Dwayne Henderson
Milly Birhanu

Generous Phi Theta Kappa scholarships have been awarded to two members of the Class of 2018, making their transfers this fall to four-year schools a little easier. The recipients are Dwayne Henderson and Milly Birhanu.


Dwayne, this year’s president of the College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the honor society, received a $19,000 Kappa scholarship from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Business Administration major at Essex County College. Dwayne was also admitted into FDU’s Entrepreneur Program and the University’s Honors Program.


Milly, a General Science major, earned a $17,500 scholarship to Felician University where she will study Nursing. She also received a PTK scholarship to FDU, with Felician her top choice.


“This is outstanding news,” President Anthony E. Munroe said of Dwayne and Milly receiving the scholarships.


“Dwayne and Milly are both wonderful students and student leaders,” said  Biology Instructor Lynn Wilson, co-advisor of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. “I am so proud of their achievements and see nothing but greatness in their futures.”
Dwayne was also named to the All USA-New Jersey Community College Academic Team and will be recognized on May 3 by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and state Legislature on Phi Theta Kappa Day. In addition to the PTK scholarship, the Newark resident received the $1,000 FDU Alumni, Trustee, and Faculty Grant, with a big assist from his cousin who is an FDU alumna.


When Milly learned she received the scholarship, she said, “Without this money I’m not sure where I would be now; this will truly help a lot.” She grew up in Ethiopia where her father was a surgeon and mother a nurse. “They really inspired me to take this path,” said the single mom who lives in Orange.



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