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NECC Awards More Than $200,000 in Scholarships

Submitted by on August 7, 2014 – 2:11 pm

Recently, 216 Northern Essex Community College students were awarded 236 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year.

“Our students are deeply appreciative of the many generous individuals and organizations that make these scholarships possible,” said Jean Poth, vice president of institutional advancement. “For many of our students, a scholarship is what allows them to stay in school.”

The majority of scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and come from a variety of sources, including private donors, memorial donations, local businesses, and private foundations.

Several new memorial scholarships were awarded this year including The John B. Guarino Memorial Scholarship, The Francis W. “Fran” Cleary, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, The Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship, The Kathy Proietti Memorial Scholarship, and the Matthew W. Poth Memorial Scholarship.

“Establishing a scholarship can be a very appropriate way of honoring an individual,” said Poth. “A scholarship also is a very effective way of giving back to the community since the great majority of our students are from the Merrimack Valley.”

To establish a permanent endowed scholarship, donors must make a minimum donation of $10,000. For more information, contact Jean Poth at 978-556-3624 or

View all of our scholarship recipients for 2014/2015 by community: