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Monday, March 01, 2010

Area High School Seniors Receive NVCC Presidential Scholarships

Waterbury, Conn. - Seniors from Waterbury high schools were honored with a ceremony recently at Naugatuck Valley Community College where they were recognized for their selection to participate in the inaugural NVCC Presidential Scholarship program.

The scholarships consist of a tuition waiver and book voucher for a course to be taken on the Naugatuck Valley Community College campus. Students must meet the pre-requisites for enrollment in the course of their choice as determined by the College with a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application. All credits earned by the student are transferable to NVCC and also may be counted as credit to satisfy requirement at their respective high schools.

“In 2009, we launched the NVCC Presidential Scholarships to benefit students selected from among the public and private high schools in our region,” said Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., president of the College. “The program seeks to bridge the relationship between the region’s high schools and Naugatuck Valley Community College, and to define our College and college education as a whole and as a point of destination for our young people. These scholarships serve as an initiative to encourage high school seniors to expand their horizons while exploring choices for future post-secondary education in liberal arts.

The faculties of area high schools, along with the principal, determine their school’s candidates for the scholarship based on their own internal criteria as well as the College’s minimum GPA requirement. Principals may submit the names of students selected to participate in the scholarship program with a letter of recommendation to the College included with the students’ applications. Beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year, the Smaller Manufacturers Association Scholarship was also made available to high school seniors. It will provide tuition waivers and book vouchers for a student who takes one manufacturing program course at the College during a semester.

Students selected for current program include: Tanjina Akhtar, Bashkim Aliu, Melanie Balgobin, Paris Lacy, Jacelyn Locke, Justin Veldaquez, Olajuwon Harrington, Kennedy High School; Nicholas Charles Sergi, Waterbury Arts Magnet High School; Shakeela Edwards, Wilby High School; Kimete Kodra, Crosby High School.

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