The 2017 NJREA Scholarship Committee, which included Committee Chair Jo Ann Horvath and NJREA members Cindy Braddock, Kathy Collins, Anne Flora, Jo Ann Horvath, Joan Jensen, Judy Perkins, Arlene Rogers, and Linda Young, announced two scholarship winners.
Toms River High School North graduate Samantha Gorlick is the recipient of the 2017 Fred E. Aug Community College Scholarship. Samantha is attending Ocean County College this fall and intends to become a chemistry teacher.
Community service is very important to Samantha. She has tutored area children, participated in the local “Adopt a Family” program, distributed Thanksgiving baskets to those in need, and collected for Toys for Tots, and joined the Toms River’s annual Christmas tree drive. Samantha also helps care for her disabled father, who suffers from a rare spinal cord injury.
In high school, Samantha was enrolled in the honors academic program in English, history, science, Spanish, and mathematics. Her other interests include playing the trumpet, photography, poetry, sewing, swimming and drawing.
New Egypt High School graduate Ryan Devine is NJREA’s 2017 Isabelle M. Hickman Four-Year Scholarship recipient. Ryan is attending Dickinson College and plans to major in engineering and business.
Ryan spearheaded “Play It Forward,” a program to collect and distribute gently used sports equipment to residents of New Jersey and New York who cannot afford it. After reading a 2016 article about homeless people in the Trenton area needing shoes, he initiated “Show Your Sole,” a shoe-collection drive that distributed over 600 pairs of new and gently worn shoes.
Ryan served as captain of the school’s varsity basketball team and treasurer of the Spanish club. He also participated in varsity track and field, student government, the student advisory board, the National Honor Society, the Environment Club, the Ski and Surf Club, the Interact Rotary Club, and the Fishing and Archery Club. He has also helped with cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House and volunteered for the Special Olympics.
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