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2018-2019 Scholarships

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Wendy’s High School Heisman 

CLASS OF 2019, DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN A WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP?

Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Scholarship Levels

STATE WINNERS: $500 SCHOLARSHIP

·         A $500 college scholarship will be awarded to one senior male and one senior female from each state. The 90 State Winners who do not move on to the National Finalist round will receive a $500 scholarship

NATIONAL FINALISTS: $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

·         The 10 National Finalists are selected from 100 State Winners, made up of five senior males and five senior females from each of the five geographic Heisman regions. National Finalists receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The eight (8) National Finalists who are not named the National Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

NATIONAL WINNERS: $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP

·         A judging panel will select one senior male and one senior female from the 10 National Finalists as Wendy’sSchool Heisman National Winners. National Award Winners will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, as well as national recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation.

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The application closes October 17, 2018. Students must submit their application by 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET in order to be considered. It’s best to complete your application as early as possible to give your reviewer adequate time to submit their review.

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Student of the Year Campaign 

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year Campaign is a seven-week initiative, in which nominated high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit the life-saving mission of LLS: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The top fundraising candidate(s) at the end of the seven-week challenge earns the title

“Students of the Year”, as well as a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of his/her choice. Students will also have the opportunity to receive one of our Citizenship Awards, and those candidates who achieve the campaign’s fundraising minimum will also be recognized for their achievement. Throughout the campaign, the students will be raising money in honor of a local patient hero who is currently battling a blood cancer.

Students of the Year candidates are high school students enrolled in New Jersey public or private schools who are interested in and enthusiastic about philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership. This campaign not only offers visibility in the community, but also demonstrates the candidates’ excellence in leadership and community engagement for college applications and professional resumes.

Students of the Year applicants for the 2019 campaign must submit an application by Friday, November 9, 2018. The campaign will launch on January 17, 2018 and will culminate with the Grand Finale Celebration on March 9, 2019. ​​​​​​​

For more information and/or to apply, go to: https://tinyurl.com/2019soyapp  

Questions can be directed at Michelle Evetts by phone at (908) 956-6615 or by email at michelle.evetts@lls.org

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

Application deadline: November 20, 2018.

For more information and/or to apply, go to: https://www.jkcf.org/

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The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the nation’s most generous and selective undergraduate merit awards.

Valued at more than $250,000 (out-of-state) or $150,000 (in-state), the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding.

McDermott Scholars have:

·  Interned at Google, Amazon, JPMorgan, U.S. Supreme Court, NPR, NIH and CERN.

·  Gone on to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Cambridge.

·  Won Fulbrights, Goldwaters, NSF Fellowships, Udalls, a Schwarzman and a Gates Cambridge.

·  Worked at Microsoft, McKinsey, Texas Instruments, the White House, United Nations, NASA, Cleveland Clinic and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

At UT Dallas, students have access to distinguished faculty, innovative academic programs, nationally recognized research and countless career-oriented opportunities.

Deadline: Dec. 7, 2018

For more information and/or to apply, go to: https://www.utdallas.edu/mcdermott/

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Assumption College 

 $10,000 Brassard Scholarship for Catholic High School Students

As a Catholic high school student, you recognize and appreciate the value of a faith-based education, and if you are accepted to Assumption College for admission, you will be awarded the annual $2,500 Brassard Scholarship.

At Assumption you will receive:

  • A classic liberal arts education with strong business and professional studies
  • A $2,500 scholarship for graduates of Catholic high schools, awarded annually for all four years at Assumption (in addition to other financial aid or scholarship awards you might receive)
  • Consideration for merit scholarships up to $24,000
  • The guarantee that your tuition rate will not increase during your four years through the Assumption Assurance program

For more information and/or to apply, go to:https://www.assumption.edu/admissions/financial-aid/brassard-scholarship

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Light the Way Scholarship

Assumption College inspires students, faculty and staff to Light the Way. Our mission reminds us that there is a greater purpose to life and that each individual has gifts and talents to share with the world. In and outside of the classroom, Assumption students are using the incredible resources around them—people, places, opportunities—to feed their minds, grow their hearts, and pass it on.

