County REAs award scholarships

Throughout the years, many of New Jersey’s public high school students have been the beneficiaries of scholarship awards presented by NJREA’s county retired associations (CREAs). Below are some of the winners who received scholarships for the 2020-21 school year.

Amanda DeFalco 
Katelyn Becker 
Madison DuBois 
Shelynel Alvarez







CCREA awarded four $750 scholarships. Millville High School graduate Karleigh McCafferty will attend Rowan University and Cumberland County Technical Education Center graduates Shelynel Alvarez and Amanda DeFalco plan to attend Rowan College of South Jersey. Fellow Cumberland County Technical Education Center graduate Katelyn Becker will attend Rutgers University in Camden this fall.


Three Mercer County graduates were recipients of the $1,000 Anna Diehl Scholarship from MCREA this spring. Caleb Co, a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, will attend Cornell University; Sabourin Roberts, a graduate of the Mercer County Technical Schools Stem Academy, will attend Stevens Institute of Technology; and Riley Murphy, a graduate of Hopewell Valley Regional High School, will attend the University of Scranton.


MCREA awarded twelve $2,000 scholarships for the 2020-21 school year. All recipients of the scholarships plan to study or are currently majors in the field of education. First-year recipients of this award include Anna Accumanno and Ashleigh Muth, both of Hanover Park High School, Caroline Berardo, Parsippany-Troy Hills High School, Katie Berger, Boonton High School, Arianna Granda, Morris Knolls Hills High School, Nicole Katwaty, Morris County School of Technology, and McKenzie Lynch, Mount Olive High School.

Second-year recipients include Courtney Graf, Shippensburg University, Savannah Jenks, St. Joseph’s University, Anna Lengner, Kutztown University, Arianna Lee, The College of New Jersey, and Avianna Miller, Drew University.


OCREA awarded three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study education this fall. Bryan Carlson and Ryan Gerber, both graduates of Central Regional High School, will attend Nova Southeastern University and Stockton University, respectively, while Toms River South High School graduate Dylan Nguyen will attend The College of New Jersey.


SCREA also awarded a future education major. Arthur P. Schalick High School graduate Madison DuBois was selected to receive the one-year SCREA Field-Henderson $1,000 scholarship. Madison plans to attend Rowan University this fall.

Some awards delayed

Because of COVID-19, many county REA scholarship committees were unable to meet and officially award their scholarships this spring and plan to do so this fall. If you don’t see your county listed here, be sure to check out your upcoming CREA newsletters for more information on future selection and award dates.

Wish to contribute to the NJREA Scholarship fund?

Please send your check payable to “NJREA Philanthropic Fund” along with your name, address and phone number to NJREA Philanthropic Fund, c/o Dianne Papadinec, NJREA Treasurer, PO Box 671, Turnersville, NJ 08012-0671.