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NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the 2020 NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala has been postponed until spring 2021. However, this year’s need for student scholarship dollars still remains and we are striving to meet the various challenges presented by the pandemic.

Since 1990, all those who believe in the mission of NCCC and its scholarship program have gathered for an evening dedicated to the students. In 2019, the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala raised over $100,000 to support NCCC student scholarships thanks to you!

We’re asking you to make a donation to support NCCC student scholarships for 2020. Your continued contributions are crucial to the success of our students.

Ways to Sponsor

The NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala is the College’s largest student scholarship fundraiser. We’re asking you to join us in our mission to assist students by donating or sponsoring the Gala. Thanks to your generosity, these awards will make an immediate and lasting impact on our students.

TypeSponsorship AmountBenefit
Presenting Sponsorship$15,000Company Logo & Link on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Platinum Sponsorship$10,000Company Logo & Link on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Gold Sponsorship$5,000Company Logo & Link on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Silver Sponsorship$2,500Company Logo & Link on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Bronze Sponsorship$1,500Company Logo & Link on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Supporter Sponsorship$500One line listing (30 characters per line) on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Patron Sponsorship$250One line listing (30 characters per line) on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Friend Sponsorship$125One line listing (30 characters per line) on the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala Website
Other SponsorshipAny

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson

Class of 1983

Muriel Anderson graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1983 with her Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She then continued on her education receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 1987 and Master’s Degree in 2000 in Accounting from the University at Buffalo.

While earning her degrees, Muriel worked as the Vice President and Deputy Auditor for M&T Bank. In 2000, Muriel rejoined the University at Buffalo as a Faculty member dividing her time between the School of Management Departments of Accounting & Law and Organization & Human Resources. Her teaching experience at UB includes both undergraduate and graduate coursework in the principles of accounting, principles of business, human resource management, career management, and leadership. Muriel has also served as the Faculty Co-Director of UB’s MBA Leader CORE program from 2010-2013 and served as a Coach in the program from 2014-2017.

In 2014, Muriel joined NCCC’s Accounting Program Advisory Committee. Muriel’s experience provided the Committee with important information to help NCCC students transfer and continue their education at UB in Accounting or Finance. She has also served on NCCC’s Program Excellence Evaluation Review (PEER) Committee in 2015 and will be doing so again in 2020.

In addition to her dedication to education, Muriel has written and been published in a number of publications and book reviews. She has also participated in numerous professional development series as well as managing her own business, Muriel T. Anderson, CPA in which she provides tax and account services to approximately 50 clients.

She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and in her field as the recipient of the Arjang A. Assad Excellence in Teacher Award, the UB School of Management Outstanding Contributions in Teaching Award, the UB School of Management Undergraduate teacher of the Year Award five times, and several student service awards. Beyond the SUNY system, Muriel volunteers her time as the treasurer for Hope for Sisi’s Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of children in a rural area of Ghana, Africa.

JoAnn Pellegrino

JoAnn Pellegrino

Class of 1997

JoAnn Pellegrino graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1997 with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, JoAnn continued her education at Roberts Wesleyan College receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education.

While earning her degrees, JoAnn worked as an ICU nurse at Medina Hospital and Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She was then promoted at Lakeside Memorial Hospital to Director of Nursing Surgical Services in the Maternity and Central Sterile Processing unit. After many years of applying her education in hands-on nursing roles, JoAnn went on to inspire other generations of nurses as an Adjunct Nursing Instructor at Niagara University and Roberts Wesleyan College.

In addition to educating students, JoAnn also makes strong contributions to Niagara County through her role as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. In this position, JoAnn has led the hospital through rigorous processing to attain the nation’s highest medical accreditations which allows nurses to focus more on improving treatment, helping patients avoid readmission or emergency visits, and look at nurse retention and satisfaction levels.

Throughout this time, JoAnn has never forgotten her connection with NCCC. She continues to remain involved with the College by attending the annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala and the annual Leadership Luncheon. She has also served as the keynote speaker for the Nursing and Allied Health graduation ceremony in 2018 and is a current member of the NCCC Nursing Advisory Board.

JoAnn has been recognized for her excellence in nursing and serves on several additional boards including, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, NYS Nurses Association, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. All of these actions show her true commitment to improving the quality of lives and health in Niagara County all while continuing to give back to NCCC to ensure a bright future for the next generation of students and alumni.

Distinguished Student Scholarship Recipients

Elijah Alker

Elijah Alker

High School: Lewiston-Porter
Major: Engineering
Career Goal: Aerospace Engineer

“Although I'm not originally from Niagara County, it's now the place that I call home. As I continue my education, I look forward to being able to give back through my career and volunteer work to my community.”

Jordyn Bobzien

Jordyn Bobzien

High School: Royalton-Hartland
Major: Massage Therapy
Career Goal: Acupuncturist & Masseuse

“My future goal is to own an acupuncture and massage business to help heal my community so in turn it becomes stronger and healthier.”

Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns

High School: North Tonawanda
Major: Computer Science
Career Goal: Undecided

“A degree in Computer Science from NCCC provides me with a multitude of options and opportunities to give back and hopefully inspire younger generations to do the same as well.”

Angelina Emmons

High School: Lockport
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Career Goal: Journalist

“I aim to further dedicate myself to my community and to truth with my reportage. My confidence in the power of writing and enriching the community I live in continues to fuel my aspirations.”

Katelyn Hurst

Katelyn Hurst

High School: Lewiston-Porter
Major: Nursing
Career Goal: Nurse

“The reason I wanted to become a nurse is that my main priority is to help people. Whether I am working at my local hospital or clinic, I have the opportunity to help my community members and make their lives better.”

Ashley Kopacz

Ashley Kopacz

High School: Lockport
Major: LA&S: Humanities & Social Science
Career Goal: Undecided

“Although I am unsure of my career path at this time, I look forward to attending NCCC which will help me get on the right path to achieving my goals.”


NCCC Foundation, Inc.
Deborah Brewer, Director
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 716-614-5911
Cell: 716-438-6388
Fax: 716-614-5913

NCCC Alumni Association
Alli Korta, Assistant Director
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 716-614-6231
Fax: 716-614-5913