Berkeley College NJ Outstanding Student Demonstrates Passion, Dedication, and Commitment
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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010
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BERKELEY COLLEGE NEW JERSEY OUTSTANDING STUDENT DEMONSTRATES
PASSION, DEDICATION, AND COMMITMENT TO HER STUDIES AND TO HELPING OTHERS
Berkeley College recently honored the achievements of Nancy N. Drepaul of North Bergen, NJ, by presenting her with the New Jersey Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award for 2010. Ms. Drepaul, who completed her Bachelor of Science degree in International Business, received the award during the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony held at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Friday, April 30.
The Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who has met high standards of academic excellence while overcoming personal, professional, or financial obstacles. Students are nominated for the award by Berkeley College faculty and staff.
“The highest honor bestowed upon a Berkeley College graduate is The Robert Maher Award,” said Berkeley College Senior Vice President for Student Success Thomas L. Thomas, PhD. “Each year a committee of faculty and administrators chooses a recipient who understands the value of education and demonstrates the tenacity and persistence to improve under difficult circumstances. At Berkeley Nancy has demonstrated remarkable passion, dedication and commitment to her studies while at the same time reaching out to help others.”
Ms. Drepaul was born in Guyana. Her family migrated to the United States when she was 7 years old. It was a challenging time and her parents struggled to educate their children.
“Finances were always an issue but my dad made it his duty to enroll me in a Catholic elementary school with high hopes that I would achieve outstanding grades,” Ms. Drepaul said. “Today, I am so proud to be the first in my family to graduate from college and I hope to be a role model for my brother as well as for my many cousins.”
While attending Berkeley College, Ms. Drepaul worked in the Office of External Relations. She served in leadership roles such as President, Garret Mountain Campus Student Government Association, and Vice President, Bergen Campus Student Government Association. She coordinated and modeled in Berkeley College fundraising fashion shows and was responsible for organizing an on-campus multicultural festival. In addition, Ms. Drepaul has represented the New Jersey Campuses at Career College Association meetings on Capitol Hill.
Outside of college, Ms. Drepaul has volunteered her time and talents for organizations such as the March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area and Berkeley College Online.
Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields,and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College Senior Vice President for Student Success Thomas L. Thomas, PhD, presents Nancy N. Drepaul of North Bergen, NJ, with the New Jersey Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award at the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony, held April 30 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.