David Seale, of Denville, an international studies and mathematics major at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was selected as a member of the prestigious All-USA Community College Academic Team.
The academic team is a collaboration of USA TODAY, Follet Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. Seale was one of 20 students selected nationwide from a pool of more than 1,600 nominations.
As the highest scorer in New Jersey, Seale also was named the Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. As a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Seale, along with the other team members, was featured in a special section of USA TODAY on April 11 and presented with $4,500 in scholarships to further his higher education.
Earlier this year, he was named a 2011 Guistwhite Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa and presented with a $5,000 scholarship to pursue his bachelor’s degree following his graduation from CCM this May. He was one of 20 students selected from more than 1,340 applicants for that honor.
Along with excelling academically, Seale has been an influential student leader at CCM. He served as international vice-president for Phi Theta Kappa; president of Phi Theta Kappa, Middle States Region; and president of the CCM Student Government Association. He also founded the New Jersey Student Leader Union, a group dedicated to increasing communications among New Jersey’s student leaders about contemporary issues facing community colleges.
“We’re very proud of David and his accomplishments,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “His success as a CCM student clearly demonstrates the profound impact of CCM’s mission of providing access to an outstanding education to those with the desire to reach for their dreams.”
Seale plans to pursue his education in international studies and mathematics at one of the nation’s top universities after he graduates from CCM this May.
At CCM, Seale was awarded the college’s Dean Gallo Memorial Scholarship four semesters in a row.