MCC Alumnus Awarded Business Scholarship

Shawn Zwonar, an engineering science student who graduated in May, received the 2010-2011 Edison Chamber of Commerce/Annamae Baerenbach Annual Business Scholarship. The award was presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting June 14.

While at Middlesex, Shawn maintained a high grade point average as well asparticipated in several extracurricular activities. He was active in Democracy House,the College’s service-learning program, volunteering with Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen and the Salvation Army.

“Shawn has been a true example of a mature leader, a model student and an engaged citizen,” said Phillip Vazquez, Democracy House coordinator. “Both the hunger and education teams at Democracy House respect and admire Shawn.”

Shawn was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, where he volunteered at toy collection drives and blood drives. He was vice president of the Chemistry Environmental Club and was co-founder of Zeta Delta Finance Society, created to teach basic marketing and business skills to students.

He is planning to transfer to the University of Minnesota for his bachelor’s degree.chamber_winnersweb


Winners of the 2011 Edison Chamber of Commerce awards, from left: Joe Cascio, Chamber Member of the Year; Isaac “Ike” Heller, of Heller Industrial Parks, Outstanding Business of the Year; Shawn Zwonar; Brian Legg, Outstanding Entrepreneur (he is also an officer of the Middlesex County College Foundation); Jennifer Teffenhart-Blevins, Outstanding Educator of the Year; Joe Coyle, Citizen of the Year; and Gerald R. Cohen, CEO and chief chemical engineer of Gerrus Maintenance, the Outstanding Business.