Two Township Students Among Four To Receive NJAC Foundation Scholarships

Two township students are among four Somerset County students receiving scholarships through the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation.

Stephanie Melgar and Aamon Sparrow are the 2019 Somerset County recipients of the Investors Bank scholarship, according to a press release from the Somerset County Freeholders.

Also receiving scholarships are Abigail Podejko of Raritan, who will receive the PSEG scholarship, and Evelyn Hernandez-Jimenez of Bound Brook, who will receive the SHI International scholarship. All four students are recent graduates of Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools.

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I congratulate Stephanie, Aamon, Abigail and Evelyn and wish them all the best in their college studies and beyond,” Freeholder Director Brian Levine said in the release. “And I want to thank the area businesses that are investing in these students’ futures by providing scholarship funds.”

Grants awarded by the NJAC Foundation included $21,000 from Investors Bank, $12,000 from PSEG and $5,000 from SHI International, for county vocational school graduates who plan to continue their education at a New Jersey county or state college to study environmental science, green design, green technology, alternative energy, information technology or other related subjects.

The foundation has distributed two $500 scholarship checks in each county where Investors Bank does business; one $850 scholarship check in each county where PSEG maintains a service territory or generation facility; and one $1,000 scholarship check each in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Monmouth and Somerset counties as determined by SHI International.

Stephanie Melgar graduated from the Vo-Tech High School with a 3.77 GPA. She is described as “an extraordinary person, both academically and personally” and as “an extremely intelligent and motivated young woman.” She held a job during her last two years of high school while helping at home with her younger siblings. She plans to study criminal justice at Raritan Valley Community College.

Aamon Sparrow, who was in the Graphic Communications program at the Vo-Tech High School, is described as “a dedicated, exploratory and helpful student.” In addition to his academic success, he was very involved in his school community, including the annual Proud to be an American Day, and also was on the school’s basketball team and yearbook committee. He plans to study sports medicine at Rider University.

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