The Brookdale Community College Foundation held its 35th annual Education Open Golf Tournament on September 18, raising $48,845 to provide scholarships to working class students.
More than 20 teams of golfers joined a host of sponsors, auction donors and volunteers for a beautiful day on the links at the Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Golfers competed for a wide range of individual and team prizes, including lowest score and closest to the pin. Prizes were handed out during an official awards dinner at Eagle Oaks following the tournament.
The keynote speaker of the evening was Brookdale student and Marlboro resident Alexandra Cardaio, who received a scholarship from the foundation to pursue her goal of a career in health care.
“Brookdale gave me my start toward my dreams,” said Cardaio, who earned an associate degree in psychology and was recently accepted into Brookdale’s nursing program. “I could not be more grateful to all of you.”
The proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund, which is expected to provide more than $350,000 in scholarships to more than 415 students this year, said Foundation Executive Director Timothy Zeiss.
“The scholarships are vital to students, particularly middle class students, who don’t receive federal or state grants to help offset the cost of college,” Zeiss said.
“Many of these students work full-time to pay for their education, making it difficult to juggle jobs and school simultaneously. The scholarships allow them more time to concentrate on their studies and complete their degree.”
The foundation has raised nearly $3 million and provided scholarships to more than 6,000 students over the past decade, Zeiss said. More information is available here.
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