Armstead Scholarship Fund Celebrates Over 10 Years Of Success

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LINDEN – More than 10 years ago, Fourth Ward Councilman Derek Armstead and his sister, school board member Lisa Ormon, founded the Armstead Scholarship Fund.

According to Armstead and Ormon, “The Armstead Scholarship Fund allows us the opportunity, not only to give back to the community but to indirectly tell the young people of Linden that we care and believe in their success.”

“We must continue to invest in education, hire the best teachers, implement research based curriculum and programs in order to instill a love of learning for education in our young people,” they said.

Past winners have included Ninth Ward Councilman Bob Frazier’s grandson and present Board of Education Member Dylan Frank. Each 2012 award recipient has received a $500 scholarship to the university of their choice.

According to Armstead and Ormon, “Without a quality education, not only do our young people have less access to job opportunities, but they have a higher reliance on public programs, such as welfare and Medicaid, and are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system. As concerned citizens, we must do our part to encourage, motivate and inspire our young people.”

“As our young people move on with their lives, they will encounter a lot of pressures from society,” Armstead said, “but they must keep in mind the words of Mbali Creazzo ‘Giving of any kind… taking an action… begins the process of change, and moves us to remember that we are part of a much greater universe.’”

Councilman Derek Armstead congratulates scholarship winner Douglass Molina, who will be attending Drew University.

Councilman Derek Armstead congratulates scholarship winner Justyna Kepa, who will be attending American University.

Councilman Derek Armstead congratulates Armstead Athletic Award winner Joshua Kent, who will be attending University of New Haven, Conn.

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