In addition to large-scale grants from businesses and foundations, we rely on individual giving to provide funds for supplies that are smaller in scale but still make a big impact on students. We also have a goal of increasing the amount of financial scholarships awarded to deserving graduates. You can help with a donation mailed to BCIT Foundation, PO Box 297, Rancocas NJ 08073, or use the PayPal button below to contribute using a credit card.
OUR 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Kehinde Bolaji was the sixth recipient of the Robert V. Santare Memorial Scholarship that honors one of the founders of BCIT Foundation. The annual award recognizes a student who was committed to community service while still being successful in academics and involved in extra-curricular activities. It provides $2,000 towards costs of post-secondary education. About Kehinde.
The Foundation also awarded scholarships to Lauren Romano and Christopher Ritter. Those students were nominated based on academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and community service. Lauren studied Electrical Technology at the Medford campus. She will continue her education at University of Hartford, potentially toward a career in psychiatry. Christopher studied Pre-Engineering at the Westampton campus. He will enroll at Wooster Polytechnic Institute to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. Each received a $1,000 scholarship toward costs of post-secondary education.
The Foundation also facilitated scholarships given by the family of Snowden Smith, who graduated eighth grade and became a plumber’s apprentice. Mr. Smith moved on to service in the armed forces and a postal service career, but always valued his trade skills and demonstrated a strong work ethic. Family members, including Westampton teacher Jacqueline McGuinness, offered two $250 scholarships for students who plan to continue studies in Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), plumbing or related fields. Recipients of the Snowden Smith Memorial Scholarships were Cevdet Canli and Nolan Mason. Cevdet studied Architecture and Design Technology at the Westampton campus, and he plans to study civil engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Nolan completed the HVAC/R program at Medford campus. He will study business and finance at Rowan College at Burlington County as a step toward owning an HVAC/R business.
With donations from the Shirley “Rose” Flagg Gift to You Memorial Fund, the BCIT Foundation facilitated awards to three students who have enlisted in branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each Pep Rally 4 Life Award included $50. They were awarded to Medford campus graduates Salvino Ferraro (Electrical Technology) and Brandon Davis (Auto Mechanics), both of whom will join the Army, and to Westampton graduates Leslie Cruz Ramos (Veterinary Technology) and Juan Mulero Ortiz (Pre-Engineering), both of whom committed to the National Guard.
Congratulations to these outstanding students and to the donors who make scholarships possible. We look forward to our next scholarship awards in June 2019.To join the cause:
Send a check to BCIT Foundation, PO Box 297, Rancocas NJ 08073. Or use the Paypal link above to charge a donation to BCITFoundation@burlcoschools.org.
Foundation supports travel to DECA conferenceFive BCIT-Westampton students earned the right to attend DECA's International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL, where they attended seminars, talked with speakers and networked with like-minded students. To qualify, they wrote essays and/or successfully presented papers at state-level competition. BCIT Foundation provided financial assistance so that all students who qualified could attend the conference. (April 2015)