A dozen high school seniors were selected to receive scholarships from the Woodland Park-based business school Berkeley College earlier in the week. Among the 12 students five of the recipients were Paterson residents.<!–more–>
The high achieving students come from various Passaic County high schools. “These students have demonstrated their ability and desire to further their achievements by pursuing a college degree,” Dario A. Cortes, president of the college, said.
Out of the five city scholarship recipients two were from John F. Kennedy High School, two from Passaic County Technical Institute, and one from the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology.
The scholarships are renewable so long as a student maintains a high cumulative grade-point-average and is enrolled into the college on a full-time basis.
Here’s a list of the scholarship recipients:
1. Layal Al-Haddad of Prospect Park, Manchester Regional High School
2. Clara Castro of Passaic, Passaic High School
3. Emily Cruz of Passaic, Mary Help of Christians Academy
4. Onur Edipov of Prospect Park, Passaic County Technical Institute
5. Takeira Marie Fairfax of Paterson, Passaic County Technical Institute
6. Lauren Ferraro of Hewitt, West Milford High School
7. Michael Fortuna of Passaic, Passaic High School
8. Ruby Luciano of Passaic, Passaic County Technical Institute
9. Rhianna McCollum of Paterson, John F. Kennedy High School
10. Isaiah Miller of Paterson, Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology
11. Hugo Rodriguez (pictured, left, with admissions officer Carlos Gomez, right) of Paterson, School of Education & Training
12. Ali Hamouda Sbeih of Paterson, Passaic County Technical Institute
The college provides traditional and online degree programs as well as blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in demanding fields.
It was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the 2014 and 2015 Online Bachelor Degree category rankings.
The college enrolls over 8,000 students in its nine campuses in New Jersey and New York State.
“They deserve these scholarships, which can go a long way in helping the next generation of students access a well-rounded, career-focused education,” Cortes said.