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Montgomery College Commencement

Board of Trustees Scholars 2015

Apprenticeship Scholar

Leroy John Friend Jr_

Mr. Leroy John Friend Jr. is completing a four-year apprenticeship program as an HVAC technician. He is graduating with a 3.72 grade point average in his apprenticeship. He is enrolled in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, National Capital Chapter (ACCA/NCC) apprenticeship program. Mr. Friend is employed with Shapiro & Duncan Mechanical Contractors. Mr. Friend, a native of Oakland, Maryland, graduated from Southern Garrett High School in 1980. He worked in the coal mines of West Virginia for 18 years while he and his wife raised their two children. He also volunteered as an EMT for the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad. When his own air conditioning unit broke, Mr. Friend became interested in HVAC work. He left the mining industry and moved to Montgomery County to work for Shapiro & Duncan and enroll at Montgomery College. His career was sidelined when he went back to western Maryland to care for his ailing father. After working at a small contracting business and even going back to the mines, he rejoined Shapiro & Duncan in renewed pursuit of his apprenticeship.

Germantown Campus Scholar

Pavanjot Singh Guraya15

Mr. Pavanjot Singh Guraya, a business administration major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He is originally from the United Kingdom. When he was rejected by the four-year school of his choice, he accepted an invitation to participate in Montgomery College’s Macklin Business Institute, which has ultimately shaped his dreams and aspirations. While he was a full-time student, he actively pursued experiential learning opportunities through Enactus and the International Business Ethics Case Competition. He plans to transfer to a top undergraduate business school, where he will double major in finance and accounting. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a career in consulting. Eventually, he hopes to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. Upon his retirement, Mr. Guraya hopes to serve as the program director at the Macklin Business Institute.

Rockville Campus Scholar

fidelis mariae a militante

Ms. Fidelis Mariae A. Militante, a nursing major and a vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She emigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 2005. She trained as a certified nursing assistant during her senior year in high school. She has volunteered in various nursing homes since her certification. As a member of the Renaissance Scholars honors program, she presented a research paper in this year’s Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference. She will complete an internship at the Library of Congress this summer. As vice president of the Student Senate, she organized numerous community service projects and led fundraising efforts to provide scholarships for winners of the Student Senate’s Annual Talent Show. Ms. Militante serves as the vice president of the Early Childhood Education Club and as an orientation leader. Ms. Militante received the prestigious 2015 Montgomery College Jack Kent Cooke scholarship. This award will support her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She will then continue her education to become a medical doctor.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Scholar

Antony M_ Musembi

Mr. Antony M. Musembi, a business major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. As a Renaissance Scholars honors program member, he interned at the Library of Congress. He participated in the 2014 MC Leads Student Leadership Development Program and earned Most Valuable Leader. Mr. Musembi was the Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ Student Advocacy Day speaker in Annapolis. As a Spirit of Service Day student coordinator, he fulfilled his passion for volunteerism through engagement, food drives, and adult literacy promotion. He plans to complete a combined bachelor’s degree in environmental management and business administration and eventually earn a PhD in business. Mr. Musembi currently works at WMATA, where he would like to pursue a role in management. He wants to give back to his community by starting a business and life skills mentorship program for disadvantaged youth, creating a consultancy firm, and becoming a business professor. Despite overcoming a family tragedy and numerous personal setbacks, he completed his degree after a 20-year hiatus from college. Mr. Musembi is a source of inspiration to other students.  He and his wife, Joy, live in Silver Spring.

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