GCU biology major Samantha Kuntz (r) is one of many students who are earning their degrees at Georgian Court University, thanks to the support of scholarship donors, including the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ). Samantha is pictured here with MaryAlice W. Breuninger, a development officer with ICFNJ.
Scholarship Brunch 2015 a Success
Lakewood, N.J., October 31, 2015—The inaugural theme for Georgian Court University President Joseph R. Marbach—Answering the Call: Transformation through Catholic Education—was especially appropriate as students, faculty, and donors gathered for GCU’s Annual Scholarship Brunch on Sunday, October 18.
“Education transforms individual lives,” remarked Mellissa Zanjani, Ph.D., CFRE, GCU vice president for institutional advancement, “and I am constantly amazed by the grace of our donors, faculty, staff, and alumni.”
For the last 15 years, the yearly event has honored student recipients and their scholarship donors.
Donor scholarships like those awarded to the honorees help make the average cost of tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year just under $18,000, a figure that positions Georgian Court as more affordable than many other state schools, including Rider and Rutgers universities, President Marbach stated in his opening remarks.
Every Gift Counts
For students like Jillian Conley, every donor gift makes a difference.
Jillian, a senior and a recipient of the C. R. Bard Nursing Scholarship, met Gerry Bellotti, vice president of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey, which oversees the scholarship. She was able to share that she currently works in a hospital oncology department as a nurse’s assistant, has post-graduate education plans, and intends to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. She also emphasized how much her scholarship helps.
“The scholarship definitely lessened the stress of having to pay tuition,” commented Jillian, a nursing major. “With the help of this scholarship, I have the ability to work straight through my master’s degree, and it’s nice to be able to thank the person responsible for making that happen.”
The scholarship brunch serves not only as a way to honor students and recipients, but also as a way of creating personal connections between the pairs.
“I’ve been coming to this event for 10 years,” added Mr. Bellotti, “and it’s events like this that make our organization keep coming back.”
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Story contributed by GCU English major Alexandria Graziosi ’15.
Every dollar donated for scholarships makes a difference. Learn how you can support scholarships for GCU students! E-mail the Office of Institutional Advancement or call 732-987-2232.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and an historic, special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 30+ undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs. The main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also serves students at New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.