Somerset County Students Receive NJAC Scholarships
Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine has announced that four Somerset County students will receive scholarships through the NJAC Foundation.
Stephanie Melgar and Aamon Sparrow, both of Franklin Township, are the 2019 Somerset County recipients of the Investors Bank scholarship; Abigail Podejko of Raritan will receive the PSEG scholarship; and Evelyn Hernandez-Jimenez of Bound Brook was selected to receive the SHI International scholarship. All 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 Levine said. “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.
Abigail Podejko, who was in the Agricultural Science program at Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools, was commended as “a leader and role model” and an exemplary agricultural science student who also excelled in all her academic courses. She also served as a community leader – as a student ambassador and president of the National Technical Honor Society. She plans to study agribusiness at County College of Morris.
Evelyn Hernandez-Jimenez was recognized as the CTE Stellar Student in Integrated Technology Systems in both her freshman and senior years at the Vo-Tech High School. She is described by her instructor as “very intelligent and not afraid to take on a challenge.” She maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.66. She plans on pursuing an associate of science degree in information systems and technology at Raritan Valley Community College.