New Jersey Hall of Fame, NJEA renew scholarships challenging students to realize their best

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) together with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announces the renewal of the “Arête Scholarship” which each year grants a $5,000 scholarship to a male and a female New Jersey high school graduate. The recipients are recognized at the annual New Jersey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony. Scholarship applications are due on March 17, 2018.

The term “Arête” comes from Plato and refers to “the realization of one’s highest sense of self.” The scholarship is given to help a young man and women realize their own pathway to greatness. Applicants must demonstrate academic engagement, character and a commitment to their community.

2017 Arête scholarship winners Christina Batista and John Davern, both from Manchester Township High School in Manchester, NJ, were honored at this year’s Hall of Fame Red Carpet Induction Ceremony alongside the distinguished inductees.

Davern said, “I didn’t know what Arête meant until I started researching it and it really opened my eyes. To live with Arête is the knowledge that you can and will be successful – if you want to be successful; which is something I have followed my whole life. “

Christina Batista said she wasn’t familiar with the term Arête before applying for the scholarship, but found that it describes the essence of who she is. “The concept is something that has been passed down in my family from my grandparents to my parents to me. It means being a passionate, focused individual that works hard to achieve success, and I believe I exemplify those qualities,” she noted.

“We’re challenging young people to walk in the shoes of our inductees and realize their best,” explained Steven Edwards, President of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “We join with the NJEA to call upon high school superintendents, teachers and guidance counselors to pass this opportunity along to prospective 2018 graduates and encourage them to apply.”

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