Six students at Northampton Community College (NCC) were named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. These students were selected from among students at community colleges across the state, based on academic excellence and leadership.
The students receiving the highest All-USA Community College Team application scores in each state are named the Coca-Cola New Century Transfer Scholar and a Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathways Scholar. In addition to being named to the All-PA Academic Team, NCC student Josephine Milanzi is this year’s Coca-Cola New Century Workforce Pathways Scholar, which comes with a $1,250 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Educational Foundation.
Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC, commented that, “Each of them in their own way has had to overcome challenges on the path to attaining their degree and earning the distinction of representing Northampton Community College on the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. And let’s not forget, they did this during a pandemic, the likes that we’ve never seen before and that presented hurdles that required untold strength and determination to successfully navigate.”
NCC’s All-PA Workforce scholars are:
Caitlin George is an education major who hopes to make a difference in the lives of young children as a daycare director or early childhood teacher. “I volunteered at a library when I was younger and was put in charge of the children’s activities. That was my favorite thing to do. I’d read to them and interact with the children and their families. That’s where I got my passion.”
Josephine Milanzi is a hospitality major at NCC. As an international student, she will return to her hometown of Malawi, a major hub of tourism in Africa, to pursue a career in hotel management upon graduation. She grew up in Kondanani Orphanage and was thankful for this time in her life where she bonded with other children. “I wanted my 140 brothers and sisters to follow my example to do the right thing because it brings rewards overall.”
NCC’s All-PA Transfer scholars are:
Rebecca James is the co-president of the Beta Beta Chi chapter of PTK at NCC and recipient of the Harold and Marcia Wagner Scholarship. She is a general studies major who plans to complete a double major in communications and psychology at West Chester University. “The friends that I’ve made through PTK have been my lifeline through unsettling times this year. Being in a leadership position with PTK has taught me that leadership is not about control. It’s about taking actions that will benefit the team.”
Evan Meister is an engineering major who plans to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees to pursue a career in engineering with a special interest in starting his own firm and focus on sustainable offshore human habitats. He is now hoping to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While holding the Middle States Regional office of PA State President he’s helped plan events such as Honors Insititute, MSRLeads, MSRMeets, and more. “The fulfillment I experienced from planning and executing a project for the benefit of my community is unlike any accomplishment I could imagine.”
Nia Marrow is a communications/media arts major who plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at East Stroudsburg University and pursue a career in human resources. She’s the co-chair of Tau Gamma chapter’s college project, which provided support for students struggling in an online instructional environment. “Through my career in human resources, I want to lead individual’s and create a supportive workplace that inspires character and career growth.”
Victoria Rosenthal is a psychology major who plans to complete her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees and then pursue a career in the mental health field. She will be attending West Chester University to continue on her educational journey. Having struggled with her own mental health challenges, she wants to advocate for others to get the care that works best for them. “I’m inspired to use my personal experiences, social support and education to help others. I want to devote my career to pulling others out of similar circumstances [to what I went through].” She has already helped underrepresented students, community members and many others through her work with Honors in Action (HIA) college project and volunteer work.
Congratulations to these exceptional students on this tremendous honor.