TRENTON – The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Lawrence High School graduate, Katie Soto, Hamilton High School East graduate, James Tindall, Hopewell Valley Central High School graduate, Evan Fuller, and Trenton High School graduate, Stefhany Merlino, as four of fourteen Mercer County high school seniors selected to receive the Freeholders’ Mercer County Community College Scholarship. At a presentation that took place during the Freeholders’ Formal Meeting on Thursday, August 12, the freeholders were joined by Mercer’s President, Doctor Patricia C. Donohue, to personally offer words of congratulations to the students as they begin their studies at the college.

“We’re extremely proud of these students and the records they have achieved to earn these scholarships,” stated Doctor Donohue, “we are also grateful to the Freeholders for publicly saying to the community the importance of the education provided by our Community College.”

“Mercer County Community College has earned a well deserved reputation of offering a quality education to our residents,” said Freeholder Chair Ann Cannon, “their transfer programs are gateways to some of the finest 4-year colleges in the nation.” Freeholder Walter told the students that Mercer County was their “door to anywhere” and recalled a commencement speaker who was able to overcome setbacks and graduate from MCCC with honors. Dr. Donohue added that the 2010 graduate will be entering Stanford University this fall.

The goal of the Freeholders’ scholarship is to encourage Mercer County students to attend MCCC and provide financial assistance in their community college endeavors. In doing so, the scholarship program issues $2,000 to high school seniors who possess a minimum GPA of 2.8 and have plans to attend MCCC in the fall. This year, the Board was able to award 12 students with scholarships.

The following students also received scholarships, but were unable to attend the ceremony:

Asjenae Morrison, Hamilton High North
Sean Jenkins, Ewing High School
Angie Avellaneda, Robbinsville High School
Ashley Guzman, Princeton Township, Princeton High School
Ana Luz Hernandez, Princeton Borough, Princeton High School
Melissa Sammy, Hamilton High West
Monica Cruz, West Windsor Plainsboro South
Graeme Cull, West Windsor Plainsboro North
Edgar Hernandez, East Windsor, Hightstown High School
Katie Stabile, East Windsor, Hightstown High School

Freeholders Award County College Scholarship to Local Students

Front Row: (L-R) Freeholder Pasquale Colavita, students James Tindall, graduate of Hamilton High East (Steinert) and Stefhany Merlino, graduate of Trenton Central High School, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, students Katie Soto, graduate of Lawrence High School and Evan Fuller, graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School and Freeholder Lucille R.S. Walter.

Back Row: (L-R) Freeholders Anthony P. Carabelli, Daniel R. Benson, Ann M. Cannon, Keith V. Hamilton, and John A. Cimino