Scholarship recipients express gratitude at annual event

September 16, 2013

At the College of Professional Studies (CPS) annual Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, August 27, the CPS community gathered to honor student scholarship recipients and thank donors. Alumnus Allan Ditchfield, ’68, hosted the ceremony, and stressed the importance of hard work along with tips on how to be successful.

Ditchfield introduced the two guest speakers, current undergraduate student and scholarship recipient Erica Roche, and alumna and past recipient Cheryl McCormick, ’09. Both speakers shared their story of overcoming obstacles to achieve an education. Roche is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Management degree while raising her son and working full time at CVS. McCormick, while raising three children, decided that she needed to have more than a high school diploma so earned an associate degree from North Shore Community College. She then completed the Fast-Track in Leadership degree program at CPS and from there went to the Massachusetts School of Law. She passed the bar exam earlier this year and just recently opened her own practice.

On Tuesday, December 3, Northeastern will join a national movement of charities, families, businesses and individuals coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season with #GivingTuesday.


Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.