David Seale, of Denville, an international studies and mathematics major at County College of Morris (CCM) and graduate of Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, has another honor to add to his long list of accomplishments. Along with recently being named a member of the prestigious All-USA Academic Team, a New Century Scholar, and a Guistwhite Scholar, Seale has now been named a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at one of the nation’s top four-year colleges or universities. As a recipient, Seale will receive up to $30,000 per year for two to three years while pursuing his bachelor’s degree. As a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Seale also is eligible for an additional $50,000 scholarship to pursue graduate studies.
“David is an outstanding and very deserving student,” said Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management, who nominated Seale for the scholarship. “We at County College of Morris are thrilled that he has distinguished himself so admirably.”
“David has done an excellent job of taking full advantage of the community college experience and excelling academically,” added Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “He stands as a shining example of the value of starting a higher education at a community college where you can learn from a faculty passionate about teaching and at an affordable price.”
Earlier this year, Seale was selected as a member of the prestigious All-USA Community College Academic Team, a collaboration of USA Today, Follet Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. Seale was one of 20 students selected nationwide from a pool of more than 1,600 nominations.
As the highest scorer in New Jersey, he also was named the Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. In addition, he was named a 2011 Guistwhite Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa. He was one of 20 students selected from more than 1,340 applicants for that honor.
Along with excelling academically at CCM, Seale has served as international vice-president for Phi Theta Kappa; president of Phi Theta Kappa, Middle States Region; and president of the CCM Student Government Association. He also founded the New Jersey Student Leader Union, a group dedicated to increasing communications among New Jersey’s student leaders about issues facing community colleges, and helped develop C4, a national initiative to increase graduation rates among community college students.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar,” said Seale. “Balancing my schoolwork with my commitments at home and travel assignments for Phi Theta Kappa has been very challenging, but I managed to get through my homework in hotel rooms and planes and such. In the end, the late nights and long flights certainly paid off.”
Seale plans to pursue his education in international development at one of the nation’s top universities after he graduates from CCM this May.
Since its opening in 1968, CCM has provided Morris County, New Jersey and the surrounding region with an outstanding, affordable education. Today, CCM offers more than 65 associate degree programs, along with more than 30 certificate programs and 300 non-credit courses, for those seeking to improve and enrich their lives.