By Luke Lombardi, Section Editor
MCC student Julia Block was recently awarded the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society scholarship at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for the School of Arts and Sciences due to her outstanding academic achievements.
According to the Rutgers admissions website (https://admissions.newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/ paying-for-college/scholarships#Transfer), the scholarship covers $8,000 a year. Block said that the scholarship is good for two consecutive years, but is able to be renewed if she still qualifies.
Block said she was able to automatically register for the scholarship once she clicked that she was a part of PTK on the Rutgers application. She said that to qualify students must have a 3.9 GPA or higher and be a member of PTK; to retain the scholarship, students must be full-time and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Block said she was not aware if anyone else from MCC received the scholarship. She said she knows that it is a very exclusive scholarship and that few people receive it.
The scholarship came as a bit of a surprise to her. Block said, “I definitely wasn’t expecting it because I had been speaking with Rutgers for some time, looking to find out when scholarships would be announced, and it was to my understanding that the deadline for scholarships to be given out had already passed. I didn’t think I had a chance at that point because I thought the deadline had already passed, but [the] next thing I know I am checking my email on my couch and I found an email with a congratulations on a scholarship to Rutgers.”
Block said her family was hoping she would get the scholarship but thought she was out of luck. She said that when she told her parents, they were ecstatic that she had received such a prestigious scholarship. Block said the hardest obstacle she faced to keep her 4.0 GPA was how overwhelming it was to read books and be online for so long to make her work as perfect as possible. She said she considers herself a perfectionist: she knows she has to put a lot of work in to get an A and won’t settle for anything less than a B.
Block also had some tips for incoming students. She said, “I think my advice for incoming students or for students who want to succeed at Middlesex and in their college education following [MCC] would just be to recognize that your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, and your dedication to your education does pay off. I know I put in a lot of long hours and late nights, but I feel like in the long run that it will pay off for me, and it’s going to help me get to the position that is going to allow for me to be successful, and I think the other thing for them to know is even though you are putting in a lot of work and a lot of hours and it might take away from the rest of the things you might like to be doing, it does in the long run benefit you and it is worth it even though it is hard in the moment.”