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SCC’s Jennifer McGraw earns College Service Achievement Award

SCC’s Jennifer McGraw earns College Service Achievement Award
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Salem Community College’s Jennifer McGraw has earned the College Service Achievement Award, presented annually to a graduating student who addresses College issues, displays school spirit, and actively participates in campus clubs and activities. The award honors President Emeritus Dr. Peter B. Contini.

“Jennifer immersed herself in our community immediately upon enrollment in SCC. During her time at SCC, Jennifer participated in community service, represented the College at several events, and held two leadership positions – president of Phi Theta Kappa and vice president of the Educational Opportunity Fund Club,” said Laura Green, chair of the student life committee, in her tribute to McGraw at the recent virtual awards ceremony.

“Jennifer’s legacy will be her compassion for people, her ability to say ‘yes’ without pause to try new things, and her advocacy for mental health,” Green continued. “We have witnessed her personal growth, success, and fortitude to make a difference in this world.”

McGraw was also Salem Community College’s representative on the 2020 New Jersey All-State Academic Team. A business administration major who graduated with honors, she will transfer to Rowan University and major in public relations. After earning a bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue her studies and earn a certificate from the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy, and pursue a career in the entertainment and sports industry.

As a Phi Theta Kappa leader, Jennifer volunteered at the SCC Foundation Glass Ball in 2019. She has spoken at several events on campus, including the 2019 Scholarship Breakfast, the Salem Medical Center and SCC Foundation’s Circle of Friends luncheon in February and the Honors Ceremony in March.

In 2018, Jennifer became the secretary of NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) Salem County, enabling her to bring mental health awareness activities and opportunities to campus. In June 2020, her poem earned second place in the NAMI New Jersey Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest that attracted 43 poets.

In fall 2018, McGraw self-published a book of poems titled “colors,” which was celebrated with a book-signing event on campus.

 

Caption: Jennifer McGraw of Deepwater was named the recipient of the Dr. Peter B. Contini College Service Achievement Award, presented annually to a Salem Community College graduating student who addresses College issues, displays school spirit, and is active in campus clubs and activities. The award honors President Emeritus Dr. Peter B. Contini. A 2020 Salem Community College honors graduate, McGraw participated in community service, represented the College at several events, and held two leadership positions – president of Phi Theta Kappa and vice president of the Educational Opportunity Fund Club.