A Passaic County Community College student became the receipt of a scholarship from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey last week.
Fernando Rojas won the council’s 2014 Merit Scholarship sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Rojas who is currently enrolled in the county college in a pre-professional scientific program will receive between $1,500 and $750.
Money from the scholarship will allow Rojas to pursue his dream of becoming a pediatric neurologist by attending medical school.
Rojas who is active in the college’s Science Club and Trio Student Support Services Program will be one of 14 students selected from around the state to attend a luncheon next month. Rojas and others will visit a research and development facility operated by one of the council’s member companies, among them Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, to see cutting edge research being done first hand.
“All recipients will also have an opportunity to meet prominent New Jersey-based researchers and innovators,” council said in a statement. “Scholars will also be honored at the R&D Council’s 35th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception on November 6, 2014 at the Liberty Science Center.”
The Chatham based council has been encouraging research and development in the Garden State since 1962 most prominently during the 1990s when it played an instrumental role in fundraising to build the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
The council selects bright community college students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The council looks for grade-point-average above 3.5, interest in technical field, extracurricular activities, financial need, and post-graduation career goals.
“As a broad coalition of senior representatives from industry, academia, and government, the members of the R&D Council make these scholarships available through member donated sponsorships,” council said.