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BCC Student and Professor Earn Prestigious Awards from International Honor Society

BCC Student Michael Ippoliti and BCC Assistant Math Professor William Whitfield

Burlington County College (BCC) student Michael Ippoliti, of Edgewater Park, was named one of 15 Guistwhite Scholars by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), which also selected BCC Assistant Math Professor William Whitfield as one of 30 Distinguished Advisors.

“The outstanding efforts of Burlington County College students and faculty make a difference in our communities and are recognized throughout the world,” said Burlington County College President Paul Drayton. “We are very proud of Michael and Professor Whitfield for providing two excellent examples of why Burlington County College is such an incredible place to learn and achieve.”

Ippoliti, who is on track to earn his associate degree in psychology this spring, will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward his baccalaureate studies in psychology. In addition to serving as a vice president of scholarship for Chi Iota, the college’s PTK chapter, Ippoliti is a Service-Learning Scholar and volunteers to help people in crisis as a peer advocate at Legacy Treatment Services’ Screening and Crisis Intervention Program.

The Guistwhite Scholarships have been awarded by PTK since 1992. Ippoliti is the first BCC recipient since 2002. He was one of 15 selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,700 applicants.

“Serving the community is a very big part of my personal goals and academic pursuits. I’m grateful that Professor Whitfield and the entire Burlington County College community have encouraged me to make an impact in our community while achieving my educational goals,” Ippoliti said. “Attending Burlington County College helped me accomplish so much more personally and educationally than I ever dreamed and I look forward to applying what I have learned here toward a four-year degree.”

Ippoliti was formally recognized by PTK at its annual convention April 16 to April 18 in San Antonio, Texas. He was accompanied by BCC’s chapter (Chi Iota) advisor, Professor Whitfield, who also earned a Distinguished Advisor Award given to 30 advisors who have made significant contributions to the growth of PTK members and encouraged involvement on the local, regional and/or international levels.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition because it reflects the hard work of the dedicated members and officers of Chi Iota and the entire Burlington County College community that is so supportive of the honor society and our goals,” Professor Whitfield said. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to see Michael recognized as one of the top community college scholars in the country.”

Last year, Whitfield was selected the college’s recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award to honor faculty members for their commitment to teaching excellence and to their students.

“Professor Whitfield exemplifies the outstanding faculty members at Burlington County College who engage students in the classroom and outside of it,” said BCC Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang. “The accomplishments of Michael and Professor Whitfield are no coincidence. Burlington County College faculty and students push each other to higher levels and it’s very gratifying to see their hard work recognized.”