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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

PROCESS

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

REQUIREMENTS

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

Notes from Our 12/10/14 Meeting

On December 10, 2014, the following NECC members met at Champions Bar and Grill in the Marriott Hotel in Boston: Daniel Asquino, President, Mount Wachusett Community College (Gardner, MA); Anthony Benoit, President, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (Boston, MA); Ronald Cantor, President, Southern Maine Community College (South Portland, ME); Ray Di Pasquale, President, Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick, RI); Susan Dunton, President, NHIT, Concord’s Community College (Concord, NH); Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA); Barbara Finkelstein, President, York County Community College (Wells, ME); Alicia Harvey-Smith, President, River Valley Community College (Claremont, NH); Richard Hopper, President, Kennebec Valley Community College (Fairfield, ME); Elizabeth Roop, Interim President, Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, CT); and Charles Wall, President, Massasoit Community College (Brockton, MA).

The meeting was also attended by Barbara Brittingham, President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC); Annie Kennedy, Special Projects Coordinator, Community College of RI (Warwick, RI);
Greg Lamontagne, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Community College of RI (Warwick, RI); Ann McDonald, Executive Vice President, Mount Wachusett Community College (Gardner, MA); and Patricia O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC).

All present introduced themselves and were invited to include any information on recent successes or challenges in their respective states or at their respective institutions.

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The members then discussed the purpose and future direction of the NECC. Mount Wachusett Community College President Dan Asquino, whom Ray credited for handling and growing the New England College Council for years, reported that the NECC has at least 40 members and represents between 300,000 and 400,000 associates degree students enrolled in New England. The NECC has potential to support NEASC and be recognized by associations such as the AACC.

President of the NEASC Commission on Institutions of Higher Education Barbara Brittingham added that there are approximately one million students the NECC can reach, and that the council has partnered with NEASC on many events in past years. She added that NEASC, which relies on volunteers to operate, has recently received government interest. For example, the Accounting Office chose to observe one of their accreditation visits (which took place at CCRI and was led by NECC member Carole Cowan).

Other NECC members who spoke up during the discussion agreed that the NECC could be vital for partnerships and resource & information sharing and that the council provides members with an opportunity to exert power, ideas, and influence.

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A financial report provided by Dr. Asquino showed that the council is in good shape to try professional development for its members. Dues have not been raised for some time, and he suggested that the council consider raising membership fees in order to pursue a half- or full-time staff member to support initiatives.

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The NECC website is being redesigned in WordPress. Annie Kennedy invited NECC members to participate in a rotating membership spotlight, in which a different institution would be featured each month with a banner photo and feature article with an overview of or news update from each spotlighted college. Annie welcomed suggestions for other news and information that NECC members would like to see on the website.

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The council discussed professional development opportunities and plans to hold a conference in the fall of 2015 for presidents and their senior teams. Several members volunteered to be part of a conference planning committee, which will aim to meet in January to start that process. Additional suggestions included obtaining good regional data upon which to inform decisions, good information on national trends, and focus on strengths of commonalities and information sharing among New England council members.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPP5J5D (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.