In the fall of 2009, I came from Beirut, Lebanon to Housatonic Community College, with the ultimate goal of becoming an aerospace engineer. This place soon became my second home; I was surrounded by brilliant teachers, new friends and a helpful staff. With my studies going well, I started working as a math tutor at HCC where it was a joy to help other students overcome their educational obstacles. I was also on a team sponsored by the National Science Foundation and NASA, working on a Sustainable Living Project to improve the quality of life in cities such as Bridgeport.
However, being a full time international student paying out-of-state tuition became a challenge for me. The HCC Foundation became my salvation by helping me to solve that issue. This relieved the financial pressure and I pushed my academic abilities to their limits. I graduated with a 3.31 GPA in Engineering Science. I was also selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and awarded the Beverly G. Anderson Award. Since graduation, I have been employed at Schwerdtle Stamp Company in Bridgeport. My next step is to pursue my degree in industrial engineering. I owe my success to my supportive family, to my outstanding teachers, and to the HCC Foundation. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many wonderful supporters. I vow that as I move forward in my life and in my career, I will do whatever I can to help other students in need reach their potential as well.
Joseph Dagher, Scholarship Recipient; Alumni Gala Speaker 2011; Class of 2012