Assumption’s Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way.

Each year, Assumption College will award up to 50, $25,000 scholarships, renewable all four years.*

Students must apply for admission to Assumption College and complete the Light the Way Scholarship application by Saturday, December 15, 2018.

For more information and/or to apply, go to: https://www.assumption.edu/admissions/financial-aid/light-way-scholarship

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American Legion

High School Oratorical Contest

The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

The New Jersey Contest will award a $4,000 scholarship for the first place winner, $2,500 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 each for fourth and fifth place.

The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contest, a weekend’s competition of Quarter-final, Semi-final and National final contests that are held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2019 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 7, 2019.

The Prepared Oration

The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight (8) minutes or more than ten (10) minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

Contestants may have in their possession a copy of their prepared oration in the first holding room. They may consult the copy of their prepared oration, until they exit the holding room in order to begin the contest, at which time the copy of the prepared oration will be surrendered to the contest official who is monitoring the first holding room.

In the prepared oration, as well as in the assigned topic discourse, quotations must be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than ten words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally. The singing of a song(s) is not permitted and will result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song provided proper attribution is made.

Assigned Topic Discourse

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his/her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States as listed under assigned topics in Chapter Four.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Assigned Topics for 2019 contest

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 13

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment 21

1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

DEPARTMENT CONTEST TIME SCHEDULE

·        POST LEVEL to be completed by January 12, 2019 (Results to the County Chairman by January 19, 2019)

·        COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by January 26, 2019 (Results to the District Chairman by February 2, 2019)

·        DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by February 9, 2019 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

·         Department Finals will be held on February 23, 2019 at the War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ

·      National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 6, 2019.

·        National Semi-Finals Round will be held Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019.

·        National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 7, 2019

·        All National competitions will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For more information and/or to apply, please see your guidance counselor.

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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

 

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Contest Topic

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.

For more information and/or to submit your essay, go to: https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

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FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK UNION COUNTY NJ, INC
Scholarship

The Scholarship Committee of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County each year selects a young man to receive a one time scholarship to the University of his choice in tuition aid.

The following is the criteria for this scholarship:

  • Schools may select one applicant from their class who they best feel would be the most deserving individual for this scholarship award.  In limited circumstances the Scholarship committee may exercise their discretion and agree to consider multiple candidates from a high school.   
  • Applicants must be male, residents of Union County, and be of Irish descent.  
  • Applications must be received either electronically or in physical form by Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  
  • Interviews will take place Sunday January 27, 2019.  Applicants MUST be available and present for the interview on January 28, 2017 to be considered for the scholarship.   This is the only day that interviews will be conducted.
  • Please be aware that the amount of the scholarship can vary depending on fundraising exercises; however, traditionally the amount has been a one-year scholarship in an amount of $4,000-$5,000.  

Please email or mail the applications to the address listed below.  Please note that emails are the preferred method of receipt, if there are any issues surrounding the scanning of the documents please feel free to contact the individual below.  Letters of recommendation can be mailed under separate cover.  

Bhill410@gmail.com

Brian Hill
Atn: Friendly Sons of St Patrick
30 Sam Drive
Tinton Falls, New Jersey 07724
732-991-6828

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P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc. Scholarships


P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc in collaboration with the Nu Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Diamond Foundation Inc., of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce that we will be offering scholarships to minority graduating high school seniors of Middlesex and Somerset Counties this year.


