Brookdale student and Howell resident Sameerah Wahab has been named New Jersey’s top achieving community college student in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.
Wahab, 19, has been named a 2016 New Century Scholar, joining 51 top scorers from across the U.S., Canada and internationally. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society.
The competition, which included more than 1,900 nominees from more than 1,000 community colleges, evaluated students on grades, leadership, activities and their contributions outside of the classroom. Wahab, a biology major, was nominated for her work as a PTK officer, a peer mentor in the Brookdale honors program and a member of the college’s Students for Global Citizenship club.
Since enrolling at Brookdale, Wahab has supported a campaign to build a water well for a village in Rwanda and completed a community service project in support of Dottie’s House, a support center for domestic violence victims in Brick.
She works as a certified nurse assistant at a pediatric care facility in Toms River and is pursuing a career in medicine.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Wahab, after learning of her win during a special meeting with Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “I truly enjoy the work I do with PTK and my colleagues at Brookdale, but I never imagined it would lead to something like this. I’m just ecstatic.”
Murphy joined Dean of Student Success David Stout and Brookdale PTK coordinators Dr. Shahin Pirzad and Angela Saragusa in congratulating Wahab on her success on March 2, thanking for her for bringing a “tremendous sense of pride” to all Brookdale students, faculty and employees.
“This is one of the highest honors you can receive as a community college student,” Murphy said. “You have worked very hard for it, and we could not be prouder to see that hard work pay off. On behalf of all us at Brookdale, I want to commend you and I want to congratulate you for all that you have accomplished. You have earned this.”
Wahab will be recognized with her fellow New Century Scholars during the American Association of Community Colleges national convention in Chicago, IL on April 12. The All-USA Program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa.
Learn more about Brookdale’s PTK chapter here.