Deptford Twp. – Proud Rowan College at Gloucester County advocates
and Woolrich residents Richard and Judith Holmes have continued their
family’s generous donations to the Christopher C. Holmes Memorial Scholarship – named in honor of their late son.
Established in 2014, the Holmes family provided an initial $25,000 fund
to the scholarship, which increased to an amiable $80,000 by the end of
the year thanks to further donations from the family, friends and
colleagues. Housed under the Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester
County, the scholarship originally provided a minimum of $1250 annually
to assist tuition costs for any Gloucester County resident and
non-traditional student of RCGC. With the new increase of funds, the
endowment is expected to annually provide $3,500, an amount almost
sufficient to provide tuition of a student annually to Rowan College at
To qualify, non-traditional students – as
defined by RCGC – must be at least 21 years of age studying full-time.
Students must be in their first or second year and currently enrolled in
college-level courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0, although those who
have not yet taken college courses may apply if they have maintained at
least a B average in high school.
Applicants who qualify must
then submit a short essay about career objectives, and include a
recommendation from a RCGC faculty member or counselor. High school
students planning to enroll in the College may include a
recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, employee or other
appropriate individual. An unofficial transcript or high school record
is also required.
“We chose Gloucester County College [now Rowan
College at Gloucester County] to receive this endowment because three
members of the family have taken advantage of the course offerings
here,” Richard Holmes said. “We believe community colleges represent
the most cost effective education possible and are ideal for
“All we ask of the students who
receive this scholarship is the same thing we asked of Christopher, his
brother, and his sister,” added Judith Holmes. “To exert their very best
effort to succeed,
and when they do, to whenever and wherever possible ‘pay it forward.’”
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.