NJ Council of County Colleges to honor the state’s top community college student scholars

Published on Monday, April 15, 2013

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will honor New Jersey’s 40 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 19th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 2, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA),” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”


In addition to statewide recognition, Mercer County Community College student Anderson Monken of Lawrenceville received a $2,000 New Century Scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation for being New Jersey’s top community college student. The Coca-Cola Foundation established the New Century Scholars Program in 2001 to provide additional scholarships and national recognition to the top honors student from each state.

Phi Theta Kappa International and the Coca-Cola Foundation awarded four more scholarships to outstanding New Jersey students as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition.

Sussex Community College student Derya Demirtas of Branchville received a $1,500 scholarship for being named Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Gold Medalist Scholar. Bergen Community College student Shawn Brady of Teaneck, and Union County College student Maria Del Cid of Plainfield, each received a $1,250 scholarship for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Silver Medalist Scholar. Ocean County College student Mary Foley of Jackson received a $1,000 scholarship for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Bronze Medalist Scholar.

For a complete list of the 2013 New Jersey All-State Academic Team members, visit www.njccc.org.

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