Investors Bank through the Investors Foundation awarded the NJAC Foundation a grant of $21,000.00 for county vocational-technical school graduates who plan on continuing their education at a county college or state college or university.
“Investors Bank and Investors Foundation are proud to support the NJAC Foundation,” said Investors Bank President and CEO Kevin Cummings. “NJAC has been integral in providing educational opportunities to so many of our bright students here in New Jersey—work that is vital for the long-term success of our communities. We applaud NJAC and wish the scholarship winners all the best in their future endeavors.”
The Foundation plans to partner with the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools to identify potential candidates, and will distribute two $500.00 scholarships to well-deserving students in all twenty-one counties across the State. Since 2011, Investors Bank has awarded the NJAC Foundation grant monies totaling $115,000.00, which has helped an estimated 230 county vocational-technical school students pay for their education.
“I’m grateful that Investors Bank and the NJAC Foundation have once again partnered on this important and timely initiative to provide county vocational-technical school graduates with valuable scholarships that will help them and their families meet the ever increasing financial demands of pursuing an education,” commented NJAC Foundation President Donald De Leo.
The NJAC Foundation is a non-profit organization affiliated with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), and is committed to providing innovative educational opportunities for county vocational-technical school and county college students.
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Melanie Dos Santos Miranda and Jyasia Clark with the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarships. Melanie Dos Santos Miranda is a 2017 graduate of Ocean County Vocational Technical School- Toms River Center. During high school she participated in the Medical Assistant Program. She plans to study Biology at Richard Stockton University this Fall.
Jyasia Clark is also a 2017 graduate of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School District. She attended the Brick Center where she was an active and accomplished participant in many activities as well as in the community. She desires to study Visual Communications with a photography option at Ocean County College.
The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship awards to its 2017 county vocational technical school graduates on Tuesday, July 25th. Erin Blizzard studied as a nursing assistant while attending Cumberland County Technical Education Center (TEC), and works at a local nursing home. She is pursuing a higher education in Nursing at Cumberland County College this Fall.
Christopher Abreu graduated from Cumberland County TEC this past June. The school administration considers him to be a role model and leader. This Fall, he plans on attending Cumberland County College to study Criminal Justice.
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III and Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented both Naim Byrd and Joanna Sowa with their NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship awards. The presentation took place on Wednesday, August 2nd, at 4:30 p.m.
Naim Byrd is a 2017 graduate of Bergen County Technical High School – Paramus Campus, where he studied Visual Graphic Design. He will continue to study Visual Graphic Design this Fall at the Bergen County Community College.
Joanna Sowa graduated this past June from Bergen County Technical High School – Teterboro Campus. She plans to major in Political Science at Rutgers University.
On Wednesday, August 9th, Essex County Freeholders held a special presentation for two students that graduated this past June from the Essex County Vocational Technical School District. Both students are recipients of the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship.
Dalai Julca graduated from the 13th Street Center with a GPA of 4.0 and a class ranking of 7 out of 156. She plans on attending The College of New Jersey this Fall to study Business.
Anthoni Nogueira graduated from Bloomfield Tech and will study Computer Science this Fall at Rutgers University.
Jessica Huth and Hannah Willert were honored by the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday, August 10th, for receiving the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship.
Jessica graduated from the Assunpink Center where she participated in the cosmetology program. She plans to continue her education at Rowan University where she will major in Elementary Education.
Hannah Willert graduated from the Sypek Center of Mercer County Technical Schools. This Fall Hannah plans on attending Mercer County Community College where she will study Business.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Gabrielle Wolf with the 2017 NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship on August 22nd. Gabrielle graduated in June from the Cape May County Technical School, where she was enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program. She plans on continuing her education in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management at Atlantic Cape Community College this Fall.
On August 25th the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Oliwia Konior and Arcenia Juliana Pineda with scholarships from the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank. Both students graduated this June from the Morris County School of Technology.
Oliwia moved to New Jersey from Poland at a very young age and learned the English language very quickly. She has a great love of animals and studied Veterinary Science at the Academy while attending MCST. Oliwia will be attending the County College of Morris this Fall to continue her studies in Veterinary Science and plans to transfer to Rutgers University to receive her Bachelor’s degree.
Arcenia studied Visual and Performing Arts while at the Academy. She plans on studying Business Administration at the County College of Morris this Fall.
This past June, Kiezcha Walton and Selmyar Rodriguez Gonzalez graduated from the Camden County Vocational-Technical School District and are the recipients of the NJAC Foundation and Investors Bank Scholarship Award. Each were presented with their awards on September 19th during a Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting.
Kiezcha Walton attended the Gloucester Township Campus. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was inducted as Parlimentarian. Kiezcha was the recipient of the school’s Hall of Fame for her exceptional grades, attendance, and character. She studied in the Allied Health Program and plans on continuing her education at Camden County College where she will be enrolled in the Pre-Nursing Program.
Selmyar Rodriguez Gonzalez graduated from the Pennsauken Campus where she studied in the Environmental Science Program. She intends on continuing her education in Environmental Studies at Camden County College.