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Volume 17, Number 5
July 28, 2009

Institutional Advancement News

College Foundation Honors Student Scholars at Annual Luncheon

Fourteen students were honored at the Foundation Scholars Luncheon hosted by the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation on May 14. Recipients of the Piscopo Family Scholarship, the Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship and the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Scholars program came together with President Curtis, Foundation board members and others to accept scholarship awards and share their stories. In their remarks, the students described how much the College—and an education—means to them and how scholarship support is crucial to staying on the path to graduation and career success.

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Scholars

Foundation Scholars group photo

The 12 Foundation Scholars – back row, from left: Sandy Widura, Michelle Rodgers, Tracey T. Betters, Kurt August, Carl Laguerre, Richard Potter, Timothy Peterman, Marta Coronado. Front row, from left: Monique Tedjasukmana, Karoline Vielemeyer, Arika Renee Paquette, Fraidel Phelps.

Twelve deserving students accepted $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships funded by the College Foundation’s Scholars program. This scholarship program recognizes students who demonstrate the ability to achieve in academic and community endeavors and who have overcome barriers on their way to success.

In video interviews, five Community College of Philadelphia Foundation scholars talk about their experiences at the College and about how education is central to achieving their personal and career goals. To watch these poignant video interviews, visit

Piscopo Family Scholarship
Established by Foundation Board President Al Piscopo, the Piscopo Family Scholarship recognizes a student pursuing an associate’s degree in a Business curriculum.

Long Le, a Finance major at the College, was this year’s recipient of the $1,000 award. Long, who graduated in May with an associate’s degree in Business, plans to transfer to Temple University. He hopes to pursue a career in financial advising.

Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship
Shameka Sawyer was the recipient of the Kathryn J. Engebretson Scholarship. Named for a former president of the William Penn Foundation, the $10,000 scholarship provides financial support for a student returning to college to pursue a postsecondary degree.

Shameka’s goal is to graduate from the College with a degree in Communications, complete a bachelor’s degree program and establish her own public relations firm. She also hopes to serve youth in her community by creating internship opportunities for teens to prepare them for entrance into the job market.