County College Of Morris: CCM Photography Students Receive $ 5,000 Scholarships

September 27, 2021

Jim Del Giudice, a highly respected photographer and historian who taught at County College of Morris (CCM) for over 30 years, left a legacy improving the lives of others through his creativity and extensive knowledge of Morris County. Two photography majors from the college now benefit from this legacy as the first recipients of scholarships totaling $ 5,000 each. These scholarships were funded through the generosity of Del Giudice’s longtime friend David Scinto of Florida.

The recipients of the Jim Del Giudice Memorial Fellowship are Isoline Grant, from Flanders, and Sydney Thumser, from Roxbury, both graduates in photography technology. Last Wednesday, September 22, they were able to meet Scinto at a reception held at the college.

“It’s a lot of money, but it’s not just the money. It’s also the story behind this scholarship that is so significant,” Thumser said. “It feels good to have been selected. It’s a good boost to keep me in the right direction.”

“I’m so grateful because I really needed this money,” Grant commented. “The reason my family left our country was for a better education. At first I wanted to do graphic design, but then I took a photography class and when I started taking pictures of people, I realized I wanted to be their voice to tell their story. “

“Jim always did things for others. He loved people and he loved students. He was a very good person,” Scinto noted. “After his death, I wanted to do something to pay tribute to him. I knew he had been teaching here for over 30 years, so I thought there was no better place than to do it at CCM.

Scinto is establishing a $ 100,000 scholarship fund with the CCM Foundation which will provide two full-time students with scholarships of $ 5,000 or part-time students with scholarships of $ 2,500 each year.

“Sydney and Isoline are two diligent students of the photography program here at the CCM,” notes Nicole Schwartz, professor of photography. “The two engage with the medium of photography beyond the surface, bringing thoughtful perspectives into class discussions and into the photographic work they create.”

Grant Link’s ongoing project has been devoted to photographing his family. She has explored the themes of immigration, family and community since her first semester at CCM. Grant and his family immigrated from Honduras to the United States almost five years ago. In her work, she documents their pride and unity as a family.

Thumser’s most recent photographic project was devoted to conceptual aspects of the photographic medium. She created abstract images by placing a window screen in front of her camera lens. The resulting photographs are blurry and out of focus, documenting fragments of her home and natural surroundings. The images connect viewers with the idea of ​​nostalgia and memory, a theme Thumser explores. She explained, “I wanted to create images that viewers could relate to, but still don’t fully understand what’s going on. For me, that’s what a memory feels like. You can remember the main idea. , but the details themselves are blurry. “

Del Giudice was a highly respected professional photographer with an extensive collection of photographic essays based on historical subjects and New Jersey landscapes. He was also a talented writer with numerous articles published and several plays performed locally. Del Giudice was also known for donating his time to deliver informative and entertaining lectures to the public at senior centers, assisted living facilities, public libraries and other venues. He passed away in September 2020.

“I have no doubts that both students will use their scholarship to further their creative practices during their final year here at CCM,” said Hrvoje Slovenc, coordinator of the photography program. “It is such an important gift that it will definitely have a lasting impact on their lives.”

Donations to the Del Giudice Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made online at or by calling 973-328-5060.

To learn more about the Photography Technology Program at CCM, visit

County College of Morris Photography majors Sydney Thumser (left) and Isoline Grant (right) meet David Scinto who created a scholarship for photography students in memory of Jim Del Giudice at County College of Morris. Thumser and Grant are the first recipients of the annual $ 5,000 scholarships.

Sydney1.jpg: A photograph of Sydney Thumser

Isoline3.jpg: A photograph of Isoline Grant

This press release was produced by Morris County College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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