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2020-2021 Scholarships

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

Program Experience

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.

The College Scholarship Program application is now available in the Common App. The application closes on October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone.

For more information, go to: 


59th Annual United States Senate Youth Program  

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce its participation in the 59th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the United States Senate and the Hearst Foundations. 

Principals of public or nonpublic schools in New Jersey may nominate one outstanding junior or senior to be considered for this highly competitive, merit-based program. Each year, two high school juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools are selected to participate in Washington Week and receive a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship provided by the Hearst Foundations. Washington Week, an intensive educational program, will be held virtually this year (March 14-18, 2021). During Washington Week, delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense, and directors of federal agencies and participate in question and answer sessions. 

USSYP is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their school and community and a strong commitment to public service. The type of student who thrives during Washington Week is one who is truly interested in government, history, politics, and leadership. The Hearst Foundations seek students who are confident and excel at public speaking, since Washington Week provides the opportunity to speak directly with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the country, including the President of the United States. Students who attend this program are encouraged to pursue coursework in history and political science, as well as careers in public service. 

To be eligible, students must be residents of New Jersey and currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in an approved student government, civic, or educational organization. Due to COVID-19, students who are unable to serve in qualifying leadership positions for the 2020-2021 academic year may use positions held the previous year (see Application Requirements). Students must confirm proof of citizenship or legal permanent resident status to participate in USSYP and must sign a Code of Conduct. Additional information about USSYP and its scholarship rules may be found on the USSYP website and in its 2021 USSYP brochure. Information about New Jersey’s selection process may be found on the NJDOE USSYP website.  

The application must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2020. The application packet includes the completed application form, the principal’s statement of assurance, two-page essay, resume, transcript, and a letter of recommendation from both the principal and the advisor of the leadership organization. A selection panel will choose two delegates and two alternates. Announcement of the two delegates who will represent New Jersey will be made by mid-February 2021. 

For more information go to : . If interested, please see your guidance counselor for a copy of the application packet.  If you have questions, please contact Beverly Plein, program administrator at  


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Student of the Year Campaign  

Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer.  The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raises the most funds during the competition. 

The candidate team that earns the title of Student(s) of the Year will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward higher education. First runner up will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Participating candidates are also eligible to apply for the Citizenship Award. 

Campaign dates for North Jersey are January 16-March 7. 

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


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest 

Contest Topic

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. 

To learn more about political courage, visit Contest Information and FAQs.


The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.


·         The contest deadline is January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST).

·         Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.

·         Essays must be the original work of the student.

·         John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.

·         Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Topic and Information and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.

·         Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given. 

·         Essays about the senators in Profiles in Courage will be disqualified.

·         Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Source Material

·         Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.

·         All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.

·         Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.

Contest Deadline

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2020. The contest deadline is January 15, 2021. 

Recognition and Awards

First-place: $10,000          

Second-place: $3,000         

Five Finalists: $1,000 each        

Eight Semi-finalists: $100 each


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



2021 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 7, 2021 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 5, 2021 to the enclosed address for scholarship consideration.


Maurice M. Williams Scholarship

·       Must be a resident of Somerset or Middlesex Counties of New Jersey

·       Must be an under-represented (minority) female or male

·       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) female or male

·       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

The Online Application Portal can be found at:


The mailing address for transcripts is:

ATTN: Mrs. Kimberly Racine

Scholarship Co-Chairman

109 Levgar St

Piscataway, NJ 08854


New Jersey 2021 Teen Media Contest

For the 26th year, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) invites pre-teens and teens across the state to participate in its Annual Teen Media Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, focusing on parental responsibility. The statewide contest is open to all New Jersey middle school and high school aged students.

Student entrants are asked to create and submit a piece of original work which complements the state's ongoing advertising and community outreach campaign. For 2021, we will be accepting entries in the following categories:

  • Hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork
  • Written word (essay, poetry, composition, etc.) 

The theme for 2021 encourages students to illustrate -- through art or the written word -- how you and your loved ones have supported each other through all of the changes that have happened in the previous year, from remote schooling to finding new ways to stay connected to friends and family.

This concept can be taken literally, abstractly, or be left to the imagination. Each and every person's story is unique.

The submissions deadline for the 2021 contest is March 31, 2021. An awards ceremony for the top three winners in each school-level for each entry category is scheduled for mid-May.

An emphasis is placed on the idea that while they may not live together under one roof – both parents are responsible for enriching the life and securing the future of their child. The DHS intends to use winning student entries to promote this public awareness campaign aimed at New Jersey’s non-custodial parents.


Evaluation Criteria & Judging

Members of the New Jersey Department of Human Services with representatives from various other organizations and/or corporations in the State will serve as judges for the Teen Media Contest. Judging of artwork and the written word will be based on the following criteria (in no specific order):

            • Theme Depiction

            • Overall Appearance

            • Originality

            • Design & Execution

Winning Entry Display

Artwork and written word entries from top winners will be displayed in the New Jersey Statehouse, as well as other potential venues. Winning entries, along with select honorable mention entries, will be included in the New Jersey Child Support Calendar.



