Left to right: Rowan College Foundation Director Raymond Page, Financial Services Executive Director Elizabeth Hall, Foundation Vice-President Geraldine Martin, Foundation President Robert McErlane, Bernard and Linda Weisenfeld and Rowan College President Frederick Keating.
Nursing and engineering students attending Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) will have an opportunity for a more financially efficient education, thanks to the funding of the new Weisenfeld-Hitchins Family Endowment.
The Weisenfeld-Hitchins Scholarship began with Bernard and Linda Weisenfeld and their lengthy friendship with many members of the then Gloucester County College (GCC) staff, including the College's first president William L. Apetz — previously Weisenfeld's elementary school principal. Weisenfeld, an accomplished journalist and former employee at Deptford Township High School, was recognized by the College for his excellence in reporting in the '70s, continuing his long-standing relationship with GCC.
It was his wife, Linda, however, who introduced the idea of an endowment to him. A longtime resident of Sewell, she had grown up "right across the street" from the College and had a similar history with many members of the GCC faculty from her time as a student at Deptford High School, including John Henzy and Dr. Ross Beitzel. After suggesting the endowment idea, the decision was unanimous.
"This is more for the students," Linda Weisenfeld said. "We would like to bring college students some piece of mind so that they know there are scholarship opportunities here for them."
"I received a state scholarship to Rutgers," added Bernard Weisenfeld, who is currently the public information officer for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. "I appreciate what that does, and I look forward to meeting the student who receives this scholarship."
"This is a generous gift provided by two longtime friends of the College," said Rowan College President Frederick Keating. "We appreciate that the Weisenfeld and Hitchins families believe in the value of higher education and are gracious in their support of students seeking to achieve their dreams."
Gloucester County students attending RCGC full time, majoring in either the nursing or engineering programs, are eligible for the $500 scholarship as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. High school students planning to enroll at RCGC with a GPA equivalent to a B or higher can also apply.
Students are also required to complete a 250-word essay and submit a note of recommendation from a RCGC faculty member or counselor, along with a copy of their unofficial transcripts. Financial need will also be taken into consideration.
For more information on student scholarships, visit rcgc.edu/scholarships.