Middlesex Community College awards a Pair of Marie Ryder Beacon of Hope Scholarships


Among the 11 Middlesex Community College Foundation scholarships awarded at the Nesmith House in Lowell on March 5, two were conferred in honor of recently retired Professor of Nursing Marie Ryder, a long-time Bedford resident.

Judy Burke, MCC’s Dean of Advancement, Marie Ryder, recipient Jaime Breingan, and Dr. Sandra Shapiro, MCC’s Director of Nurse Education after the ceremony.
Judy Burke, MCC’s Dean of Advancement, Marie Ryder, recipient Alhassan Musah, and Dr. Sandra Shapiro, MCC’s Director of Nurse Education after the ceremony.

The Marie Ryder Beacon of Hope Scholarship was awarded to nursing students Jaime Breingan of Billerica and Alhassan Musah of Lowell. MCC’s Nursing Department established the scholarship to honor Ryder’s retirement, after serving as an MCC Nursing Professor for 40 years. Ryder presented the scholarships with Dr. Sandra Shapiro, MCC’s Director of Nurse Education.

Breingan said, “I feel like Middlesex provides an opportunity for people from all different backgrounds to be able to get an education – and that’s really meaningful education,”

Musah added, “The Nursing Program at Middlesex is one of the best in the states. The faculty is really helpful and they give you the best advice.”

Sherri McCormack, MCC’s Dean of Advancement, welcomed the crowd, congratulated the student recipients, and thanked the generous donors. “Our students work hard to attain and maintain good grades all the while balancing the challenges of college, work and family life,” she said. “We commend them for their sheer determination in seeking a better life for themselves and their families.”

About Middlesex Community College and its Foundation

Discover your path at Middlesex Community College. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs – plus hundreds of noncredit courses – on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and online. Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!

Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/foundation/donations to support students and make a donation to the above and other scholarships.

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