Scholarship Recipient Erika Morillo Is Featured Guest at Floyd Fete
As the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Foundation and community volunteers prepare to host “Floyd Fete 2012,” the Foundation is proud to announce that MCCC student Erika Morillo, of Hamilton, will be a featured guest at the event as the recipient of the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship for 2012.
The third annual Floyd Fete will be held on Sunday, Oct.21, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton University. The event is co-chaired by MCCC Foundation Board member Bob Humes and a long-time friend of the Floyd family, Shirley Satterfield. Music will be provided by MCCC jazz students. Tickets are available by visiting www.mccc.edu/give.
Morillo, of Hamilton, is studying for her A.A.S. degree in Advertising/Graphic Design. An adult returning student with a young daughter, she notes that when she started at MCCC in spring 2011, she took all her classes at night while working during the day. The Floyd Scholarship has made it possible for her to enroll at Mercer full-time.
Morillo says she is happy with her Mercer experience. “I am getting what I need for my portfolio.” She notes that her classes are giving her the transferrable skills she needs as she pursues her bachelor’s degree after completing her Mercer degree. Her career goals include working as an art director and teaching at the college level. She hopes to study at the graduate school level after she earns her bachelor’s degree.
Morillo is taking four classes, as well as serving as a mentor for two students in Mercer’s DREAM program, which provides academic and career-related learning experiences for special needs students. She expects to complete her Mercer degree in spring 2013.
The 28-year-old believes that her time as a student is an opportunity to grow. “I feel like I am starting again,” said Morillo, who previously attended a four-year school in New England. She has been a member of the MCCC Art Club and has served as the club’s representative for the Student Government Association.
Before attending Mercer, Morillo held jobs in retail, office administration and customer service.
“I finally know exactly what I want to do,” Morillo said. “The scholarship money is helping me on my journey to pursue my academic dreams now that I am on track.”
Her mentoring activities are proving just as rewarding. “I learn from the students too. It’s a mutually beneficial experience,” she says. Morillo also leads campus tours for prospective students.