by Neree Aron-Sando
Construction work did not have the kind of intellectual rewards Nicholas Salvo needed.
“After high school, I took a seven-year hiatus on my education,” Salvo, 26, of Worcester, said. “After seven years of working in construction, I felt I needed to stimulate my mind beyond what I could get on the job site.”
Several friends recommended Montgomery County Community College.
“For me, the affordability of MCCC was the number-one most important reason why I chose to attend,” Salvo said. “It is a great way to get a quality education at a great price.”
Salvo continued working full time while attending classes full time.
“I do not have a great deal of time to participate in on campus activities,” he said. “I did, however, get the chance to participate in the Relay For Life event on MCCC’s campus this past semester. It was a fun, worthwhile experience for a great cause.”
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society event in which teams of people camp out on campus and take turns walking or running around a track or path to raise money and awareness and celebrate the lives of cancer patients and survivors.
Through MCCC, Salvo successfully applied for inclusion in the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program, which allows up to six MCCC students to enroll in a six-week summer residency program at no cost thanks to a grant provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
The Bucknell Community College Scholars Program is intended for high-achieving, low- to moderate-income community college students who want to earn take their education farther, according to the Bucknell website.
The students who participate in the summer program have the opportunity to apply to Bucknell and, if accepted, will transfer to the university with junior status on full-tuition scholarships.
Salvo was accepted and will transfer to Bucknell to pursue a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he said.
“While at Bucknell, I fell in love with the campus and faculty, and when I learned that I would receive a full scholarship to such a great school, it was an easy decision,” Salvo said.
“I hope to get a job in journalism, publishing or teaching when I graduate from Bucknell,” he said.