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Two members of Essex County College’s Class of 2019 are recipients of New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) scholarships. The NJALL scholarships presented to Musa Aluga (General Science) and Kim Cozier (Business Administration) are valued at $6,000 each.
Musa and Kim were two of only three NJALL scholarship recipients this year, said Judith Celestin, Director of the College’s Adult Learning Center, where both students started their Essex careers. ”Their strong determination and positive disposition are what will make them successful as they complete their Bachelor’s degree and in future endeavors,” she added.
Musa, an East Orange resident, has transferred to William Paterson University’s School of Nursing. Kim, from Newark, is headed to Rutgers University-Newark.
Musa grew up in a Sudan war zone. In 2011, when he was 21, Musa came to the United States and discovered that he was too old to enroll in a traditional high school setting. After learning he needed at least a high school diploma in order to become a nurse’s assistant, Musa turned to his local community college, taking classes through the Adult Learning Center. He is now well on the path toward becoming a nurse.
Kim, originally from Guyana, always dreamed of earning a college degree and having a successful career. However, personal circumstances kept her from fulfilling that dream. When it became very clear that she needed a high school diploma and more, Kim headed to ECC where she enrolled in the high school completion program. After earning her GED she continued at Essex and will major in Business Management and Leadership at Rutgers.