Student Success Stories - Chelsea Bowman
Chelsea Bowman felt right at home at Salem Community College.
The Penns Grove native is a 2006 graduate of Park Bible Academy, which is now the Salem County Christian Academy. Since Chelsea came from a small school, SCC helped her adjust to the campus size of a college. The small class sizes and inspiring faculty members really helped her meet her scholastic goals.
Chelsea attended SCC on a New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS). In the classroom, Chelsea was a dedicated and hard-working student. She earned a spot in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
But Chelsea is more than just a bright student. She is a talented and dedicated athlete. As captain of the SCC Lady Oaks Women’s Basketball team, Chelsea distinguished herself by being recognized as an outstanding female athlete at the 2008 National Girls and Women in Sports Day. She was also selected for the 2nd Team All-Garden State Athletic Conference and named to the Academic All-Region XIX team.
Most recently, Chelsea had the honor of being nationally recognized as a National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American. As such, Chelsea is considered a leader among her peers, presenting a model image for fellow student athletes to follow.
“You learn a lot about yourself through sports,” Chelsea says. “You learn to push yourself even when you think you have nothing left, and that’s something I really enjoy.”
A well-rounded young lady, Chelsea is learning to give back to her community by volunteering as a basketball and volleyball coach at her high school alma mater. She said she enjoys helping out the young students, watching as they grow both in maturity and skill level.
“If there is one thing I could teach them, it would be that there is so much more to athletics than winning at any cost,” Chelsea said. “It’s about putting yourself aside and doing what’s best for the team.”
Chelsea’s future continues to shine as she has transferred to Rowan University to major in forensic psychology. She has also returned to the court as a member of the Rowan University women’s volleyball team.
Chelsea said her time at SCC has prepared her for the transition to a four-year institution.
“I feel completely confident in the education that I received from SCC,” she said, “and I know I am ready for the classes I’ll be taking at Rowan.”
Chelsea said she hopes others follow the path she chose for their educational journey. In addition to being well prepared, she said her classes at SCC were “both interesting and challenging, and the atmosphere was unbeatable.”
“For any seniors considering enrolling at SCC, I would definitely say ‘go for it!’” she said.