United Way Women’s Leadership Council and SCCC Announce ALICE Scholarships

Article Posted -- August 19, 2016

United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College are offering students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to apply for an annual scholarship.

Now in its tenth year of being awarded, the ALICE Scholarship supports students in financial need who are pursing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. Eligible coursework can lead either to employment or to a transfer program at a four-year institution of higher education.

A United Way acronym, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the one-in-four New Jersey households that earn above the poverty level but not enough to afford the basics. United Way research shows that more than 12,000 households or 23 percent of Sussex County households are ALICE.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with Sussex County Community College to support students from ALICE families who deserve a chance to reach their full potential,” said United Way Community Relations Manager Monica Lemperle. “Through the ALICE Scholarships, we are helping students on their path to employment and, ultimately, to financial independence.”

The Council currently supports scholarships at Centenary College, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, and Warren County Community College. Each institution offers a one-to-one match of the ALICE Scholarship.

“Once again, SCCC is proud to partner with the United Way and their long tradition of the Honey Open which provides much needed scholarship support for students. Approximately 60% of SCCC’s students need financial support and these scholarships will help to bridge the gap between tuition and financial aid,” said Jessica Beutel, SCCC’s assistant director of Special Events & Scholarship Coordinator.

The SCCC Foundation raises funds through outreach and special events to support special college initiatives such as technology and infrastructure upgrades, program development, faculty development and student scholarships.

The Council raises money for the ALICE Scholarship through two annual fundraisers. The United Way Honey Open Golf Outing is a women’s-only golf event held in Sussex County, and the Council’s regional breakfast is a networking opportunity for women business and community leaders throughout the region.

This year’s annual golf event will take place on Monday, September 12. For more information about the United Way Honey Open Golf Outing, the Council and its fundraising opportunities, email Monica.Lemperle@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973.993.1160, x409.

Students interested in applying for an ALICE Scholarship can contact the SCCC Foundation at (973) 300-2121.
Applications for spring 2017 awards will be available in late September.

About SCCC Foundation
The Sussex County Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the College’s mission of providing educational excellence and cultural opportunities to the residents of Sussex County and beyond. The Foundation supports this mission through fund-raising and friend-raising efforts on the College’s behalf. Funds are generated through annual giving campaigns, special events, and direct contributions. To learn more, call 973.300.2121 or visit www.sussex.edu.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.