CRANFORD - Union County College alumna Maria Del Cid has had many accomplishments in the few years since she graduated in 2012. She went on to Seton Hall University and completed two bachelor degrees. In her senior year at Seton Hall, she interned at the Office of Assemblyman Jerry Green which led to her current position, as the Assemblyman’s Chief of Staff.
Last month, Ms. Del Cid decided to give back to the College where she “got her start.” Through the Union County College Foundation, she established the Del Cid Dreamer Scholarship to financially assist a current Union student, who has emigrated from another country, in obtaining an Associate degree. The Del Cid Dreamer Scholarship will be first issued for the fall 2016 semester. To qualify, a student must be a full- or part-time student who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or undocumented immigrant pursuing higher education at Union County College, with a preference given to an undocumented immigrant. As well, the student must have completed 12 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Ms. Del Cid established this scholarship based on her personal experience. She was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was seven years old. She graduated from Plainfield High School with a 4.0 GPA. In order to pursue her dream of attaining a college degree, she enrolled at Union County College.
Despite working two jobs while she was a full-time student at Union, Ms. Del Cid graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She attributes her success at Union to having had excellent mentors, being a member of the Psi Beta National Honor Society, having served as President of the Iota Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and having worked as a Mathematics and English tutor in the College’s Academic Learning Center. Her success at Union led to a full scholarship to Seton Hall University, from which she graduated in May 2015. Now she is considering attending law school. Her long term aspirations are to have her own private law firm and to continue to be active in the community. She hopes to one day serve in the NJ General Assembly, where she can and will make a difference.
For more information about the Union County College Foundation, please go to www.ucc.edu/Foundation.