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Celebration of Philanthropy: BCC Foundation Event

Celebration of Philanthropy

In the last year, the Burlington County College (BCC) Foundation has awarded deserving BCC students a total of 485 scholarships (a record number) worth more than $432,000. To celebrate the generosity of donors and the academic achievements of the students, BCC hosted the 4th annual Celebration of Philanthropy Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Lewis M. Parker Center Cafeteria located on the Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd.

The BCC Foundation works to match BCC students with scholarships that best fit their needs. There are scholarships for military family members, nursing and engineering majors, residents of Moorestown and Camden, students who give back to the community through service projects, single mothers, and many more. Donors have established more than 60 different scholarships to help students succeed despite financial or personal hardships.

Two scholarship recipients, including Laly Fonseca, the Lauren Rose Albert Book Scholarship recipient, shared their stories and spoke to the merits of their scholarships. The Lauren Rose Book Scholarship provides financial assistance to purchase course-required textbooks for single parents attending BCC, with preference given to low-income, employed single mothers. The other student speaker was Branden Ronchetti, an Eagle Scout who was the Mt. Laurel Rotary Community Service Scholarship recipient.

“The Foundation and College recognize the need for scholarships like the Lauren Rose Albert Book Scholarship and the Sara N. Haines Memorial Scholarship, which also supports single moms,” said Rebecca Corbin, Executive Director of the BCC Foundation. “We thank the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation and the Haines Family Foundation for their generous support and we look forward to helping more non-traditional students achieve their dreams.”

BCC President David C. Hespe, donors, BCC Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Corbin, and BCC Foundation Board Members also made remarks at the invite-only brunch.