Applicants Sought for RVCC Paralegal Scholarship

The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Foundation is accepting applications for the Patricia Critelli Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, established in 2013 by Hunterdon County attorney David Bunevich, is for students enrolled at RVCC who are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies or a Paralegal Studies Certificate. The annual scholarship of $4,400 is named in honor of Patricia Critelli, who has worked with Bunevich as a paralegal professional for the past 28 years. The first recipient selected for the Patricia Critelli Scholarship was Robin Lynch of Milford. “I am pleased to honor Pat’s exemplary contribution to our law practice and also provide a scholarship to the Hunterdon County legal community for a position that is essential to our success,” said Bunevich. Scholarship candidates must be a resident of Hunterdon County or have worked in the legal profession in Hunterdon County for at least two years. The candidate must demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit; be dedicated to a career in law; and show a commitment to the values of the law and an ethic of justice, fairness and integrity, both at RVCC and in the community. The recipient must earn and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better as an RVCC student. Interested individuals are invited to contact Maria M. DeFilippis, Esq., Coordinator of Paralegal Studies at RVCC, 908-526-1200, ext. 8239 or Maria.DeFilippis@raritanval.edu, for more information. The Hunterdon County Bar Association and its scholarship committee will participate in the selection process. RVCC’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is designed for students who already have received, or are in the process of obtaining, an Associate Degree or a Baccalaureate Degree in a field of study other than paralegal studies. The 24-credit Certificate program allows students to obtain a paralegal education in a timely and cost-effective manner. It also helps students to meet the requirements of potential employers, a large number of whom require both a college degree and a paralegal certificate as hiring standards. RVCC’s Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science Degree, a 62-credit program, is offered through the Business and Public Service Department, whose mission is to provide challenging, career-oriented undergraduate programs to business and public service students, educating them to the level of competency needed for successful transfer to four-year institutions or immediate career path entry. RVCC’s Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association and includes courses in all areas of the legal profession, with specialized courses in such areas as research and writing, litigation, real estate and family law. Faculty members are practicing attorneys or paralegals, each teaching in his or her area of expertise. For additional information about the program, contact DeFilippis at 908-526-1200, ext. 8239 or Maria.DeFilippis@raritanval.edu. As the fundraising arm of Raritan Valley Community College, the RVCC Foundation engages individuals, local businesses, corporations, and other foundations in philanthropic activities to help ensure the College continues to provide high quality education at an affordable cost. It also supports the College’s standing as a premier academic inst