The application must be submitted via the online application portal via the link below by Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. Some required materials including the official high school transcript and 2 letters of recommendation must be submitted via U.S. Mail and must be postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2019 to the enclosed address for scholarship consideration.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA
Maurice M. Williams Scholarship

  • Must be a resident of Somerset or Middlesex Counties of New Jersey
  • Must be an under-represented (minority) male or female
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Should have served in a leadership capacity in school and/or within the community
  • Should be a high school senior with plans to attend a two-year or four-year college or university
  • An official sealed transcript must be submitted via mail to the noted address below

Diamond & Pearls Scholarship

  • Must be a resident of Somerset or Middlesex Counties of New Jersey
  • Must be a minority male student
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be in good academic standing with 2.5 grade point average
  • Should have served in a leadership capacity in school and/or within the community
  • Should be a high school senior with plans to attend a two year or four year college or university
  • An official sealed transcript must be submitted via mail to the noted address below

Shawn Marie Stephens Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a resident of Somerset or Middlesex Counties of New Jersey
  • Must be an under-represented (minority) male or female
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be in good academic standing with 3.0 grade point average
  • Must be planning to pursue a major in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Should have served in a leadership capacity in school and/or within the community
  • Should be a high school senior with plans to attend a two year or four year college or university
    An official sealed transcript must be submitted via mail to the noted address below

Maili P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc. 2019 Scholarship

ATTN: Ludieann A. Menzies, Scholarship Chairman

884 Garfield Avenue

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

 

To apply online, please visit:  P.E.A.R.L.S, Inc. Scholarship Application Packet 2019

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Middlesex County School Nurses Association Scholarship

The Middlesex County School Nurses Association will award two $500.00 nursing scholarships.  Our intent is to encourage those who are interested in pursuing a professional nursing education.

Qualifications:

  • Must reside and/or go to a high school in Middlesex County
  • have a 3.5 or higher grade point average
  • will attend a four year collegiate nursing school

Please submit the following materials:

  • Scholarship Application: (Please note all information must be typed or printed)
  • Copy of High School Transcript
  • Two letters of reference: (one from applicant’s guidance counselor)
  • Written Statement: (This should be between 250-300 words and communicate any information you feel may be helpful to the scholarship committee. Please include why you are pursuing a career in nursing.)

Please submit all application materials to:

Barbara Snepar
Crossroads North Middle School
635 Georges Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Application Deadline: MARCH 26, 2019

Scholarship winner will be notified by mail.

The scholarship will be presented May 9, 2018 at the Middlesex County School Nurse Association Scholarship and Retirement Dinner.. The dinner will be at Ria Mar Restaurant in South River.

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YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, & South Amboy
Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship

Ryan Marie Patterson

Ryan believed that every child should be provided the opportunity to sparkle. She helped so many children realize their gifts and share them with the world. Ryan believed that gestures both large and small had the power to make a difference in the life of a child.

At a young age, Ryan committed to helping those around her. As a teen she began her work with children as a member and coach of the Metuchen Branch YMCA Manta Ray swim team. Her work with her teammates inspired her and helped guide her direction in college.

Ryan attended Colgate University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in the Bronx.

After graduate school, the Bronx became her new domain. Ryan’s caring, insight, and persistence allowed her to help troubled children in need.  At the time of her death, Ryan worked at the Morris Heights Health Center counseling and supporting students at the Health Opportunities High School and Truman High School in the South Bronx.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s time was cut short. There is still much work to be done.

About the Ryan Marie Patterson Scholarship

Who Is Eligible?

Youth members of any of branch of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy network who are pursuing higher education in the fall of 2019.

Are recommendations required?

You will be required to provide two written recommendations from non-family members in support of your application. Your scholarship application will not be considered complete or eligible for review without these two supporting recommendations.

What is the scholarship amount?

This scholarship is funded through the Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program, administered by The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy, a 501(C)3 organization. Additional funds are raised throughout the year in support of the scholarship program.  The final scholarship award amount for 2019 is $2,000.

Are there any restrictions on how the scholarship money can be used?

The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost. If you are selected to receive the scholarship, you will be asked to provide proof of enrollment and tuition payment from your school/university. Upon receipt of the documentation, the scholarship funds will be released to you.

When are applications due and where do I send the completed application?

All scholarship applications must be received by March 29, 2019.

Completed applications must be sent to:

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Association Office

483 Middlesex Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08840

ATTN: Catherine Haugh

How are people selected?

