Published on June 15, 2023
Students Honored at Morris County Vocational School District Awards Ceremony
The Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) held an Awards Recognition Ceremony honoring the achievements of its students, faculty and staff, where students were presented scholarships for all their hard work and success.
MCVSD Superintendent Scott Moffit opened the ceremony before inviting Morris County Director John Krickus, New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Executive Director John Donnadio and MCVSD Board of Education President Barbara Dawson to present the first round of scholarships awarded annually by the NJAC Foundation.
“These are all outstanding students being honored for academic excellence and community involvement. The NJAC Foundation has been awarding these scholarships for many years to county vocational-technical school graduates throughout the state, supporting students’ educational and career goals they have set out to achieve by advancing themselves through college,” stated Director Krickus.
The 2023 NJAC scholarship recipients included seven students: Christian Barnard of Denville, Anna Dziedzic of Butler, Ava Winget of Mine Hill, Alexander Neuhaus of Lincoln Park, Jessica Campos of Dover, Sophia Lewis of Riverdale and Mason Rabtzow of Lake Hopatcong. All students were recent graduates of MCVSD.
The scholarships were made possible through donations from AT&T, PSE&G, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, Amazon, Investors Bank and SHI International Corporation.
Investors Bank, a Division of Citizens Bank N.A., awarded a grant of $21,000 to the NJAC Foundation for scholarships to county vocational-technical school graduates who will pursue higher education at a county college or state college or university in New Jersey. Two students from each of NJ’s 21 counties received $500 scholarships.
Amazon doubled its grant award in 2023 to $21,000 to the NJAC Foundation for scholarships to county vocational-technical school graduates who plan on continuing their education in New Jersey at a county college or state college or university. The Foundation awarded one scholarship of $1,000 in all 21 counties.
PSEG awarded the foundation a $12,000 grant for county vocational-technical 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 or related subjects. Scholarships for $900 were awarded in each county where PSEG maintains a service territory or generation facility.
AT&T provided a grant of $10,500 to the NJAC Foundation for scholarships to county vocational-technical school graduates who plan on continuing their education in New Jersey at a county college. All award recipients must plan on pursuing their certificate or degree in cybersecurity, computer information systems, data analytics, databased management, computer science or a related field of study. The foundation awarded scholarships of $500 to students in all 21 counties.
SHI International Corporation awarded NJAC $10,500 for county vocational-technical school graduates who will pursue degrees in technology or cyber security at a county or state college or university in New Jersey. Scholarships of $500 were awarded in all 21 counties by NJAC.
NJM Insurance Group presented NJAC with a check for $5,250 for three $1,750 scholarships, which were awarded to a student in each county where the company has headquarters – Morris, Mercer and Atlantic.
The NJAC Foundation is a non-profit organization affiliated with the New Jersey Association of Counties that is committed to providing innovative educational opportunities to county vocational-technical school and county college students. For more information on the foundation, visit the NJAC website: njac.org.
Morris County Vocational School District offers a wide range of career and technical education programs that range from auto service and construction trades to healthcare sciences, global commerce, performing arts and cybersecurity. The high school offers full-time academies and share-time programs on its Denville campus, and through collaboration with local school districts and the County College of Morris (CCM), also has offerings at off-site satellite locations. To learn more about MCVSD, visit mcvts.org.
Photo: (l-r) MCVSD Board of Education President Barbara Dawson, MCVSD student Christian Barnard, AT&T Regional Director Arvind Swamy, NJAC Executive Director John Donnadio and Commissioner Director John Krickus.