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RCBC Human Services Student Receives National Scholarship

Heather Casparro and Brina Sedar

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) Human Services student Heather Casparro earned the Harold McPheeters Scholarship from the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS).

Casparro, from Mount Laurel a student member of the NOHS is the first RCBC student to receive this award and was chosen over students working on their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Heather has stood out in the classroom and in the community, both at the college and her work for community service organizations. She has truly earned this achievement,” RCBC President Paul Drayton. “She is another example that the students and education at Rowan College at Burlington County are on par, and often better, with those at four-year institutions.”

The scholarship, named after the founder of human services education in the United States, is awarded annually to those who have demonstrated successful work in human services where they have been acknowledged by others to be respectful of and dedicated to their clients as well as possessing interpersonal skills that are evident with colleagues in the workplace.

“Heather is an outstanding student who excels academically,” said RCBC Assistant Professor Brina Sedar. “She is an active member of many clubs and organizations, the Human Services Club, NOHS, the N.J. chapter of National Association for Social Workers and the RCBC Kiva lending team, just to name a few. She highlighted in her application how her Human Services coursework has helped her advocacy work.”

Casparro is a proud mother, wife, full-time student and child advocate volunteer. She plans to graduate in May and use the scholarship at Rowan University.

“I am so humbled and honored to be selected for this award, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of my outstanding faculty and classmates at Rowan College at Burlington County,” Casparro said. “This scholarship will help me continue at Rowan university and enable me to go beyond the limits of volunteering and achieve my career goal of increasing social harmony.”

Casparro thrives in helping others and hopes to extend her abilities professionally. RCBC has allowed her to build an academic foundation in the Human Services field and incorporate her volunteer work into her education. The Human Services program continues to be her stepping stone in working with a diverse population of child welfare. She is also very eager to further her education inside and outside the classroom.

Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer for the Burlington County Family Courts
  • Phi Theta Kappa (4.0 GPA)
  • Intern at the New Jersey State Parole Board
  • Student level membership for the National Organization of Human Services
  • Student level membership for the National Association of Social Workers
  • Senator of the RCBC Student Government
  • Member of the Philadelphia Prison Society
  • Member of the RCBC Kiva Lending team
  • RCBC Foundation scholarship recipient
  • RCBC Human Services Club
  • Volunteer with Toys for Tots
  • In the process of being inducted into Tau Upsilon Alpha, the national human services honor society.

For more information on Rowan College at Burlington County’s Human Services program visit rcbc.edu/human-services