RVCC Students Among NJ’s Top Community College Student Scholars Honored
Raritan Valley Community College students Kristine Bulava of Basking Ridge and Emily Stratton of Phillipsburg were among 39 of New Jersey’s best and brightest community college students honored during the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ 23rd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration, held May 4 at the Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton.
Bulava and Stratton were both named to the 2017 New Jersey All-State Academic Team. In addition to honoring student achievement, Phi Theta Kappa Day celebrates scholarship recipients. Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation awarded a total of nine scholarships to outstanding New Jersey students as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition. Stratton received a $1,500 scholarship for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Gold Medalist Scholar.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) invites New Jersey’s top community college students and their families to celebrate their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), provides deserving community college students statewide recognition by policymakers and legislators.”
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 99 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.
Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
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