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Friday, September 5, 2008 (All day)

BET Network awarded a Mercy College freshman, Andrew Joseph, a $5,000 scholarship and third place in the annual "Next Level" scholarship contest. Joseph was one of only four high school junior or seniors awarded.

According to BET Network, the "Next Level" scholarship program was created to help raise awareness concerning financial aid programs available to motivate more African-Americans to attend college. Joseph, and other three recipients, wrote a 500-word essay regarding the challenges they faced in accomplishing their dreams of a receiving a college education. Joseph, a computer science major at Mercy College, graduated from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program at Yonkers High School.

Two Mercy College students enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program were also recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Christine Fraser (Haverton, New York) and Kristine Ann Dunkle (Astoria, New York) were two of 25 students who were recently announced as winners. 

Patricia M. Chute, Ed.D. Interim Dean School of Health and Natural Sciences remarked, "The Vet Tech Program at Mercy College not only boasts 100 percent pass rate on the national exam, but virtually all students have employment arrangements prior to graduation. Veterinary technology is one of the fastest growing fields as the shortage of vet techs both nationally and locally grows." 

Christine Fraser and Kristine Ann Dunkle were selected based on their scholarly achievements, activities in the small animal, exotics and research areas, and activities in Student Chapter of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. The students were required to be full-time students at an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician school and be a National Association Veterinary Technicians in America student member.

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.