Five Rowan College at Gloucester County students received $1,000 Peter J. McGuire scholarships during the 121st Annual Labor Day Observance held Friday, Sept. 4, at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.
Pictured left to right are: Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) President Frederick Keating, STEM Dean Brenden Rickards, Professor Geraldine Savidge Martin, Scholarship Administrator Karen Lucas, Congressman Donald Norcross, scholarship recipients Mayrose Figuracion (Sewell), Emilio Pomales (Vineland), Domonique DeNardo (Blackwood), Kelly Murphy (Cinnaminson) and Samantha Nevius (Wenonah), Vice President Student Services Judith Atkinson and Executive Director Admissions Michael Chando.
Founded in 1985 by the Camden Central Labor Union and American Federation of Teachers Local 2373, the program honors McGuire, the father of Labor Day. Coordinated by the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, it has granted 600 scholarships—awarding more than $500,000 to deserving students—since its inception.
McGuire devoted his life to fair labor laws, working conditions and education and co-founded the American Federation of Labor alongside Samuel Gompers. He famously proclaimed, "[we want] more schoolhouses and less jails, more books and less arsenals, more learning and less vice."
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.