Middlesex County Teens Receive $1,000 Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK—Five Middlesex County high school graduates have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships for academic excellence and community service.

Carolyn England of Middlesex, Matthew Kuchtyak of Monroe Township, Jennifer O’Donnell of Old Bridge resident, Neethu Putta, a Monmouth Junction resident, and Dhruvi Shah of Piscataway were among 225 recipients of TD Bank’s annual American Dream Scholarship program.

England, who graduated from Middlesex High School, plans to attend Rutgers University and major in history and anthropology.

England served as president of Middlesex High School’s Amnesty International club and Mock Trial team and was active in band, youth and government, and Model United Nations.

Kuchtyak, who graduated from Saint Joseph High School, plans to major in economics at Rutgers University.  Kuchtyak was active in the National Honor Society, was captain of the varsity golf team and math league, and edited the Falcon, his high school newspaper.

O’Donnell, who graduated from Old Bridge Public High School, plans to major in physics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

O’Donnell was salutatorian of the senior class and she was active in the National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, played varsity soccer, basketball, and track.

Putta, who graduated from South Brunswick High School, plans to attend Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and major in international relations.
Putta was active in Pha Alpha Theta, a history honors society, and received the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar award.

Shah, who graduated from Piscataway High School, plans to major in science at Rutgers University.  Throughout high school, Shah served as president of the Key Club and World Language Honor Society, and as treasurer of the National Honor Society.

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