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PR # 157 February 13, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) students who continue their education at Centenary College of Hackettstown will be eligible for a new scholarship, thanks to the generosity of David and Carol Lackland of Watchung.

The Lackland Centenary Award is available for students who transfer at least 45 credits from RVCC to Centenary College. The $5,000 per year scholarship, which may be split among two recipients, has been established by the Lackland Educational Supporting Organization. Carol Lackland is a graduate of Centenary College.

?We are extremely grateful to Carol and David Lackland for their generous scholarship, which provides opportunities for RVCC graduates to continue their higher education and obtain a bachelor?s degree at Centenary College,? said Dr. Richard D. Wellbrock, chairman of the RVCC Board of Trustees.

A U.S. Army veteran and graduate of Lehigh University, David A. Lackland established Lackland Brothers, Inc. with his twin brother Fred in 1956. The company was initially established to build and develop residential properties. Since that time Lackland Brothers has sold more than 2,000 homes, constructed and leased several industrial buildings and entered the self-storage industry. The company?s main emphasis is now in building and operating over 30 self-storage facilities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. David Lackland is a trustee of Centenary College.

David and Carol Lackland have also invested in the future and expansion of Centenary College with the construction of Centenary?s David and Carol Lackland Center, which will house the College?s performing arts and communication programs.

?The generosity of the Lacklands will help Centenary College maintain its status as the fastest growing private college in New Jersey,? said Centenary College President Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt. ?Their support of the David and Carol Lackland Center and this scholarship are true testaments to their commitment to higher education in northwest New Jersey.?

About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College?s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College?s main campus is located in Hackettstown, NJ, with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The College?s Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) offers accelerated degree completion programs in Parsippany, with an additional facility in Iselin, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. Centenary College also has satellite learning centers in China for MBA joint venture programs.

About Raritan Valley Community College
RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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