hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

September 5, 2013

NECC student receives national scholarship

Among 100 in U.S. to get award

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Northern Essex Community College student Marie Phillips of Haverhill is one of 100 students nationwide to receive the Pearson Prize Scholarship.

It is an award that recognizes students who give back to their community.

A graduate of Haverhill High School, Phillips is an early childhood education major at NECC and will graduate in May. On campus, Phillips is a member of the PACE Program, a federally-funded student support services program, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

She is also involved in the Student Leadership Development Program, serves as a presidential student ambassador and is secretary of the Early Childhood Education Club. This summer, Phillips worked on campus in the Student Engagement Center as a new student orientation leader welcoming new students to NECC.

Phillips is also active in her community. She volunteers at Emmaus House in Haverhill, providing tutoring and arts and craft activities for the children there. She also works with the JumpStart program as a JumpStart Corps member working with local schoolchildren to strengthen their language and reading skills. This fall she will be a team leader with the program.

"As a single parent, receiving the scholarship money is amazing," Phillips said. "It gives me the privilege of being part of something so much bigger than just myself by being included in an amazing group of student leaders."

After graduating, Phillips plans to transfer to a four-year college to complete her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, followed by her master’s degree in early childhood education. Phillips hopes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Scholarship winners receive $1,000, are named a Pearson Prize Fellow, and are given leadership guidance by the Pearson Foundation over the course of the year.