Mr. and Mrs. Richard Holmes Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Holmes Jr.

This scholarship is being established in loving memory of Christopher C. Holmes by his parents with generous support from family, friends and colleagues. Christopher, and his two younger siblings, always expected to attend college. Higher education was not an “option” in the Holmes household, but rather a necessary path to a more successful life. His parents had received college degrees as had three of his grandparents, two of whom were high school teachers. His maternal great-grandparents, one a nurse, the other a teacher, had also received education beyond high school. Chris graduated from St. Edward’s School in Pine Hill, NJ, and Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, NJ. While in elementary and high school, Chris developed lifelong interests, becoming an avid comic book collector, Star Wars aficionado and Stephen King fan. He also discovered a passion for drawing and became a skilled portraitist. In choosing Drexel University, best known for its cooperative education program, Chris pursued his interest in art and design. In 1986, Chris was thrilled to be given a Macintosh personal computer required of all incoming freshmen. He also felt that the co-op work component of his Drexel experience gave him an early exposure to, and an advantage in, the business world. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in graphic design. Christopher worked many years for Computer Sciences Corporation in their Moorestown and Evesham Township offices, and for the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center in Pomona, NJ, before assuming his last position as Proposal Manager for Enterprise Engineering Services in Egg Harbor City, NJ. We chose Gloucester County College to receive this endowment because three members of the family have taken advantage of the course offerings here. We believe community colleges represent the most cost effective education possible and are ideal for non-traditional students. all we ask of the students who receive this scholarship is the same thing we asked of Christopher, his brother, and his sister – to exert their very best effort to succeed, and when they do, to whenever and wherever possible “pay it forward”.

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