The recipient must strive for excellence in academics, sports or the arts. In addition, they must demonstrate that they have overcome some sort of adversity or challenge (not limited to health challenges), live by the golden rule, have influenced others in a positive way and advocated for others who are less fortunate.

Do you have a grade point requirement?

There is no grade point average that is required to apply for this scholarship.

When will I find out if I have been granted the scholarship?

The Committee will notify the scholarship recipient in early April and will receive their scholarship at a small presentation and reception at the Metuchen YMCA on a date to be determined.

For more information and/or to apply, go to:

https://www.ymcaofmewsa.org/giving/ryan-patterson-memorial-scholarship

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FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising)
National Scholarship Competition

Win a full one-year scholarship to attend FIDM.

 Do you belong to the next generation of solution-oriented creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and trendsetters? Showcase your talent as you demonstrate a strong understanding of aesthetics and the ability to push your limits, in our 2019 National Scholarship Competition, featuring Celebrity Judge Kris Jenner.

Get Started

More than 30 scholarships to attend FIDM will be awarded, including eight full one-year scholarships for the following majors:

 

CATEGORY

FIDM MAJOR

Marketing Executive of Tomorrow

Merchandising & Marketing and Apparel Industry Management

Fashion Designer of Tomorrow

Fashion Design

Graphic Designer of Tomorrow

Graphic Design

Interior Designer of Tomorrow

Interior Design

Social Media Marketer of Tomorrow

Social Media

Visual Designer of Tomorrow

Visual Communications

Trend Forecaster of Tomorrow

Merchandise Product Development and Apparel Industry Management

Beauty Executive of Tomorrow

Beauty Industry Management

All entries must be postmarked by March 29, 2019.

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Rotary Club of Carteret
$1,000 Scholarship 

The Rotary Club of Carteret is giving a $1,000 scholarship to a student who lives in Carteret but attends school out of town.  

Please see Mrs. Procacci for a copy of the application.

Completed applications must be mailed to the following address before March 31, 2019: 

Rotary Club of Carteret
172 A Roosevelt Ave. 
Carteret, NJ 07008

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Janet Logan Daily Foundation
$10,000 Scholarship

Eligibility:

Graduating high school seniors from New Jersey enrolling full-time in an accredited university or college within the United States are eligible. Applicants must meet the following criteria: students must have worked an average of 30 hours per week during the summer since the age of 16 (paid positions only), actively participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Financial need may be considered when selecting the recipient.

Application Requirements:

This award is available to New Jersey residents only. Applicants must thoroughly complete all 8 sections of the digital application form and provide references where requested. Guidance Counselor verification of the included student information will be mandatory. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

***Applications must be submitted by April 1st, 2019

Award:

$10,000 evenly dispersed over four years. Student must maintain a satisfactory academic standing throughout college (minimum 2.5 GPA) in order to receive the complete award. The Janet Logan Daily Foundation grants one award annually.

Scholarship Acceptance and Disbursement Terms:

Upon winning the award, recipient must submit a short personal statement illustrating goals, hobbies and educational/career plans, all of which may be showcased on the Janet Logan Daily Foundation website and related media.

Scholarship fund disbursement will be granted once the recipient provides proof of enrollment in an accredited institution. In order to continue receiving annual award disbursement, recipient must provide proof of employment throughout college (30+ hours/week during summer) and submit a yearly grade transcript (student must maintain full-time enrollment with minimum 2.5 GPA).

 

For more information and/or to apply, go to: http://janetlogandailyfoundation.org/application.asp  

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Middlesex County School Counselor Association
Annual Scholarship

Students must submit an application packet that includes the following: completed application, a counselor recommendation, a transcript with mid-year grades, SAT/ACT scores (if not listed on transcript), essay and activity resume.

All completed submissions MUST be postmarked by April 1, 2019 in order to be considered for review. All completed application materials are to be sent to the address below:

Laura Laubach

Old Bridge High School

4209 Route 516

Matawan, NJ 07747

Please see your counselor if you would like a copy of the application.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Laubach at llaubach@obps.org or (732) 290-3900 ext. 3911.

