Education is a Path, Not a Destination for this ACCC Student

December 18, 2020

In 2020, OceanFirst Foundation awarded $400,000 in scholarship grants to support students attending one of eight partner Colleges/Universities. One of the 280 OceanFirst Scholarship recipients was John McLaughlin, a student at Atlantic Cape Community College.

After years of struggling with addiction, depression and severe anxiety, John, at the age of 27, decided it was time to seek help. Through hard work, determination, and treatment, he was able to completely change his life. Since that pivotal turning point, John has been working toward achieving his goal of pursuing a degree in health care.

Starting over in life is hard, especially in your late twenties. John shared, “I feel I have a responsibility to be the best version of myself I can possibly be, and to have money to put towards education is a gift that means the world to me. I will never forget this! This scholarship is such a boon in a time when so many are dealing with financial burdens; I truly cannot fully express the depths of my gratitude.”

John also works at AtlantiCare Hospital as a Patient Care Tech and is working to gain experience and insight within the medical field. His goal is to become a Registered Nurse. We wish him a lifetime of success as he pursues his dreams! Scholarships will be awarded again in 2021, details coming soon.

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