(Feature Photo Provided by CCBC Shows Current CCBC President Dr. Roger W Davis (Left), Dr. Margaret Williams-Betlyn (Center), and an unnamed staff person from CCBC)
(Monaca, Pa.) The CCBC Foundation announced the endowment of a new scholarship opportunity for the 2022 fall semester on Thursday morning, March 3, 2022.
The new scholarship is the Dr. Margaret Williams-Betlyn Scholarship for a Diverse Workforce. This scholarship focuses on diversifying the workforce pipelines for underrepresented careers in the US
“The CCBC Foundation is honored to accept such a generous donation from a significant member of our campus community. Scholarships like this reduce financial burden for students while accelerating their educational opportunities and relieving financial obligations after graduation,” said Kolton Codner, CCBC Foundation Executive Director.
The Dr. Margaret Williams-Betlyn Endowed Scholarship for a Diverse Workforce honors the legacy of Dr. Betlyn, CCBC’s first and only female president in the College’s history (serving from 1990-1999). Dr. Betlyn established the $15,000 scholarship endowment to support students with the hopes of increasing diversity in the workforce. At least one scholarship will be awarded each fall. Preference will be given to students who are females pursuing a career in Aviation Sciences, males pursuing a career in Health Sciences, females pursuing a career in Process technology, and any students who represent underrepresented minorities in particular fields of study.
“Data continues to show us that diversity in the workplace is a key driver of innovation and success. Providing opportunities for minors and underrepresented students to pursue meaningful careers is just one way to broaden the pool of talent for employers,” said Dr. Williams-Betlyn. “I encourage students to take advantage of opportunities like these to support them financially and to accelerate their paths to success.”
Scholarships will be awarded, according to the following criteria:
- Applicants must be a full-time student enrolled in for-credit courses at CCBC.
- Applicants must have applied for financial aid.
- Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application by the stated deadline to the Executive Director of the CCBC Foundation.
“The purpose of this scholarship is to champion the need to develop a diverse workplace,” said the President Emeritus. “My hope is to allow future students to know that “no dream is too big” thus providing the encouragement they need to inspire others.”
As CCBC’s first and only woman President, Dr. Peggy Williams-Betlyn led the College through a period of student-focused growth and expansion in the 1990’s as the library, now known as the Learning Resources Center, was constructed, and dedicated, providing more spaces for students and the community to learn and grow .
Through quality instruction, CCBC also received National League of Nursing (NLN) accreditation in recognition of the excellence of its programs during this time. Bolstered by Dr. Williams-Betlyn’s leadership, CCBC’s nursing and allied health programs, which will celebrate their golden anniversary this spring, continue to thrive as areas of excellence and pride at CCBC.
CCBC is synonymous with opportunity. CCBC was the home of my personal career development. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of CCBC’s legacy,” stated Dr. Williams Betlyn.
For more than fifty years, CCBC has transformed the lives of students in the community. Through the generosity of donors and friends, the CCBC Foundation supports students where and when they need it the most. With over 25 current scholarship opportunities, CCBC uses a single application process to match students with scholarships that will be most impactful for that individual and achieve the philanthropic goals of the donor.
No gift is too big or too small to have an impact on CCBC students. To learn more about other scholarship opportunities, apply or donate: https://www.ccbcfoundation.org/scholarships