Francene Donofrio
CCBC honors student,
Mental Health

“Your rewards are determined by your level of effort. If you want it, you have to earn it.”

Francene Donofrio once worked as a legal secretary, then became a stay-at-home mom. Throughout the years, she always knew she would go back to school to become a mental health professional. It was just a question of when.

There was no doubt where Francene would go when she finally took the leap. Her oldest daughter and son went on to four-year colleges after graduating from CCBC. Her youngest daughter took advantage of CCBC’s Early College Access programs to get a head start on college.

Francene was nonetheless anxious about returning to school after years of being out of the classroom.  

“When I first applied to CCBC, I thought, ‘Oh no … what have I done?’ But my advisor and all my instructors were so helpful and supportive, that initial fear was gone in no time,” Francene recalls.

Financial support was important as well, and Francene was thrilled to receive the Kaiser Permanente Scholarship through the School of Health Professions. With lots of hard work and her family firmly behind her, she achieved a 3.79 grade point average. Francene was admitted into the CCBC Honors program, the academic honor society of Phi Theta Kappa, and Alpha Eta, the School of Health Professions honor society.  

Francene is excited for the next step in her education as she heads to UMBC.

“I feel well prepared. My education and internship experience has made me confident in my skills and abilities.”

CCBC student, Francene Donofrio