Stephanie Berdugo-Hernandez (left) joined the Rowan College at Burlington County board of trustees in August. She is shown with her mentor Susan Taylor. Photos courtesy of RCBC.

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MOUNT LAUREL — Earlier this month, Stephanie Berdugo-Hernandez was sworn in as an alumni trustee to the Rowan College at Burlington County Board of Trustees.

She officially became a member of the board during a virtual ceremony Aug. 18. Berdugo-Hernandez, of Eastampton, has served multiple terms on the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) Student Advisory Committee and was a prominent member of the college’s Student Government Association.

“I decided to become an alumni trustee because I love RCBC and wanted to give back,” Berdugo-Hernandez said in a statement released by RCBC. “I love to be involved and believe that this will be a great opportunity to allow for the students’ voices to be heard.

“RCBC is an incredible school, and I want to be able to help make every student have an amazing college experience just like I did. I am very honored to be a part of this and look forward to working with everyone,” she added.

Berdugo-Hernandez, as a former Educational Opportunity Fund scholar, used her voice to advocate for low-income students and increase awareness of various financial aid programs and opportunities.

“We’re very lucky to have someone so talented come to RCBC,” said Susan Taylor, RCBC’s STEM lab supervisor. “Stephanie doesn’t just join clubs and organizations for the sake of joining; she helps to influence and lead.”

A 3+1 Biology student, Berdugo-Hernandez hopes to attend medical school after earning her bachelor’s degree and aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon. 

“Attending RCBC has allowed me to be a part of the EOF program, which has helped me with affordable education in order to continue my education and achieve my degrees,” she said.

While at RCBC, Berdugo-Hernandez traveled to the state capitol in Trenton to speak about the benefits of the Educational Opportunity Fund program at EOF Day.

“This was an incredible opportunity, and I was able to speak to legislators about the importance and impact the EOF program has had on low-income students,” Berdugo-Hernandez said. “It allowed us to network with other EOF students and most importantly have our voices heard in continuing the fight to support EOF programs. The EOF program has helped and motivated me into becoming the student that I am today and allowed me to be a part of many great opportunities.”

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