This year, the prize packages will include American Express gift cards for winners in each grade range, in each creative category. The prizes are:

1st Place -- $225       2nd Place -- $175      3rd Place -- $125


For more information, go to: 



Justin McCarthy Award
The American Irish Association of Woodbridge

The Justin McCarthy Award will be given to a high school graduate of Irish descent residing in Woodbridge.

Requirements for Eligibility:

1. Award recipient must be a graduating member of the Class of 2021

2. Award recipient must be a resident of Woodbridge Township

3. Award recipient must be of Irish descent

4. Award recipient must have demonstrated outstanding community service, with preference given to community involvement in Irish affairs

5. Award recipient must submit a 300-word essay entitled My Irish Heritage

Please contact your guidance counselor if you are interested in applying for this scholarship. Applications must be submitted by the guidance office by Thursday, April 15, 2021.


 2021 NJCTS Youth Scholarship Award



The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders, Inc. (NJCTS) is proud to announce the 2021 scholarship awards to graduating New Jersey high school seniors diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. The top award is $1,000.00. A scholarship award recipient must:

  • Download/print out, complete and return the application form on pages 2, 3 and 4 of this document by April 16, 2021. Scanned and emailed applications will be accepted.
  • Be domiciled in the State of New Jersey
  • Be a high school senior in a private, public, or home school
  • Be planning to attend a college or trade school on a part-time or full-time basis in Fall 2021
  • Have a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome
  • Provide a record of grades from 9th grade to present (it can be an unofficial transcript).
  • Provide letters of recommendation from a member(s) of his/her school staff (such as teacher or guidance counselor), coaches (who have known you for four years or less) and/or community people who know you well (church or other community members), at least 1 letter is required.
  • Submit an essay of 1 to 2 pages, typed and double spaced, describing how Tourette Syndrome has played a part in your life. You may also submit media (pictures, video, music) displaying your talent(s). Please make it no more than 5 minutes in length.

The winners will be selected based upon academic achievement, community involvement and accomplishments as an individual living with this challenging and complex neurological disorder. The criteria and selection of the winners shall be in the sole discretion of the NJCTS scholarship committee.

Winners will be announced in May following a review of all applications by the NJCTS Youth Scholarship Committee and will be notified by mail. The winners also will be invited to an award reception as part of the TS Awareness day in June.


Winners will automatically become members in the NJCTS Scholarship Club. Recipients will have the opportunity to have their essay published on the Teens4TS blog; appear in local media publications on; and accompany a NJCTS representative to meetings with state and federal legislators.


The application deadline is April 16, 2021. 


For more information go to or contact: Kelley Teabo, NJCTS Project Coordinator at or 908-575-7350.



Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Union County NJ, Inc.

(A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation)


The following is the criteria for this scholarship – Please note the changes as a result of COVID- 19’s impact on the Friendly Son’s Fundraising:

  • Scholarship will be paid out in Fall 2021 for the 2nd Semester
  • Only one scholarship will be given out this year
  • Schools should 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 electronically by Friday April 30, 2021. Please note that due to COVID-19 no paper applications will be accepted.


If selected for an interview, candidates should anticipate the interviews taking place on Monday evening May 10, 2021 via Zoom. Applicants MUST be available for the interview on May 10, 2021 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.


If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please contact your guidance counselor to request a copy of the scholarship form. 



The New Jersey Electronic Life Safety Association (NJELSA)

Scholarship Award


The New Jersey Electronic Life Safety Association (NJELSA) is pleased to announce the availability of college scholarship awards to sons and daughters of active-duty police and fire personnel. This scholarship award is a small way for our industry to say thanks to our very dedicated public safety community and to help pay for an advanced education for deserving students.


The scholarship awards, in the amounts of $2,000 for first prize and $1,500 for second prize, are available to qualified high school seniors.


Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who meets the following qualifications: 

a. The student’s school must be located in the state where the parent is a full-time active employee OR within a 100-mile radius of where the parent is a full-time active employee. 


b. Parent must be a full-time paid member of the police or sheriff’s department or fire department. Parent/guardian may also be a volunteer member of a fire department. 


c. Parent or guardian must be an active duty police officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT (public sector). Children of administrative staff do not qualify. 


d. Children of DHS, FBI and other Federal employees do not qualify. 


e. Children of reserve officers, part-time sheriff’s deputies and retired, or deceased employees do not qualify.


Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”

The application deadline is April 30, 2021 (postmarked). For more information and/or to apply, go to: 


 Caldwell University 

$2,000 Alumni Connection Scholarship

Any student interested in applying to Caldwell University should contact the guidance office to receive an Alumni Connection fee waiver as well as a $2,000 Alumni Connection Scholarship.