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RCBC Students Overcome Adversity

CaMeshia Mitchell

Two Rowan College at Burlington County students will earn awards for overcoming adversity in their lives.  
“Life is full of obstacles and these students deserve the recognition they will receive for overcoming their hurdles and thriving at Rowan College at Burlington County and in their communities,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Their indomitable spirit inspires us all.”
Ca’Meshia Mitchell overcame an abusive relationship and decided to go back to school to provide a better life for herself and her children. She is a current student at RCBC and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is looking to get a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Ca’Meshia also helps other victims of domestic violence and advocates for women’s rights.
"It is truly an honor to be the recipient of the Alice Paul Champion Award and scholarship,” Mitchell states. “Because of leaders such as Alice Paul, I now have the opportunity to achieve any goal that I set for myself as well as help other young girls and women in their journeys towards success."  
Mitchell will receive the Alice Paul Champion Student Award and a $1,000 scholarship. The award is given in partnership with the Alice Paul Institute to a young woman who believes in the advocacy of the many issues still challenging women in our community today. The award will be presented at an awards banquet held on Thursday, March 31 at The Marion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.
Althea Parker, began to pursue her college degree amid health issues that resulted in partial vision loss and the onset of other disabilities. These health issues did not stop her from enrolling at RCBC and in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program. She is very committed to beating the odds and achieved her goal of earning Dean’s List last semester. Parker is currently on track to graduate RCBC in December.
“It is an honor to receive the award,” says Parker. “I am really grateful for all of the help I received at RCBC.”
Parker will receive the Andrew J. Murphy Award from the Advancing Opportunities Agency. This award is given in memory of a young man who did not let physical limitations prevent him from following his dreams. The award will be presented at the Agency’s upcoming Spring Hoedown, scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at the Fieldhouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

Pictured: Ca’Meshia Mitchell will be receiving the Alice Paul Champion Student Award and a $1,000 scholarship on March 31.