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Union County College Foundation to Host 6th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception

CRANFORD – Join the Union County College Foundation on July 14, 2021 to celebrate their 6th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception, in a virtual environment, to support the College’s strategic initiative to increase graduation rates among African American students. This year, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Omicron Chi Chapter will be honored for their years as avid supporters and mentors of the College’s Project Achievement Program.

Since 2015, the Close the Gap campaign has raised nearly $300,000 which has been invested in scholarships, grant and program support, and has provided emergency funding to students who are on track to graduate. Since that time, the College’s graduation rate for African American male students has more than quintupled.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Omicron Chi Chapter is from Plainfield, New Jersey. The Chapter was established in 1955 and is being honored for its commitment to building the next generation of leaders. They achieve this through their Omega Leadership Institute High School and Community College mentoring programs, essay contests, and scholarships. The members have served as mentors to the African American men in our Project Achievement program which uses intrusive advising techniques to keep our students on path for on-time graduation. The Omicron Chi Chapter has been a dedicated supporter of the Union County College Foundation and was one of the first advocates of the Close the Gap Campaign.

“The College is grateful for the time and commitment the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Omicron Chi Chapter have given to improve the lives of Union students,” stated Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin. “These men serve as leaders and mentors to our African American students. They have inspired our students to complete their degree and continue on at a four-year institution where they can pursue their dreams.”

If you are interested in donating to the Close the Gap Campaign, or would like to learn more about how you can provide financial assistance for students at Union County College, please call (908) 709-7505, email foundation@ucc.edu or visit the Foundation’s website at www.ucc.edu/ctg2021.

The brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Omicron Chi Chapter met with Union students in the Project Achievement program.