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Christina D. Ponce

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Camden County College presented the Brian C. Shomo Scholarship to outstanding student graduate, Christina D. Ponce. Christina gratefully accepted the $500 academic scholarship during a ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty, donors, and distinguished guests.

Brian Shomo established the scholarship in his name while working as Transition Counselor at Camden County College's MidAtlantic Post-secondary Center in May of 2002. Later, when Mr. Shomo left the college to take a position as Director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Trenton, he continued to present the scholarship. In June of 2006 Brian passed away, but his legacy lives on.

Each year the scholarship is awarded in Brian's memory to a minority student who is deaf or hard of hearing. Students who are Native American, Asian American, African American, or Hispanic and who produce good academics; show potential and leadership qualities; and who participate in school and community activities are considered for the scholarship.

This year's awards ceremony was held in the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre preceded by a reception in the Lincoln Little Theatre. Brian's sister, Inice Shomo Hennessy and brothers, Keith and George Shomo presented Christina with her award. Ms. Ponce was nominated based on her outstanding academic performance and community involvement. Christina completed an Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Nursing and plans to attend Rutgers School of Nursing for her BS in Nursing.

Camden County College is proud to continue to offer the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Scholarship each year to student graduates who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing meeting the academic and civic criteria.


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John Davis

Picture shows John Davis signing the National Anthem at his graduation.

John Davis is a Navy Veteran from the Vietnam era. He served in the military from 1963-1969. John became late-deafened due to the bombing in Viet Nam where he was stationed on the USS Yorktown CVS-10, a carrier in the Bay of Tonkin.

Mr. Davis works full time as a custodian at Camden County College. Our oldest graduate at age 65, John took classes part-time over six and a half years, graduating in the spring of 2010 with an Associate in Applied Science in Office Systems Technology.



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Michael J. Smith


On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Camden County College presented the Brian C. Shomo Scholarship to an outstanding student, Michael J. Smith. Michael accepted the $500 academic scholarship during a ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty, donors, and distinguished guests.

Brian Shomo established the scholarship in his name while working as Transition Counselor at Camden County College's Mid-Atlantic Post-secondary Center in May of 2002. Later, when Mr. Shomo left the college to take a position as Director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Trenton, he continued to present the scholarship. In June of 2006 Brian passed away and now each year the scholarship is awarded in his memory to a minority student who is deaf or hard of hearing attending Camden County College.

Students who are Native American, Asian American, African American, or Hispanic and who produce good academics; show potential and leadership qualities; and who participate in school and community activities are considered for the scholarship.

Unfortunately this year bad weather prevented Brian's sister, Inice Shomo Hennessy and brothers, Keith and George Shomo from attending the Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Michael was nominated based on his outstanding academic performance and community involvement. Besides working full time, Mike is currently completing his three-hundred hour practicum in Automotive Technology.

Camden County College is proud to continue to offer the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Scholarship to student graduates who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing meeting the academic and civic criteria.
 
For more information or to make a donation to the Brian C. Shomo Memorial Endowed Scholarship, contact the Office of Foundation & Alumni Relations at (856) 374-4946.


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Wilfrido Melendez (automotive program)

When Wilfrido Melendez graduated from the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, he wanted a career in the computer industry. He entered CCC and decided to switch his major. "I entered the automotive program," said Melendez. "I knew it was what I wanted to do. My teachers were great and motivated me to do well."

Melendez, the first in his family to earn a college degree, has entered a unique field in the auto industry; he rebuilds Rolls Royce cars. "I really enjoy working on these classic cars," said Melendez. "To me the newer cars are more complicated, everything is so tight. Besides, I have really big hands, so I can't maneuver them around inside the newer cars," he jokes. Asked if he owns a Rolls Royce, the 25-year-old smiles and says, "No, I drive a Honda Civic."

Melendez, a Camden City resident, said the education he received was "outstanding," adding there are several teachers instrumental in his success. "I had people there who really cared about helping me succeed, like Jim DeShields and Bob Strong." DeShields continues to be a huge influence in Melendez's life. "Jim DeShields worked with me and taught me all about these classic cars and I want to thank him," said Melendez. "After graduation I went to work for him. He continues to teach me so much." DeShields has a mutual admiration for Melendez. "He is fantastic! He makes up for his lack of hearing and speech by using his head," said DeShields. "I could never find anyone better; I wish I could clone him!" Melendez says he wants to start his own business someday and credits the College for helping him reach his potential. "I am very proud to say I graduated from Camden County College."

Lori Mann, a sign language interpreter, interpreted during this interview