United Way Women’s Leadership Council Awards Grant To RVCC Foundation For Scholarships

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United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council has awarded the Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Foundation a $5,000 grant to provide financially strapped students with scholarship support.

Now in its fourth year of being awarded, the ALICE Scholarship supports students in financial need who are pursuing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. Eligible coursework can lead either to employment or to a transfer program at a four-year institution of higher education.

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A United Way acronym, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the one-in-four New Jersey households that earn above the poverty level but not enough to afford the basics. United Way research shows that more than 27,000 households, or 24 percent of Somerset County households, are classified as ALICE.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with Raritan Valley Community College to support students from ALICE families who deserve a chance to reach their full potential,” said Council Associate Director Michele Dreiblatt. “Through the ALICE Scholarships, we are helping students on their path to employment and, ultimately, to financial independence.”

In addition to RVCC, the Council currently supports scholarships at Centenary College, Sussex County Community College, and Warren County Community College. Each institution offers a one-to-one match of the ALICE Scholarship.

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“We are thrilled to be partnering with United Way to provide much-needed scholarship support for students who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Ronnie Weyl, Executive Director, RVCC Foundation. “To extend the impact of the Council’s ALICE Scholarship, the RVCC Foundation provides matching funds to award additional scholarships and help to alleviate the financial burden so many of our students face.”

The Council raises money for the ALICE Scholarship through two annual fundraisers. The United Way Honey Open Golf Outing is a women’s-only golf event held in Sussex County, and the Council’s regional breakfast is a networking opportunity for women business and community leaders throughout the region. For more information about the Council and its fundraising opportunities, email MicheleDreiblatt@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973-993-1160, ext. 128.

For additional information about the RVCC Foundation, contact Ronnie Weyl, Executive Director of the RVCC Foundation, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8349 or ronnie.weyl@raritanval.edu.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey

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United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health. We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973-993-1160 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.

About RVCC

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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