OCC Foundation Holds Scholarship Celebration on June 14

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The Ocean County College Foundation will hold its 2019 Scholarship Celebration on Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. on the College’s Main Campus in Toms River.

Scholarship Celebration proceeds benefit the mission of the OCC Foundation, a private nonprofit organization celebrating more than 50 years of outstanding service. The Foundation is dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects.

Gale Wayman will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year and the H. Hovnanian Foundation will be recognized as Distinguished Organization of the Year.

An endowment from philanthropist and entrepreneur Gale Wayman will establish the Gale Glendinning Wayman Fund in support of women’s education at OCC through offerings such as travel experiences, research projects, and conference attendance.

Wayman received a master’s degree in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford in England, where she completed her dissertation on “The Importance of Female Education to the Development of a Civil Society.” This led Wayman to devote her energies to help educate women globally.

Wayman is a longtime member of the OCC Foundation Board, assisting in the establishment of the College’s 100 Women mentoring and scholarship program, the Advisory Board of Women in Leadership and Learning at The College of New Jersey, the Ocean County Board of Displaced Homemakers Service, the Toms River Rotary Club, the Northern Ocean County American Association of University Women, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County.

Recognizing the transformational impact of leadership development, mentorship, travel, and participation in curricular and co-curricular offerings, Wayman has made significant investments in the education of women. It is her intention that the Fund will continue her commitment to this endeavor.

The H. Hovnanian Foundation has contributed to numerous special projects, supporting health care and education around the world. Last year, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation gifted $3.75 million to the OCC Foundation for the naming of the new Health Sciences building, establishing scholarships for nursing and the health sciences while paving the way for new programming and exciting future opportunities here at OCC. The 47,000-square-foot H. Hovnanian Health Sciences Building was dedicated in June 2018 and will ultimately serve as many as 600 to 800 students per day.

Hirair Hovnanian, President and Founder of Hovsons, Inc., is a founding benefactor of the Armenian Assembly of America. Since his arrival to the U.S. on a freighter in 1951, Hovnanian has built one of the most successful privately held land and housing development companies in the country. In recent years he has dedicated his time and efforts to the betterment of society and to the Armenian-American community.

Anna Hovnanian, born Anna Hamparian, passed away last year. She was an artist who hoped to encourage and develop the artistic talent and higher education of Armenian youth.

Tickets cost $200 per person. For information on how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or donate an auction item for the 2019 Scholarship Celebration, call the Ocean County College Foundation at 732-255-0492 or visit www.ocean.edu.

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