New Brunswick Elks Announces Scholarship Winners

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NEW BRUNSWICK — New Brunswick Elks Lodge 324 recently awarded $5,500 in scholarships to eight high school seniors who were chosen for their academic excellence, good character, and their ability to exemplify leadership, community service and volunteerism.

The recipients received their awards at the Elks Lodge in New Brunswick on June 14 during a ceremony commemorating Flag Day.

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Six of the students were recognized as winners of the ‘’Most Valuable Student Scholarships of 2010’’ and two others were awarded ‘’Legacy Scholarships’’ as the offspring of members of the New Brunswick Elks, a charitable community organization dedicated to helping veterans and children with disabilities.

Students who received $1,000 each in the ‘’Most Valuable Student Scholarships’’ category were Danielle Garback, a North Brunswick Township High School senior who will be attending Villanova University, and Richard Ebright, also a North Brunswick Township High School senior who will be attending Harvard University.

‘’Most Valuable Student Scholarships’’ of $500 each were awarded to Gwendolyn Stoldt, a Mother Seton Regional High School senior who will be attending Hillsdale College in Michigan, and Bryan Gaeta, a North Brunswick Township High School senior who will be heading to Boston College.

Third prize scholarships of $250 each were awarded to Corneisha Rodgers, a New Brunswick High School senior who will be attending Winston-Salem College in North Carolina, and Shawn Ahmed Chaustra, a North Brunswick Township High School senior who will be attending Rutgers University.

In addition, ‘’Legacy Scholarships’’ of $1,000 each were awarded to Sara Dominguez, the granddaughter of Elks lifetime member Daniel Morris of Milltown, and to Kaitlin Macknowski, the granddaughter of Elks lifetime member William Conway, the retired chief of the New Brunswick Police Department.

Dominguez will be attending Brown University, and Macknowski will be a student at Montclair State University.

The New Brunswick Elks awarded the scholarships after raising funds though a successful golf outing that was run by North Brunswick Councilwoman Catherine Nicola, who serves as the scholarship committee chairperson for the New Brunswick Elks.

The New Brunswick Elks Lodge awarded a total of $5,500 in scholarships to eight students this week.


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