wilfrid, President of the MCCC Professors Emeritus Association, was on hand to present Professors Emeriti scholarships to seven students. The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded scholarships to 13 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.

MCCC's Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (HRIM) program once again enjoyed the largesse of local restaurants and food service companies. Chef Jacket Partnership scholarships were presented to cover costs for 12 students’ chefs whites, as well as additional college costs. Participating businesses included Agricola, Blue Bottle Café, Elements, Ergo Chef LLC, Gretalia Restaurant Group, Jersey General Salsa Company, Mercer Oaks Catering, Nassau Inn, Sysco Foods, Terra Momo Group, and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

For more information about ways of giving to MCCC, visit the MCCC Foundation page here.

More about MCCC scholarship opportunities is available here.

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From left, President Jianping Wang, JKC Dean/Provost Monica Weaver, scholarship recipients Katie Gyenge, Cristian Alvarez, Ja'Ronda Ingram, and O'Dean Eccleston, and Carol Phillips, Linda Wyatt Simpson and Patricia Reed, representatives of the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

From left, Dean Winston Maddox, Architecture scholarships donors Lynne and Jim Faridy and Dave Fraytak, scholarship recipient Brian Bueno and President Wang.
From left, Asst. Dean for Student Services John Simone, Golf Classic Scholarship donor Tom Perrino, representing Spiezle Architectural Group, student athlete Brianna Gurdon (basketball), and President Wang.
From left, Vice President for Academic Affairs Eun-Woo Chang, new donors Mr. and Mrs. John Persichetti, scholarship recipient Riley Rue, and President Wang.

From left, Vice President for Academic Affairs Eun-Woo Chang, scholarship recipients Sean Evert and Stephanie Macy, Professors Emeriti President Thomas Wilfrid, and President Wang. MCCC's Professors Emeriti Association awarded seven scholarships. Dr. Wilfrid also presented four scholarships on behalf of the Charlotte w. Newcombe Foundation.

Twelve students from the HRIM program received Chef Jacket Partnership Scholarships.