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Two hundred thousand dollars in scholarships and awards are available this academic year for students attending the County College of Morris (CCM), the college’s Foundation has announced. The 95 scholarships and awards cover almost all academic disciplines, including several available to nursing students, as well students studying landscape management, music, international studies, hospitality management, public administration, business, and students with disabilities.

Alessandra DeJesus of Budd Lake, N.J., was this year’s winner of the Morris County Women’s Republican Club Scholarship, which is administered by CCM. “It was extremely important to me for several reasons. First, it helped me pay for my summer courses,” DeJesus says. “But I also plan to go into the world of politics, so to be associated with this group is very valuable to me.” Once she graduates from CCM, DeJesus plans to attend a four-year degree and go on to law school.

“We are happy to be able to offer so many scholarships and awards to new and returning students,” says Joseph Vitale, vice president of the County College of Morris Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, CCM students who qualify for these scholarships have additional ways to underwrite the cost of their education. We hope all students will contact our Financial Aid Office and investigate the criteria for applying for these awards.”

Most scholarships are awarded based on grade point average. “We offer scholarships primarily to Morris County residents to attract stellar students to our school,” says Harvey Willis, director of the CCM Financial Aid Office. “These students earn their scholarships through personal excellence. It is particularly important to reward exceptional students during these difficult financial times.” He encourages students not to shy away from applying for scholarships and emphasizes that the CCM Financial Aid Office is ready to guide them through the application process.

Students who are interested in applying for the 2009-2010 scholarships should contact the County College of Morris Financial Aid Office at A listing of all available scholarships can be found at