Since 2009, the International Commerce Club (ICC NJ) has invited Berkeley College students to participate in an annual international trade essay contest. The winners receive a $500 scholarship and the prestige of winning an academic contest sponsored by the New Jersey trade association specializing in international transportation and trade.
The International Commerce Club of New Jersey had its beginning in 1972 and was formed with the intention of fostering international trade and development in the tri-state area. The founder and first president of the club, Robert Cioppa, realized there was a need for a traffic club in New Jersey. He formed the club after meeting with representatives from the local Chamber of Commerce, several steamship lines, and area traffic managers. Membership includes representatives from steamship lines, freight forwarders, import/export companies, and other businesses involved in international commerce in the metropolitan area.
The club also awarded its first scholarship in 1983 to an individual studying International Business. Each year the club awards the Linda Conte Cuccurullo Scholarship, and since 2009, the club has given Berkeley College students the opportunity to apply for an ICC scholarship.
Previous winners from Berkeley College are Juan Esteban Arroyave and Bundari Yusuf Salim.