Salem Community College honored its Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students at its twenty-fifth annual EOF awards banquet this spring.
Receiving graduation awards -- presented to all EOF graduates -- were Mary Blithe, Carneys Point, Nursing; Demetria Coleman, Penns Grove, Medical Coding; Jaleesa Colon, Blackwood, Practical Nursing; Gabrielle Cooper, Pittsgrove, Psychology; Bennett Hill, Carneys Point, Education; Beth Jiannotti, Elmer, Medical Coding; Nicole Knight, Pilesgrove, Health Science; Amber Martin, Penns Grove, Health Science; Natasha Melendez, Woolwich, Health Science; Dondre Reed, Elmer, Education; Karisma Rivera, Penns Grove, Computer Graphic Art; Heather Till, Pennsville, Practical Nursing; Korryn Vass, Carneys Point, Education; Josselin Vidal, Carneys Point, Medical Coding; and Andrea Walton, Carneys Point, Business Administration.
Blithe, Martin, Rivera, Till and Vass earned Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards, presented to graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99.
For maintaining a cumulative grade point average between 3.2 and 3.49, Reed received an Academic Achievement Award.
Colon received the Outstanding Achievement Award, given to one student who -- in the opinion of the EOF staff -- exemplifies the spirit and intent of the EOF Program.
Jennifer Ore of Penns Grove received the Freshman Award, presented to the first-year, full-time EOF student with the highest grade point average.
In addition, the EOF staff announced Dr. Nancy Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Science, as its 2013 EOF Champion. The annual award, based on student nominations, is presented to a non-EOF employee who has demonstrated dedication and commitment. Through her encouragement and support, Dr. Lee has earned the collegial respect and admiration of the campus EOF staff and students.