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.
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.