Jesse Perkins, from Haverhill, has been awarded two of North Shore Community College’s top Student Service Awards, presented at the college’s 51st annual Student Service Awards Ceremony on May 1.
Perkins, who will receive an associate degree in criminal justice this May, won the Dr. Cheryl Finkelstein Award for Outstanding Community Service, a top honor presented each year to a student who has made a significant contribution in one or more community service areas.
In addition, Perkins was also the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellow Award, a national fellowship that recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
A 22-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Perkins has held progressively responsible positions of leadership at the college, first as Student Veterans Center work study, President of the Student Veterans Club, and was elected student representative on the college’s Board of Trustees. Perkins’ leadership originates with his own commitment to helping the underserved. He is committed to “giving back” and in every role has encouraged his fellow students to join him in making a difference by volunteering to tackle such issues as food insecurity, homelessness, and lack of opportunities for youth.
“Whether serving as the Student Trustee, President of the Veterans Club or volunteering in the community, Jesse’s contributions to civic engagement on campus and in the community are significant and admirable,” said Dr. Patricia A. Gentile, NSCC President