Student Testimonials


“The first day of the 2015 Spring Semester, I started a new job with the Union County College Foundation. There is no doubt in my mind that working at the Foundation has been a huge inspiration to me. With much encouragement from the Foundation Staff, I applied for a scholarship. I had little expectations in receiving anything, but I am happy to say I did receive funding. With scholarship support from the Foundation, I was able to commit to my studies. I am now on track to graduate and move on to a four year university! I can’t thank our scholarship donors enough for believing in me.”


“I could not have achieved such a positive reputation, made the friends I have, and achieved an amazing GPA without a scholarship relieving the burden of financial costs. UCNJ has become a home for me, and I work hard every day to be able to give back for this new chance in life. I graduated in the Spring 2015 and transferred to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Fall 2015. I was even awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cook scholarship which is the largest private scholarship for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year baccalaureate institutions in the U.S.”


“ Scholarships are investments that enable disadvantaged students the opportunity to maximize education. Without the Foundation’s assistance, who knows if I would have achieved the grades necessary to become an acclaimed national academic recognition as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and be awarded a two-year $80,000 scholarship for when I begin classes at my transfer institution in the Fall, Columbia University. Therefore, I am beyond thank to our donors and their commitment to the Foundation’s mission.”


“I received scholarships at UCNJ every semester which helped me cover every bit of my tuition without taking loans. This helped me unlock many doors of success. Currently I am the program manager for the City of Newark’s Summer Youth Employment program.” – Marsha Armstrong, Class of 2014


“UCNJ provided the foundation for who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. I currently work for Wakefern Food Corporation in Human Resources. I am very thankful for the path UCNJ has put me on and I am so excited to see what my future holds.” – Ryan Kelly, Class of 2012


“If it was not for the generous scholarships I received at UCNJ, I wouldn’t have earned my associate degree in Psychology or continued my higher education at Seton Hall University. I am Chief of Staff to Speaker Pro-Tempore and Assemblyman Jerry Green. I’m extremely grateful to the donors who believed in my abilities and individual goals.” – Maria Del Cid, Class of 2013