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BCC Scholarship Ceremony Recognizes Students, Sponsors

April 6, 2013 by admin

By Joe Malanaphy

   A scholarship recognition ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 14, in the Navesink rooms of the SLC to honor the endowed scholarship donors and the student recipients. The program was made possible by the Brookdale Community College Foundation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the school.
   The ceremony opened with Tim Zeiss, executive director, foundation and alumni, saying a few words about the foundation and the donors who make the scholarship opportunities available for the students.
   “This is the most important function today, to celebrate our students, our donors, and our volunteers,” said ZeissZeiss took a brief moment to jokingly address the students in the audience saying “It’s a good career move for you to be here today, and for you to shake the hand of Dr. Murphy (the college president).”
   Zeiss went on to give the audience a bit of insight into the Brookdale Foundation.
   “Our mission as a nonprofit organization is to help students achieve their dream of earning a college degree so you can build better futures for yourselves, your family, and your community.”
   “We fulfill that mission by raising money to provide financial aid and merit scholarships to hundreds of students each year,” said Zeiss.
   The funds for these scholarships, however, are raised through a variety of functions organized by the foundation.
   “We raise those funds through an annual scholarship ball, a golf outing in September and an annual fund we call ‘Building Minds, Building Futures,” said Zeiss. 
  “We also have generous donors that have set up endowed scholarship funds here at the college,” he said. 
   Dr. Maureen Murphy, who was also on hand for the ceremony, spoke to the audience before the students received their awards. “Today’s event illustrates the commitment of the Brookdale Foundation trustees, our alumni association, our donors and our volunteers,” said Murphy.
   Murphy, who took over as president at Brookdale nine months ago, addressed students and urged them to finish what they start here at the college. “Finish your degree, it matters. We need you to be completers!”
   While on the same topic, Murphy added, “Our foundation is here, our scholarships are here to help you finish what you start. It’s so important.”
   Murphy praised the efforts of the all those involved in making these scholarships possible for students who benefit from these great opportunities.
   “I so appreciate the hard work of our donors, and especially the volunteers who spend their time and efforts to raise money for scholarships.”
  “We have more than $300,000 awarded in scholarships this year. That’s phenomenal,” said Murphy
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