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ACCC Receives $11,000 for Scholarships From South Jersey Gas Initiative

November 15, 2006

Atlantic Cape Community College received $11,000 from South Jersey Gas to award scholarships to students who completed the workplace preparation program School Counts! while in high school. South Jersey Gas raised the funds through customer donations, and Edward J. Graham, chairman, president and CEO of South Jersey Industries, presented Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president, with a check Nov. 15.

South Jersey Gas launched its School Counts! Scholarship campaign in September 2004 by offering customers the opportunity to donate $1 a month through their gas bills to the scholarship fund. Last year SJI donated $4,000 to ACCC for the scholarships, which are awarded to Atlantic and Cape May County high school graduates who plan to continue their education at ACCC.

"The School Counts! program is a wonderful example of how community and business can partner to highlight the importance of education in achieving success," Graham said. "South Jersey Industries is proud to promote academic excellence and assist students in furthering their education through our involvement with School Counts!"

To earn a School Counts! certificate, students must maintain a minimum "C" average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent, and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters.

The School Counts! Program, an initiative of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, was designed to prepare students for the workplace and to promote student achievement in New Jersey schools. The program is supported by local Chambers of Commerce of Atlantic City Regional, Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Greater Wildwood; Atlantic and Cape May County governments; the Work Force Investment Board; and ACCC. For more information on School Counts!, contact Jeff Wenzel at (609) 343-5658.