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PR # 91 November 13, 2007


Twenty-four students at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) have been awarded the Galileo Scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year. The scholarship is awarded to students majoring in science, math, engineering and technology.

RVCC?s Galileo Scholarship is awarded annually to qualified students based on their academic potential and financial need. The scholarships are funded in part by the National Science Foundation; the RVCC Foundation; Intersil Corp.; Hydromer, Inc.; sanofi-aventis Pharmaceuticals; The Gibson Family Foundation; the Sanford and Karolee Glassman Endowed Scholarship; and the Lindemann Family.

The Galileo Scholars meet with industry partners in their field of interest for mentoring and internship opportunities. They also are introduced to the many rewarding careers and job opportunities available in the areas of science, math, engineering and technology.

RVCC provides both in-person and online academic support to the Galileo Scholars, who are assigned to faculty mentors/advisors in each discipline area. The College also assists in linking the Scholars with RVCC?s four-year partner institutions for seamless transfer opportunities to continue their higher education. In addition, a series of science- and math-related activities are held on and off campus to encourage student development in these areas.

The scholarships are part of the Galileo Scholars Program, an RVCC initiative aimed at promoting educational opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology. One of the project?s goals is to dramatically increase the number of high school graduates who pursue science, math, engineering and technology majors.

For more information, contact Patti Hulsen, RVCC Associate Professor of Mathematics/Galileo Scholars Program Coordinator, Galileo@raritanval.edu .

Following is a list of the Galileo Scholars for the 2007-2008 school year:

Adjei-Boyhyen, Kofi Hillsborough
Banghart, Jodi Martinsville
Bhatty, Darshankumar Piscataway
Bizerril-Williams, Juliana Bedminster
Brown, Daniel Somerville
Gilbert, Christopher Pittstown
Gold, Justin Raritan
Hilal, Neelofer Raritan
Kaba, Mohamed Somerset
Kafarski, Jeremy Phillipsburg
Kodjo, Christelle Milford
Meldrim, Daniel Middlesex
Montoya, Andrea Branchburg
Murphy, Jessica Flemington
Nguyen, Duy Piscataway
Ogun, Babatunde Newark
Patel, Dhara Iselin
Patel, Dhvanil Bridgewater
Tallmadge, Ryan Somerset
Teerarak, Sinanon Warren
Thomas, Beata Franklin Park
Tokar, Yaryna Manville
VanFossen, Jeff Frenchtown
Vo, Tuan Le Branchburg

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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