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Marisa Tufaro Memorial Community Service Scholarship

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation’s second annual Marisa Tufaro Memorial Community Service Scholarship will be awarded to a senior (Class of 2019) who as a Middlesex County resident or as a student at a Middlesex County high school has demonstrated a commitment to helping children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area.

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation will issue at least one $1,000 Marisa Tufaro Memorial Community Service Scholarship before the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

Conditions of Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the Marisa Tufaro Memorial Community Service Scholarship:

·         Must be a college-bound senior or a senior planning to attend a vocational or trade school who resides in Middlesex County or attends a Middlesex County high school with a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

·         Must have helped children in need anywhere throughout the greater Middlesex County area through volunteerism and/or a community-service project(s) which occurred at any time from September 2015 to the date of scholarship application

·         Mandatory Application Materials Checklist

Omission of any of the items listed below will make the applicant ineligible for the scholarship:

·         Scholarship applicants are required to write an essay explaining in detail how they helped children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area, how helping those children made them feel, why it is important to assist children in need and the impact their service had on children.

·         Scholarship applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation from non-relatives. One letter must be an academic reference. The other letter can be a personal or community service reference. The letter writers must include their contact information (full name, affiliation, email address and phone number).

·         Scholarship applicants must include their full name, high school, cumulative grade point average, phone number, email address and home address at the top of their essay.

Selection Process

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation’s scholarship selection committee will review all application materials and select the scholarship recipient.


The Marisa Tufaro Foundation may publish, with the winner’s permission, certain general information including the winner’s name, educational background, community service and future educational plans.

Scholarship Conditions

Should the winner be a college-bound senior, the scholarship may only be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Verification of college enrollment and proof of proper use of the funds will be required.


Should the winner be a senior planning to attend a vocational or trade school, the scholarship may only be used for tuition, fees, books and tools of the trade. Verification of vocational or trade school enrollment and proof of proper use of the funds will be required.

Who is Eligible

Middlesex County residents and students attending Middlesex County high schools who meet the conditions of eligibility listed above.


Students who reside outside of Middlesex County and attend a Middlesex County high school, such as Bishop George Ahr in Edison, St. Joseph in Metuchen or The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, are eligible for the scholarship.


A Middlesex County resident who attends a high school outside of Middlesex County, such as the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset County or Mother Seton Regional in Union County, is also eligible for the scholarship.


Middlesex County residents who attend a high school outside of Middlesex County under New Jersey’s Interdistrict Public School Choice Program are also eligible.

How to Apply

Please be sure to mail all of the items outlined in the mandatory application materials checklist to:


The Marisa Tufaro Foundation

P.O. Box 10625

New Brunswick, NJ 08906


All scholarship application materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2019.


All of the items listed on the mandatory application materials checklist must be mailed simultaneously in one envelope. Separate mailings of materials will disqualify scholarship applicants from consideration.

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The Marisa Tufaro Foundation Greater Middlesex Conference Student-Athlete Scholarship

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At least two $500 scholarships will be awarded before June 1, 2019 to exceptional high school seniors from the Greater Middlesex Conference who have overcome adversity (not limited to medical challenges), who strive for excellence academically and athletically, who have engaged in community service and who have been inspired by Marisa’s story to make a difference in the lives of others.

Who is Eligible

Any student-athlete who competed on the varsity level in a Greater Middlesex Conference sport and who meets the conditions of eligibility listed below.

Conditions of Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for The Marisa Tufaro Foundation’s Greater Middlesex Conference Student-Athlete Scholarship:

·        Must have overcome adversity (not limited to medical challenges)

·        Must be a college-bound senior or a senior planning to attend a vocational or trade school who resides in Middlesex County or attends a Middlesex County high school with a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

·       Must have competed on the varsity level in a Greater Middlesex Conference sport

·        Must strive for excellence in the classroom and on the field

·        Must have engaged in community service as a high school student

·        Must pursue aspirations with passion, integrity, character and respect for others

Mandatory Application Materials Checklist

Omission of any of the items listed below will make the applicant ineligible for the scholarship:

1.    Scholarship applicants are required to write an essay explaining in detail the adversity they overcame and why Marisa’s story inspires them to make a difference in the lives of others.

