SHOUT OUTS: Five Bergen County students were among 25 recipients presented with 2015 New Jersey Heroes “Spirit of a Hero” scholarships by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie during a ceremony at the governor’s residence in Princeton.
The $5,000 scholarships stem from the Heart of a Hero program for military veterans.
“I am continually amazed by the character and commitment demonstrated by our young people in taking on serious issues impacting communities throughout New Jersey,” the governor’s wife said.
“From human trafficking and environmental stewardship to STEM education and programs for individuals with special needs, all of our applicants and awardees are doing outstanding work to give back and help improve the lives of others,” she said.
“With the Spirit of a Hero Scholarship, we are recognizing and honoring these good deeds while helping these young adults to achieve their career goals,” she said.
Since its inception in 2013, New Jersey Heroes has awarded $335,000 in scholarship funding to 67 students from across the state through the Spirit of a Hero program.
This year’s recipients include:
More than 700 students applied for the scholarships this year.
To be considered, candidates must meet “several criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community contribution; be a New Jersey resident and U.S. Citizen; submission of a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or advisor; be in good academic standing with their secondary schol and enroll as a student at an accredited college/university or a vocational training school in the 2015-2016 school year,” fall or spring semester.
Other 2015 Spirit of a Hero awardees include:
· Sankalp Aggarwal, Bridgewater Raritan High School, Bridgewater (Somerset)
· Russell Arno Bauer III, Seneca High School, Tabernacle (Burlington)
· Madi Beumee, Morris County School of Technology, Denville (Morris)
· Laura Elizabeth Cavanagh, Immaculata High School, Somerville (Somerset)
· Kaela Lyn Denno, Mount Olive High School, Flanders (Morris)
· Mark Dominguez, Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge (Morris)
· Stephanie Harvey, Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees (Camden)
· Gunnar Tyler Henning, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington (Warren)
· Abhiram Karuppur, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge (Somerset)
· Jon Kubricki, Pinelands Regional High School, Little Egg Harbor (Atlantic)
· Alexander Louie, Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough (Somerset)
· Mackenzie Ann Olson, Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill (Gloucester)
· Katie Alexandria Ramirez, Elizabeth High School – Upper Academy, Elizabeth (Union)
· Luisa Rinaudo, Middletown High School, Middletown (Monmouth)
· Elijah Christian Rodriguez, Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft (Monmouth)
· Tomas Roberto Sanchez, Highland Park High School, Highland Park (Middlesex)
· Benjamin Schragger, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington (Mercer)
· Emily Jane Shapiro, James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell (Essex)
· Sarah Wolford, Allentown High School, Allentown (Monmouth)
· Ellen Wu, Freehold High School, Freehold (Monmouth)
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