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Aug 5, 2010

Three Middlesex County College students were awarded $1,500 scholarships from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.

The three are Darlene Gillet, Hisham Santiago and Gilberto Sousa.

Ms. Gillet is majoring in pre-professional biology and plans to continue her education at a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Ms. Gillet, a member of the College golf team, also enjoys bowling, swimming, cycling and running. She is a member of her local community chorus.

Mr. Santiago, who is major in nursing, plans to work right after graduation. He hopes to earn his bachelor’s degree while working as a nurse assistant or a nurse anesthesiologist. He is an avid sports fan and played basketball in high school, returning earlier this year to his school to work as assistant coach for the middle school team. He is also active in his church youth group.

Mr. Sousa is majoring in civil engineering with a focus on land surveying. He has always been fascinated by the design and maintenance of bridges, roads, dams and buildings, and he has worked on numerous construction sites since his teenage years as a forklift operator. A passionate volunteer, Mr. Sousa has assisted his local fire department, worked for Meals on Wheels in East Brunswick and reads Dr. Seuss’ books to special needs children during the annual “Read Across America” event. After earning his degree, he plans to work in an engineering firm.

Each year, the Council awards $1,500 scholarships to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related fields who are enrolled in one of New Jersey’s community colleges. Major field of interest, grade point average, extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals are all considered. The R&D Council’s members make these scholarships available through donations.

This year’s contributing members are Bristol-Myers Squibb, Casabona Ventures, Celgene Corportation, ExxonMobil, General Magnaplate, Hoffman LaRoche, Novartis, PSEG, Reckitt Benckiser, Sabinsa Corporation and the Stevens Institute of Technology.

As part of their scholarships, the students are invited to attend a luncheon this summer at one of the corporate member’s research offices that will strengthen their relationship with the Council. The Council will also recognize these students’ achievements during the 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards at the Council’s annual dinner on November 4. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to learn from and network with noted figures with science, technology, engineering and mathematics backgrounds.

Ten other students from New Jersey’s community colleges also received scholarships.

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating an environment that supports the advancement of research and development throughout New Jersey. The Council comprises senior representatives from industry, academia and government.
 
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