Thanks to grants from PSEG, Investors Bank and NJM Insurance Company, the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Foundation will be providing more than $38,000 in college scholarships to 2016 New Jersey county vocational-technical high school graduates.
“Our schools and our students are very grateful to NJAC, our county officials and the New Jersey companies that sponsor these scholarships every year,” said Timothy McCorkell, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) and the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
“More than 70 percent of New Jersey county vocational-technical schools graduates go on to two- or four-year colleges or further technical training,” McCorkell said. “These scholarships are a great recognition of our students’ academic accomplishments and their focus on career-readiness, and the awards will help them continue their preparation for successful careers.”
Scholarship recipients are nominated by the county vocational-technical school districts and approved by the NJAC Foundation.
Students who will be attending public New Jersey state colleges, universities or county or community colleges are eligible for the scholarships. Other criteria include the student’s potential for success in college and the level of financial assistance he or she will need in order to pursue a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.
PSEG will provide one $850 scholarship in each of the 16 counties in which the company does business to a 2016 county vocational-technical school graduate who plans to major in environmental science, green design, green technology, alternative energy, or another related subject.
Investors Bank, which has branches in all 21 New Jersey counties, will provide two $500 scholarships in each county to 2016 vocational-technical school graduates.
NJM Insurance Company, which has offices in Atlantic, Mercer and Morris Counties, will provide one $1,750 scholarship in each of the three counties.
“We commend the these three companies for their continued commitment to the communities they serve, and we look forward to working with our county vocational-technical schools in selecting hard working students dedicated to advancing their education at home in New Jersey,” said retired Hudson County Surrogate Donald De Leo, the President of the NJAC Foundation.
Here are the NJAC news releases on the scholarships: