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Mercer's EOF Students Earn Applause and Honors


West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) celebrated its Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students at a luncheon on May 17 in the Conference Center.  

According to Assistant Dean of Student Services Barbara Jefferson, the director of EOF, the banquet is an opportunity for college administrators and the EOF staff to not only recognize the achievements of individual students, but also to invite family members to share in the celebration of students' growth and success.

Among the top students recognized for excellence were Christopher Ambrose as Distinguished Scholar; Nayab Goraya, Nnnamdi Nnajiofor and Jordy Ruane for Outstanding Academic Achievement; Johanna Agudelo, Estefany Gonzalez, Cornett E. Davies and Colette D. Leonard-James for Academic Achievement; and Gabriel S. Douglas for Outstanding Achievement.  Twenty-four EOF students are members of the 2016 graduating class. Among their transfer schools are Rutgers, Bloomfield College, Montclair State, NJIT, TCNJ and William Paterson University.

Said Gabriel Douglas, who served as EOF President, “EOF has been my backbone. The staff has given unconditional love.  Failure has never been an option for me.”  Douglas graduates with her A.S. degree in Criminal Justice.

In addition to the many students who were honored for academic achievement, the EOF staff recognized two MCCC employees who have gone above and beyond for the program. Joan Guggenheim, registrar, and Divyang Mehta, Financial & Accounting Services were selected for Dean Edward W. Frederick Champion Awards in recognition of their “unwavering support and diligence in service to EOF students and the goal of the program.”

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Equal Opportunity Fund Program

From left, EOF students selected for Govenor's Awards were Estefany Gonzalez, Cornette Davies, Johanna Agudelo, Nnamdi Nnajiofor, Christopher Ambrose, EOF Club President Gabriel Douglas and Colette Leonard-James. Leonard-James gave a student testimonial at the event about her gratitude to the EOF program and the importance of never giving up on your dreams.
Four students were named to the President's List for 4.0 GPAs. From left are students Tammy Luciano, Kathia Garcia Perez and Christopher Ambrose, with President Jianping Wang. (Not pictured: student Noel Guzman.)
Members of the 2016 graduating class.
Glenn Kraft