Rowan College at Gloucester County

RCGC Student Receives National Women's Scholarship for Leadership

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Date: 10/2/2015

Georgia-Maitland-headshot.jpgDeptford Twp. – Georgia Maitland likes to be on the move. Whether it is providing campus tours at Open House or helping out during college events, volunteering is definitely in the picture for the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) student who has an avid interest in photography and is majoring in communications.

When Maitland was awarded a $500 national scholarship from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) at the end of the spring semester, her RCGC mentors were not a bit surprised. Maitland was one of ten students selected by the AAWCC to receive the 2015-2016 National Scholarship. Recipients were chosen based on their “noteworthy academic accomplishments, community involvement and contributions made in support of women’s issues at their respective community colleges.”

“After becoming a college student, I decided I wanted to be active in the college community,” said Maitland. “Joining the AAWCC has helped me to reach my goal by providing opportunities to serve. The encouragement and guidance that I have received from other AAWCC members has assisted me in exceeding the expectations that I had for myself.”

“Georgia has helped AAWCC members find a place of understanding and unity where differences have created a divide due to our various backgrounds and lifestyles. She is a leader because her reach extends to understanding others despite differences,” noted RCGC Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Linda Hurlburt. Hurlburt formerly served as AAWCC Region II Director and currently supports the organization as a member, a unit she views as a vital entity on campus that reaches out to provide leadership and helps to guide women to their full potential by opening doors to opportunity.

“Georgia sets an example in her determination to give her best in her fields of study, professionalism as a student worker and humility in serving the community as an AAWCC member,” said Human Resources Benefits Manager and AAWCC member Coryndi McFadden, who recognized Maitland’s leadership potential from the moment they first met.

Founded in 2012, the College’s chapter has exemplified the AAWCC’s mission to change the lives of women through education, service and leadership development. As a member, Maitland has shown herself to be a pillar whose character exemplifies the standards vital to reaching the AAWCC’s mission. Throughout the year, the chapter’s charitable donations to Choices of the Heart Pregnancy  Counseling Center and student sponsorship to a leadership conference has had a positive impact on women in both the college and local community.

“Although Georgia has been selected to receive scholarships from the Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County for her excellence as a student, her willingness to volunteer her time in support of her college community and the AAWCC are the true attributes that make her a model leader of the student body,” stated Karen Lucas, administrator of Student Scholarships and an AAWCC member.

Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.