2.   Scholarship applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation from non-relatives. One letter must be an academic reference. The other letter must be from a coach or athletics administrator. The letter writers must include their contact information (full name, affiliation, email address and phone number).

3.   Scholarship applicants must provide a resume detailing any community service in which they engaged as a high school student.

4.   Scholarship applicants must include their full name, high school, cumulative grade point average, phone number, email address and home address at the top of their essay.

Selection Process

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation’s scholarship selection committee will review all application materials and select the scholarship recipient.

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation may publish, with the winner’s permission, certain general information including the winner’s name, educational background, community service and future educational plans.

Scholarship Conditions

Should the winner be a college-bound senior, the scholarship may be used only for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Verification of college enrollment and proof of proper use of the funds will be required.

Should the winner be a senior planning to attend a vocational or trade school, the scholarship may only be used for tuition, fees, books and tools of the trade. Verification of enrollment in the vocational or trade school and proof of proper use of the funds will be required.

How to Apply

Please be sure to mail all of the items outlined in the mandatory application materials checklist to:

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation

P.O. Box 10625

New Brunswick, NJ 08906 


All scholarship application materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2019.

All of the items listed on the mandatory application materials checklist must be mailed simultaneously in one envelope. Separate mailings of materials will disqualify scholarship applicants from consideration.

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Verto International Leadership Award

The Verto International Leadership Award is designed for graduating high school seniors who have expressed or demonstrated service in their community, an appreciation for diversity, leadership qualities or direct interest in global economic, health, education or humanitarian issues, as recognized by their high school counselors or teachers.

How many students will earn an International Leadership Scholarship?

Verto Education will provide two students with a Verto International Leadership Award scholarship which will cover a third of the tuition ($5,000) toward the fall or full year program. Five runner-up scholarship awards will be granted in the amount of $1,000 each.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship?

As educators we believe that traditional standardized tests are only snapshots of a student’s potential. Therefore we weigh student test scores against achievement outside the classroom and rely heavily on the recommendation of the school counselor to inform our decision. By nominating a student for this award, the school counselor has recognized that the student has immense potential, demonstrated service in their community, an appreciation for intercultural diversity as well as an interest in global economic, health, education or humanitarian issues.

For more information and/or to request a nomination, see your guidance counselor. 

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University of Dayton
Leadership in Service Scholarship 

At the University of Dayton, our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to search for truth. It pushes us to go beyond the easy answers and to use our knowledge to create a brighter tomorrow. Here, students are challenged to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service. It’s part of our Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy.

To honor this tradition, we award Leadership in Service scholarships to students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Selected students are also eligible for a University merit scholarship, worth up to $98,000 over four years.

In addition to receiving a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year), recipients complete one leadership opportunity — such as attending a leadership conference, participating in on-campus leadership activities or writing personal reflections — each semester.​​​​​​​

For more information and/or to request a nomination, see your guidance counselor.

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Seton Hall University
 Catholic High School Achievement Award

Award Eligibility

Incoming freshmen currently enrolled in a Catholic high school who have a minimum of an unweighted 3.0 GPA and a 1350 SAT (new), 1290 SAT 2-score (old) or 29 on the ACT, as well as a strong record of involvement in high school, community or church.

Award Amount

An $8,000 award, exclusively for students who attend Catholic high schools, will be distributed in increments of $2,000 annually for four years. This award will be added to either our Public Tuition Rate or University Scholarship, which average more than $22,000 annually, for eligible students. This means students from Catholic schools can anticipate a total scholarship of more than $96,000 ($24,000 annually). In addition, students can still qualify for need-based aid and apply for other scholarships. Learn more at www.shu.edu/go/scholarships.

Application Procedure

There is no application required for this scholarship; the scholarship is automatically awarded to students who are admitted to Seton Hall and meet the eligibility requirements.