Essex County College Scholarship Gala Set for April 11

Essex County College is celebrating 55 years of Student Success with its 55th Anniversary Scholarship Gala to be held Thursday, April 11 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston at 6:00 p.m.

“The Gala is first and foremost an opportunity for the College to raise valuable scholarship dollars. We have so many outstanding students whose only obstacle to success is their lack of adequate financial resources. Our continued goal is to help our most deserving students earn a valuable college education and take the next step toward achieving their dreams,” said ECC’s President, Dr. Augustine A. Boakye

This year’s event will recognize three faculty members who have dedicated themselves to ECC’s students since the institution opened its doors on Newark’s Clinton Avenue in 1968.  These “Pioneers” are:

  • Professor Patricia Bartinique (Humanities)
  • Professor Gerald Freedman (Social Sciences)
  • Dr. Robert Spellman (Humanities)

Two outstanding alumnae, who have shown what ECC’s graduates can accomplish, will also be honored at the Gala. They are:

  • New Jersey State Senator Renee Burgess of the 28th Legislative District (Class of 1999)
  • Vivian Carter, retired Newark Public Schools teacher and current volunteer “extraordinaire” (Class of 1973)

“It’s our honor to recognize these extraordinary faculty members and outstanding alumnae. The Gala is one of our featured events as we look back on the past 55 years of service and look forward to the future,” stated Dr. Boakye.

Tickets to the Gala are priced at $225 each and can be reserved at: