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Berkeley College Honors Scholars

Honors Scholars Go Above and Beyond to Help Local Community



Berkeley College Honors Scholars


Community spirit is alive and well among Honors students at Berkeley College. In addition to a rigorous academic component, the Honors Program requires students to complete at least five hours of community service each quarter. The most recent learning community surpassed these expectations by clocking in more than 2,000 hours of community service.

Honors student helps children facing health challenges

Honors student Lois Lezuabah of Somerset, NJ, volunteered more than 700 hours and was recognized with the Berkeley College Honors Service Award. Ms. Lezuabah donated most of her time to volunteer preaching work, but also participated in fundraising walk-a-thons, such as the Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Walk ‘n’ Roll 5K. The Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care of children from birth to 21 years facing special health challenges. In addition, Ms. Lezuabah participated in Berkeley College’s Community Service Day, volunteering at Project Sunshine, an organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges along with their families.

Homeless youths in local community benefit from Berkeley College fundraiser

Pamela Macek, an Honors student who resides in Wayne, NJ, completed more than 500 community service hours. She donated her time to the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that works to prevent birth defects and infant mortality, and also spearheaded a Teens for Jeans campaign at Berkeley College. Teens for Jeans is an initiative sponsored by and Aeropostale. Ms. Macek helped collect more than 75 gently used pairs of jeans for the organization. The donations were distributed to homeless youth in the local community.

Honors Scholar helps save a life

Honors student James Stokem of Haskell, NJ, contributed more than 500 hours of community service volunteering at local churches and with the Boy Scouts of America. Other standout Honors Scholars include John Cedeno of Bergenfield, NJ, who donated bone marrow to save the life of a 13-year-old boy after learning about the donation process in his Bioethics course at Berkeley College, and Antoinette Kassas of Paramus, NJ, who initiated a toy and clothing drive. Ms. Kassas collected more than 200 items and then travelled to Lebanon to distribute the donations to Lebanese children living with cancer.

The Honors Program at Berkeley College was created in 2011 to attract and retain highly motivated, high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees. Honors students can participate in the program at the Midtown Manhattan and Woodland Park campuses, as well as through Berkeley College Online®.