Berkeley College First-Year Honors Student from Irvington Receives Award for Community Service

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Photo Caption: First-Year Berkeley College Honors student Aliyah Thom of Irvington, NJ, presents her research poster titled “Barriers to Quality Health Care: The Problem of Accessibility and Affordability among Minorities,” on July 27, 2018, at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. Ms. Thom, who is earning a BBA in Health Services Management, received the First-Year Honors award for community service. 

Berkeley College announced awards for academic performance and community service among the Berkeley College First-Year Honors Program students on July 27, 2018, following poster presentations of the students’ research held in Woodland Park, NJ, and Manhattan, NY. 

Aliyah Thom of Irvington, NJ, received the Berkeley College First-Year Honors award for community service. The award for community service is determined by the number of hours of service contributed during the three consecutive semesters comprising the program.

The Honors Program theme – Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice – gave the students the opportunity to examine social issues within the United States and abroad.  Students were able to identify societal inequalities and challenges between law and science in a changing society.

The topic of Ms. Thom’s research was “Barriers to Quality Health Care: The Problem of Accessibility and Affordability among Minorities.” She is on target to graduate in 2020 with a BBA in Health Services Management.

The rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College are distinguished by scholarship and service. First-Year Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher and complete three consecutive Honors Seminars from the fall to spring terms at Berkeley College at one of four campuses: Woodbridge and Woodland Park in New Jersey or Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. The students must also complete 10 or more hours of documented community service from the fall to spring terms. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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