A Camden County College student was among the 16 community college students throughout the state to receive Research & Development Council of New Jersey Merit Scholarships for the 2013-14 term. Recognized from CCC was Ryan Bentz of Voorhees, an engineering science major.
Each year, the Council awards scholarships to New Jersey community college students who are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related fields of study. Selection criteria include a grade-point average of 3.5 or greater, extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards received and post-graduation career goals.
Bentz has a 3.7 grade-point average and works as a computer-aided engineering design tutor at the College. He is the communications officer for the CCC Engineering club and is a student member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. He has volunteered as part of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and with The Trevor Project, which focuses on youth crisis and suicide prevention.
Composed of senior representatives from industry, academia and government, many from Fortune 500 companies, the nonprofit Council supports research and development advancement throughout New Jersey. The scholarships are available thanks to donations from Council members Bristol-Myers Squibb, ExxonMobil, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, Montclair State University, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp., Roche, Rutgers University, Sabinsa Corp. and Stevens Institute of Technology.
“These accomplished young people are the key to a bright future of research and development in New Jersey,” said Ian Shankland, Council board chairman and Honeywell vice president and chief technology officer. “New Jersey can and should be proud of the talent pool of STEM-educated individuals in the state.”
This year’s scholarship winners attended a luncheon at a Council member’s research facility to strengthen their relationship with the research and development community and to discover more about their fields of study. They also will be recognized during the Council’s 34th Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception.