Lauren Deinhardt was named one of the seven Brookdale graduates who will receive the Outstanding Student Award at commencement ceremonies on May 16. The awards recognize student academic excellence, community service and personal accomplishments.

Deinhardt, a criminal justice major at Brookdale, will continue her studies this fall at Monmouth University. She was accepted into a joint bachelor’s and master’s program. She is also considering pursuing a law degree and will begin an internship in Commvault’s corporate law department this summer.

She earned numerous honors for her academic excellence and community service, including her selection as a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. The prestigious national honor earned her a $1,500 scholarship. On campus, she served as an officer with Brookdale’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Deinhardt organized numerous activities with her fellow PTK members, including an opioid awareness series. As an Honors Ambassador and Honors Mentor, she promoted the Honors Program to high school students and counseled incoming Brookdale students on the transition to college.

Deinhardt completed internships with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Air Force. She also volunteered as an art therapist with CareOne Assisted Living in Jackson, NJ. She is contemplating various career options such as a criminal investigator, prosecutor or intelligence analyst.

She credits Professor Jacquelynn Seely as a strong influence. As a student in two of Seely’s classes, Deinhardt said she was inspired by Seely’s life experiences. The two collaborated on her internship at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Deinhardt’s honors symposium project.

“I was absolutely thrilled to be recognized with the Outstanding Student Award and proud to represent Criminal Justice colleagues at graduation,” said Deinhardt.


“My overall experience with Brookdale has been nothing short of excellent. College is what you make out of it. I would tell a prospective student considering attending Brookdale that you won’t be disappointed by the academic quality and the extracurricular experience. You’ll benefit from small class sizes and a caring and supportive community. Brookdale has given me a solid academic foundation and opened up doors for new opportunities.”

-Lauren Deinhardt

“The Outstanding Student Award Winners excelled academically and helped to make the Brookdale campus even more vibrant and engaging through their leadership and involvement in student clubs, organizations and activities. Their positive impact and community service extended beyond Brookdale, and I know that we’ll see more great accomplishments from them in the coming years.”

-President David Stout

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Lauren Deinhardt will be starting a joint program at Monmouth University in the fall.