Dr. Francisco Dillon, a longtime friend and supporter of Essex County College, has given the school $10,000 to be used for scholarships.
Dr. Dillon, a former member of the Essex County College’s Foundation, recently presented the check from the Frank Dillon Scholarship Fund/Primerica to President Anthony E. Munroe.
“My contribution is keeping with the mission as Essex County College,’” said Dr. Dillon. “This is to help kids who couldn’t make it without some financial support; single parents as well as immigrants,” he added.
“We are so honored and thrilled that you see the value this College has and continues to have in the lives of so many,” said Dr. Munroe. “This is what we do here at Essex, providing hope for so many of our residents, while helping to remove barriers they may face.”
Dr. Dillon, who has donated to the College over the years, said he is a strong advocate of education and will continue to do so.
“As we address the challenges our College faces, what’s important to remember is that our academic integrity has never been called in question,” said Dr. Munroe.
Essex County College President Emeritus A. Zachary Yamba, who also attended the check presentation, took note that seven Essex students (including one graduate) have been named semi-finalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship, worth up to $120,000. “That is very big,” said Dr. Yamba.