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Scholarships Create Opportunity for Burlington County Graduate

May 16, 2012

Jabias Lucy of Westampton, Burlington County, will graduate from Atlantic Cape Community College this week with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, an achievement made possible by scholarships.

“Dean Kelly McClay urged me to apply for scholarships, which helped me pursue my goals, pay for my courses, materials and books,” Lucy said. 

Each year, the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation creates opportunity for students by donating more than $200,000 in scholarships.

Atlantic Cape’s largest fundraising event is the annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 14, 2013. Each year, ACA students volunteer their time to prepare thousands of hors d’oeuvres, served during the Gala’s cocktail reception. Lucy, a Restaurant Gala scholarship recipient, was one of many dedicated culinary students who volunteered at the 2011 and 2012 galas.

“It was really fun and gave me great experience working a large-scale event. It pays to get involved—you’re only going to be as successful as the work you put into something,” Lucy said.

Lucy, who graduated from Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts in December 2011, worked in Strudels, the ACA’s student-run bakeshop, which helped him earn a modest income, while learning customer service skills.

“I got a euphoric feeling when I served customers who were happy with our products—I loved seeing their gratification,” Lucy said.

Equipped with a great education and work ethic, Lucy will pursue his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Studies at Johnson & Wales in Miami. He hopes to work on a cruise ship and to start an entertainment business, similar to Dave & Busters.

Learn about Create Opportunity: The Capital & Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College.