Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn with Jennifer Alper, and Roscel Mesta, both of Haverhill.
Twelve local 2014 high school graduates have been accepted to the Presidential Scholars Program at Northern Essex Community College.
In its 15th year, the Presidential Scholars Program is designed to reward motivated high school students who will be attending Northern Essex. Students are selected based on their high school academic record and recommendations from high school guidance counselors and teachers.
“Our Presidential Scholars Program targets academically motivated high school graduates who have decided to start their college education at Northern Essex,” said Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex. “Most plan to transfer to a four-year college or university after getting an associate’s degree from Northern Essex.”
Recipients, their families, and their guidance counselors were invited to attend a dinner on October 16 at the college. Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex, Grace Young, dean, academic advising, articulation, testing, transfer and TRIO, and Jean Poth, vice-president institutional advancement and executive director of the NECC Foundation spoke at the event.
In addition to the honor of being named to this selective program, students receive a $1,000 scholarship from the college. At the dinner, Poth announced that starting this year, the Presidential Scholarship will be renewable for a second year, for students who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Presidential Scholars are also paired with an administrator or faculty member from the college who serves as a mentor and resource. The Scholars are encouraged to participate in a variety of enrichment programs offered at Northern Essex, including the Student Leadership Development Program, the Student Ambassador Program, and the college’s Honors Experience Program.
To be eligible, students must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in high school and be nominated by a high school guidance counselor, teacher, or principal. Each must plan to earn an associate’s degree at Northern Essex before transferring to a four-year Massachusetts state college or university.
This year’s Presidential Scholars include:
Taylor Turgeon, Georgetown High School, General Studies
Jennifer Alper, Haverhill High School, General Studies
Roscel Mesta, Haverhill High School, General Studies: Health Specialization
Alexandra Santana, Haverhill High School, General Studies: Health Specialization
Natasha Costello, Lawrence High School, Accounting
Nathalie Lora, Lawrence International High School, Criminal Justice
Adriana Monterroso, Greater Lawrence Technical High School, General Studies: Health Specialization
Alexandra Vilorio, Lawrence High School, General Studies
Daniel Baronowski, Methuen High School, Liberal Arts
An Nguyen, Methuen High School, General Studies: Health Specialization
Hitanshu Patel, Methuen High School, General Studies: Health Specialization
Nicholas John Desrocher, Triton High School, General Studies
For more information on the NECC Presidential Scholars Program, contact Lindsay Graham at [email protected] or (978) 556-3629.