A Call from the President

NCC Has Its First New Century Scholar

Aaron RosengartenOn March 2 Aaron Rosengarten received a call from Dr. Mark Erickson, NCC's president, letting him know that he had been selected as a New Century Scholar based on his grades, leadership, activities and application of intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

More than 1700 students from 1000 community colleges in the United States and American Samoa were nominated.  Only fifty were selected.  Rosengarten was the highest-scoring candidate from Pennsylvania.

"It seems surreal," Rosengarten said.

Rosengarten has excelled in and beyond the classroom since coming to NCC from Wilson Area High School.  He holds a 3.96 grade point average and serves as president of both the campus chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Political Science Club.  He also is a graduate of the student leadership program, and he represents students on the College's Academic Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

After graduating from Northampton this spring, he intends to continue his education to earn a bachelor's degree and ultimately a Ph.D. in political science as well as a law degree.  He plans to practice law and perhaps to run for public office.

"Aaron is a combination of smart, hard-working, ambitious, and humble, all rolled into one," says Erickson.  "He is a joy to work with and fun to watch. There is an internal fire in Aaron that will take him far. It will be fun to see all he will accomplish!"

Rosengarten will  travel to Texas next month to be recognized at the American Association of College Presidents convention in San Antonio.  He and each of the other 49 scholars will receive a $2000 scholarship to continue their education. 

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.