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RCC Students Receive More than $200K in Scholarships

RCC Students Receive More than $200K in Scholarships

Roevely Rancell, winner of a full scholarship from Pace University, with Pace representative Justin Santore.

DATE: June 7, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher

RCC Students Receive More than $200K in Scholarships
Continuing and transferring students awarded

RAMAPO – Scholarships presented by the Rockland Community College Foundation will help a number of RCC students continue their education. At a recent ceremony, 165 scholarships totaling approximately $210,000 were presented to students continuing at RCC, as well as those transferring to four-year institutions.

The largest award, a two-year, full-tuition Jane Cohen Memorial Scholarship to Pace University, was granted to Roevely Rancell at the May 15 ceremony. Rancell was a Performing Arts major at RCC and a member of the Phi Sigma Omicron honor society.

Another sizeable award is the Joseph H. Smith Jr. Scholarship for a student transferring to Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. This $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Travis Peterson, an Honors student at RCC who received his AA in Liberal Arts: Math and Science. Peterson was an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He plans to study information technology and web science at RPI, with a goal to become a machine learning engineer. Of the scholarship, Peterson said, "This will help me to meet my goals in life."

Several of the winners at the ceremony earned multiple scholarships. This group was led by Daniel Greeley, a military veteran studying in RCC’s highly-regarded Nursing program. Greeley took home five scholarships, worth a total of $5,000.

The RCC Foundation offers more than $350,000 in student scholarships each year, and has awarded more than $4 million since its inception. Awards are based on specific criteria that may include: academic achievement, athletic or artistic talents, member of an underrepresented group, high school attended, and demonstrated financial need.