SJC Student Honored for Military Service

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – APRIL 11, 2014 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, an SJC student will receive the Long Island Recreational Trails Conservancy’s (LIRTC) annual scholarship. This year, Marcelle Leis ’13 was chosen by the organization for her military service and commitment to education. The annual ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 18.

After 24 years of service to the New York Air National Guard, Leis retired as a chief master sergeant and went back to school. She earned a B.S. in Community Health and Human Services on SJC’s Long Island Campus and is currently working toward an M.S. in Human Services Leadership. In addition, Leis is a peer facilitator with the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a veteran PTSD support group run by veterans for veterans. She lives in Patchogue with her husband and two children.

“As a retired master sergeant, Marcelle [Leis] has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the SJC community,” said Shannon O’Neill, assistant dean and military adviser on SJC’s Long Island Campus. “She is devoted to her education and helping others in the veteran community, and we can't think of a better candidate for this scholarship.”

A military-friendly school, SJC offers online, on- and off-site class schedules for its military and veteran students, including class offerings at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y. In addition, SJC is an active participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, offering veteran students financial support, a monthly housing allowance and an annual stipend for books and school supplies. For more information about military offerings at SJC, visit  

LIRTC is a not-for-profit organization that supports local causes and awards scholarships and grants to those in need. They serve as an educational facility to teach safe and responsible ATV use, with a goal of expanding open space rehabilitation to provide long-term active recreational and educational opportunities to members of the public not served by traditional municipal land use policies. For more information, visit

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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