Like many students in higher education today, finances prompted Lauren Robison to take a detour from her original path.
She originally applied to Moore College of Art and Design to pursue her love for art and affection for children, but the costs were “too much to bear,” she said.
The 19-year-old Lower Pottsgrove woman chose Montgomery County Community College because she was not completely certain what career she wanted to pursue.
“I had always had a passion for art and for children, so I entered into Montgomery County Community College to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education,” Robison said. “Although I was accepted to Moore College of Art and Design, the finances were going to be too much to bear, so my hope was that Montgomery County Community College would help me build confidence in my grades and earn scholarships.”
That’s exactly what happened.
“I received the Brendlinger Scholarship in the fall of 2012 through the STARS program. Because I was only going to be at the College for one more semester, they were kind enough to give me the full amount in my final semester at the college. This was a tremendous help because my brother is also in college.“
Robison was able to finish a two-year program in a year and a half because of the opportunity to take classes in the summer she said. She graduated at the end of the Fall 2012 semester.
The Brendlinger Family Scholarship honors Dr. Leroy Brendlinger, the first president of Montgomery County Community College. He was president from 1964 to 1981, but his service and fondness for the College extended throughout his life. Dr. Brendlinger died in 2011 at the age of 92, and his children, as well as members of the College community, have given generously to this fund in his memory. The family scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a career in education at Montgomery County Community College.
“This scholarship was actually very personal to me because at the Salute to Excellence dinner where we met the donors, I was surprised to discover that one of Dr. Brendlinger’s daughters was a teacher at my elementary school. It was amazing to see how much we all had in common, and how much they believe in the school and the community. It made me feel truly honored and blessed to have received this most generous scholarship. I hope they will continue to keep the scholarship going so it can help other students like myself financially,” Robinson said.
This spring, Robison transferred to Arcadia University to pursue a career in Art Therapy. “After that, I will continue on for my master’s to be a certified Art Therapist,” she said. “This career is going to help me marry my two passions in life, art and people. I am so excited to continue my educational journey and to see what else life brings me.”
Each year, alumni, corporate partners, and friends give generously to the Montgomery County Community College Foundation. As a result, hundreds of students are awarded scholarships through the Foundation. Each scholarship has its own criteria — some are general and others are more specific.
“I could not have been happier with the price of tuition at Montgomery County Community College,” Robison said. “It is such an excellent school with teachers who care about their students and their success. The affordable cost has made it possible for me to have a loan-free education here.”
~ by Neree Aron-Sando