Approximately 210 of the more than 500 students who received Brookdale scholarships this academic year gathered in the Student Life Center on March 25 for the 2015 Scholarship Reception.
Surrounded by loved ones, college staff and the volunteers and donors who made their scholarships possible, the students were presented with an official certificate and personally congratulated by Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy.
“I’m delighted to see all of you here today, and I urge you to continue to work hard and seize the opportunities that Brookdale provides to you,” said Murphy. “We are committed to your success. We are here for you, to help you reimagine yourself, and we will do all we can to get you where you want to go.”
Those comments were echoed by Timothy Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation and Alumni Affairs, who went on to thank the dozens of donors, volunteers and Brookdale Foundation trustees who have collectively raised nearly $4 million for Brookdale scholarships over the last 15 years.
This year, the Foundation and Alumni Association will provide close to $400,000 in scholarships to more than 500 students.
“Our mission is to help students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree, so they can build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Zeiss. “We fulfill that mission by raising money to provide financial aid and merit scholarships to hundreds of students each year, and to find the programs and services that benefit Brookdale students.”
The Foundation and Alumni Association is currently accepting applications for a wide range of scholarships, for students from all backgrounds. Many awards are available for local high school graduates, minority students, students with disabilities and working students who don’t qualify for financial aid. Find out more and learn how to apply here.
Scholarship recipient and Brookdale honors student Alexis Pollitto said the award will be a significant help as she works toward a career in politics.
“I am thrilled that I received a scholarship. It’s such a rewarding feeling to know that my hard work truly has paid off,” said Pollitto, who also works at the Red Bank Armory outside of class. “It will certainly help me fund my education at Brookdale and beyond.”
Also on hand at the ceremony were Foundation Development Coordinator Lore Milione, Financial Aid Director Stephanie Fitzsimmons, Financial Aid Associate Director Karyn Arnold and members of the Brookdale Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of Trustees.
Check out more photos of the ceremony here.