Category Archives: Scholarships

Announcing Our 2015 Scholarship Winners

The New England College Council is pleased to announce that three outstanding students will be awarded NECC scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year at NECC member institutions.

Eastern Maine Community College student Sara Clifford learned to work hard at an early age, and today she juggles three jobs to maintain her finances in addition to sustaining good grades at EMCC. Along with volunteering at various Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Student Success Center events, Sara spends quality time off-campus with local children as a volunteer Big Sister. She has a clear five-year plan to help others, beginning with earning an associate degree in early childhood development and a Behavioral Health Professional Certification, after which she will transfer her credits to the University of Maine Orono to obtain her teacher’s certification after an additional two years of coursework. She will then enroll for a fifth year of study to attain a master’s degree in guidance counseling for elementary schools, which she will apply to a career in helping children in the state of Maine. Sara’s instructor lauded her for encouraging, tutoring and mentoring her fellow students, and the judges wish her well on her ambitious and passionate plan to follow her dream of being an advisor and mentor for local youth.

In 2012, Jeanne Hallisey had to quit her supervisory job at a bank to nurse her husband, who had undergone his second stem-cell transplant, and to run her family’s household. For 25 years, Jeanne had worked in and risen through corporate ranks without a college degree, but that has become more difficult in today’s job market. She entered college for the first time last January at the age of 50 to attain an A.S. in order to pursue a new accounting position. Jeanne has already earned 43 credits toward her degree at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts and has earned a 3.95 GPA in addition to supporting her husband and children, working part-time at an internship, and serving on the board of the Amesbury Educational Foundation. Jeanne is proud of the example she is setting for her children by pursuing college and by working hard at it, and once her schedule permits it, she looks forward to continuing the extensive volunteering she had done in the Amesbury school system as well as at her children’s various sporting and school events. She was highly praised by her business professor for her impeccable work and for being a role model to other NECC students, and the judges found Jeanne inspiring and wish her the best of luck.

Sheyla Rivera, a student at Capital Community College in Connecticut, emigrated to the U.S. from Peru at 15. The experience of having to learn a new language and culture provided Sheyla with empathy to reach out to others in her situation, and for two years she taught English to immigrant adults in a local church to help them acclimate to the same new world. Despite many financial challenges and the hardship of having her mother deported, Sheyla has continued to develop and grow academically in her classes at Capital CC, professionally via a successful internship with Pepperidge Farm, and personally as the oldest child helping to run the household from a young age. She plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and gain experience as an exemplary banking employee until she can achieve the next step in her plan – creating a family business along with her father to aid community members with their taxes and finances. Her determination in the face of adversity, her strong desire to help people in and beyond her community, and her glowing recommendation from the accounting professor she had repeatedly impressed with her patience, professionalism, drive, and attention to detail convinced the judges to award Sheyla with a NECC scholarship.

Announcing Our 2015 Scholarship Contest

The New England College Council (NECC) will award three (3) scholarships in the amount of $750 for the 2015-2016 academic year to students attending NECC member institutions. Students will be notified by June 30, 2015.


Students must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for this scholarship:

  1. The student must have completed at least thirty (30) hours of credit toward his or her associate degree by the end of the Spring 2015 semester. At least half of those credits must have been earned at the current member institution.
  2. The student must be returning to his or her current college for the Fall 2015 semester.
  3. The student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.


Students who meet the above criteria are asked to complete an online survey as an initial step in applying to this scholarship.


The following materials are required of all applicants:

  1. The student must have his or her member institution mail an official college transcript to the New England College Council at the below address, postmarked by May 15, 2015.
  2. The student must mail at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member of the student’s current member institution to the New England College Council at the below address, postmarked by May 15, 2015.
  3. In addition to completing this brief online questionnaire, the student must mail a personal statement of interest (no more than 1500 words) to the NECC, postmarked by May 15, 2015, at the below address.

Statements of interest must detail the following:

  • Your aspirations for attending college
  • Your reason(s) for choosing your field of study
  • Your goals and ambitions for the future
  • A description of civic, service learning, and/or college activities in which you have been involved.

Please mail your statement of interest, letter(s) of recommendation, and transcript to:

The New England College Council
c/o Annie Kennedy
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886

Announcing Our 2014 Scholarship Winners

The New England College Council is pleased to announce that three outstanding students will be awarded NECC scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year at NECC member institutions.

Gabriela Constantin, originally of Romania and a student at Southern Maine Community College, impressed judges with her enthusiasm for the many friendly, intelligent, and helpful people at SMCC who have guided her through her first experience in another country. “Gaby,” who holds a solid 4.0 GPA at SMCC, has become increasingly interested in social issues and would like to support equality for women or become a social worker in order to assist those struggling with issues like rape or abuse, eating disorders, or homelessness. She credits SMCC with enriching not only her knowledge but also her character, and she strongly appreciates the encouragement of her teachers and the support of her parents in her pursuit of a college degree. Gaby is determined to make everyone proud, and the NECC is proud of all of her achievements.

Susan Sweeney, a student at Mount Wachusett Community College, appealed to judges with her determination to pursue a higher education degree after 31 years of marriage and after raising three children. Her husband’s brush with a potentially fatal disease caused Susan to question how she would support her family if the unthinkable happened, but it also caused Susan to question how she could express her newfound respect for quality nursing care for patients and their families. Susan has actively volunteered in her community for years, and now she pursues having an even greater impact on others: completing a two-year nursing program at MWCC, after which she will pursue her BSN while working as a nurse in a medical practice. The NECC wishes Susan well in her endeavors to nurture patients and their families.

Claudia Dufour, a 17-year-old Phi Theta Kappa member at Quinebaug Valley Community College with a 4.0 GPA, wowed judges with her passion for learning and her hunger for knowledge. Claudia, who is about to graduate with a degree in General Studies, will stay on at QVCC to obtain an associate degree in Engineering Science. In addition, Claudia is a part-time student at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she pursues musical studies, and she tutors fellow students in everything from computer science to American Sign Language at QVCC’s Willimantic Center. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science, Claudia plans on obtaining a master’s in engineering, mathematics, or business – or even a combination of all three. The NECC agrees that Claudia is an extremely diligent and goal-oriented student and is confident that she will achieve great things.

Original announcement:

 The Board of Directors of the New England College Council is pleased to announce that NECC will award three Scholarships of $750 for the Academic Year 2014-2015 to deserving students attending a member institution. Eligible applicants:

  1. Must have completed thirty-hours of credit toward his/her degree by the end of the spring 2014 semester, of which at least one-half of the credits should have been earned at the member institution.
  2. Must be returning to his/her current college in the fall 2013 semester.
  3. Must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above.
  4. Selection will be based on academic achievement, community and/or college service, quality of written essay and recommendation.
The Application Process:
  1. The student must complete a Survey Monkey Questionnaire at (Note: This survey is now closed.)
  2. Request that an official college transcript be sent to the New England College Council.
  3. Request a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member be sent to the New England College Council.
  4. Submit a personal statement of interest/application (no more than 1500 words) including:
    • Aspirations for attending college
    • Reasons for choosing your field of study
    • Description of civic, service learning, and/or college activities in which you have been involved
    • Goals and ambitions for the future

All materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2014. Applicants will be notified on or before June 30, 2014.