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BCC Student Wins Educational Opportunity Fund Book Scholarship

Released: 3/10/2014 1:31:14 PM

Burlington County College (BCC) student Jasmarie Arce is one of two college students in New Jersey to receive the Educational Opportunity Fund Statewide Alumni Association Book Scholarship.

The scholarship was created to honor graduating students enrolled as Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program recipients at New Jersey colleges or universities, for their academic excellence in spite of challenges faced during their academic tenure.

“Jasmarie is hardworking, motivated, ambitious and responsible—an all around great student,” said EOF Counselor Kaitlin Ament, who also provided Arce’s required letter of recommendation.

In order to receive the $250 book scholarship, applicants had to have a minimum 3.00 GPA, complete an essay, and obtain a letter of recommendation from their EOF counselor or director.

“I’m still shocked I won. It is a great personal accomplishment,” said Arce, 20, of Florence Township, a liberal arts major.

Edith Corbin, BCC EOF Director, said, “There are thousands of students engaged in EOF throughout the state of New Jersey, so to have the scholarship winner be a Burlington County College student is a proud moment for us. It tells me we are doing our jobs.”

The state EOF program provides access to higher education for students who are among the first in the family to attend college, and for others who otherwise may face unique challenges in college due to economic, cultural or educational circumstances.

Arce manages to remain committed to her studies while participating in EOF program conferences and workshops, working part-time and volunteering at the Food Bank of South Jersey. She will be the first person in her family to achieve a college degree when she walks across the commencement stage this May.

“College can be overwhelming,” Arce said. “The EOF program helped make it a lot easier to know the important information.

“I would tell an incoming EOF student to ‘make your EOF counselor your best friend—they can help you,’” she added.

The EOF program at BCC offers customized, comprehensive academic and personal support and leadership development to enable students to achieve their educational goals at BCC to transfer to a four-year institution or join the workforce.

After BCC, Arce plans on transferring to Rutgers-Camden to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work and aspires to work for Child Protection and Permanency (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, DYFS) so that she can give back and help someone else in need.

The scholarship is sponsored by donations received from EOF Alumni and the EOF Professional Association of New Jersey. Only two scholarships were available—one for community college students and one for students at a four-year institution.

For more information on BCC’s EOF program, please visit www.bcc.edu/eof.