Spotlight on Student Success #8 – May 21, 2015
NJ’s Best Students Honored
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 21st annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 7, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”
“NJEA is proud to celebrate the achievements of our students in New Jersey’s community colleges,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “These students took full advantage of the tremendous opportunities our community colleges offer. They are well along the path to achieving their dreams and we wish them continued success.”
In addition to statewide recognition, Bergen Community College student Rhonda Richardsen of Paramus was one of 20 students nationally named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Team. She received a $2,500 scholarship as part of the honor. In addition, Richardsen received an additional $2,000 New Century Scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation for being New Jersey’s top community college student.
The Coca-Cola Foundation established the New Century Scholars Program in 2001 to provide additional scholarships and national recognition to the top honors student from each state.
Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation awarded three more scholarships to outstanding New Jersey students as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition.
Atlantic Cape Community College student Thomas Branin of Hammonton, and Ocean County College Kayla Burciar of Toms River, each received $1,250 scholarships for being named Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Silver Medalist Scholars. County College of Morris student Angelique Onorati of Randolph, received a $1,000 scholarship for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Bronze Medalist Scholar.
In addition, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.
For a complete list of the students on the 2015 All-State Academic Team, click here.