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2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
NEW PROVIDENCE high school
Alli will be attending Montclair State University in the fall. She has been fundraising locally since the age of nine to benefit any family she learned was in need. She has not only volunteered, but hosted and organized events as well as participated in walks to fight brain tumors.
The funds generated from these events have been directed toward local families, hospitals, and foundations. Alli fundraised for The Ronald McDonald house in NYC for many years and has been acknowledged personally by their President, William Sullivan. If you have ever been to a NPHS sporting you have probably seen her taking pictures. Alli is someone who truly enjoys giving back to the community and puts others before herself.
Kathryn Vigilante will be attending University of Florida in in the fall. Motivated by the passing of an uncle, she is a participant in the Relay for Life as well run two half marathons to raise funds.
She is also an active volunteer for the Bridges outreach program which distributes food and clothes to homeless people in Newark and surrounding areas. She finds time to volunteer at the Pediatric Center at Overlook Medical Center comforting patients and families and co-chairs Overlook’s Jr. Foundation board, which is a group of high school students who learn about philanthropy and raise their own funds for hospitals of their choosing. Kathryn is also the 4-year class president, women’s choir president and peer leader at New Providence High School.
MADISON High School
Jess Schuszler will attend the University of Delaware School of Nursing in the fall. She volunteered at the Overlook Medical Center as a nurses’ aide. She is able to talk with patients and offer comfort as well as assist the nurses in gathering items necessary for them to continue working with their patients. I
As a peer leader in the Peer Group Connections, she works with freshman and supports them in transitioning into high school. She is also the co-director of the freshman orientation committee and member of the Key Club. Her favorite week of summer is acting as a counselor for Liquid Church Camp Rock in Morristown where she leads younger children in team building activities, games, and bible study discussions. Since freshman year, Jess received either Madison High's Gold or Silver Service award.
She wants to pursue nursing as a profession to help children like Brooke and her friend Timmy, who also lost his life to DIPG.
Mikala Quinn will be attending Saint Joseph’s University in the fall. She is inspired to volunteer for children with disabilities by her sister whom is affected by autism. For the past four years she has volunteered for Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP). She works as a swim instructor for special needs children. She has also volunteered at Camp Fatima, a week long sleepover camp for special needs children.
Other acts of volunteerism include lifeguarding, working with her church to build houses in Preston County, WV for struggling families, at Life Camp in Newark for underprivileged children as well as St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham as a retreat leader for the youth ministry.
Her sister, along with her many volunteer experiences, have inspired her to major in special education and autism studies in college.
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