CRANFORD – The Union County College Foundation held their annual Scholarship Reception for donors to meet the recipients of their respective scholarships. More than $1.1 million in support was given out this year and scholarships were issued to more than 700 students. Approximately 225 guests were in attendance to celebrate the occasion between students and donors.

This year, the Foundation announced that 14 new scholarships were created to support Union students. Student speaker Raquel Costa, a member of the class of 2020 from Union Township, addressed the audience and shared about how her life has been transformed thanks to the financial support. She stated, “When I first received my scholarship, I thought it just meant not having to worry about money, but after some time, after becoming immersed in my college community, I’ve seen that it means so much more. It opens so many more doors than just the financial ones. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have a meaningful college experience, one filled with knowledge and happiness and memories to last a lifetime.”

Union County Freeholder Vice Chair Alexander Mirabella was joined by Freeholders Sergio Granados and Rebecca Williams to congratulate all the scholarship recipients, especially those who were named as Freeholder Scholars. Freeholder Granados addressed the attendees and shared that he too was once a Union student and that their time at the College will prepare them well for the future.

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“This is an excellent event each year,” stated Union County College Foundation Board Chair J. Anthony Manger, Esq. “The opportunity to meet current students and to hear how a scholarship has transformed their lives fills me with gratitude. Each year this event reminds me why I continue to volunteer my time to serve on the Board.”

Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 20,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or an Associate in Applied Science degree.

For more information about Union County College, go to www.ucc.edu.