Transition to College and Careers graduate Nancy Vasquez is the recipient of the Elia Dreyfuss Scholarship award. The Elia Dreyfuss Scholarship was established at Holyoke Community College by friends and colleagues in memory of former HCC Transition to College and Careers Coordinator Elia Dreyfuss. Graduates of the Transition to College and Careers Program who exhibit exemplary character and persistence in achieving their academic goals while preparing to enter college, and who demonstrate commitment to their TCC learning community are eligible to be recommended by CEP staff for the award.
Nancy studied to pass her GED at both CEP and the Holyoke Community College-Adult Learning Center while maintaining her job as a childcare provider in Chicopee. After passing her GED exam, Nancy enrolled in the evening Bridge to Transition to College and Careers class sponsored by CEP and Holyoke Community College at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center in downtown Holyoke. In addition to near perfect attendance and her academic progress, Nancy demonstrated unwavering commitment to her fellow students in the TCC program by encouraging and helping them whenever possible. Her TCC teacher wrote: “Nancy was a joy to have in class, and I think she is exemplary of the kind of student for whom this program works best. She truly took responsibility for her own academic growth and development, and her experience with us combined with her own attitudes and habits will continue to pay off throughout the rest of her education.”
Nancy will be continuing her education this fall at Holyoke Community College. We wish Nancy great success in college and look forward to attending her future graduation from HCC.