NJREA celebrates student success

Elizabeth Allen Four-Year Scholarship

Charles Devine is the recipient of the Elizabeth A. Allen Four Year College Scholarship. Devine’s grandparents were teachers, which he says influenced his work ethic and impulse to be of service. He was president of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity cross country team at Allentown High School. During his four at Allentown, Devine was president of the Plumsted Youth for Nature and Environmental Club. He now studies computer and information science at the University of Notre Dame. Through information technology, he hopes to do his part to improve social justice and solve environmental conflicts.

Fred Aug Two-Year Scholarship

Gabrielle Mavrin is the recipient of the Fred Aug Two-Year Scholarship. For as long as she can remember, Mavrin has been interested in brain development and psychology. At Pennsville Memorial High School, Mavrin participated in Jumpstart, a partnership with Salem Community College that enabled her to complete coursework in the Licensed Practicing Nursing program at the college while attending high school. At Pennsville, Mavrin was an active tennis player and honor roll student. Her skills in leadership and problem solving earned the respect of Mavin’s peers. Beyond Salem County Community College, she plans to attend Rowan or Rutgers to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

Isabelle Hickman Four-Year Scholarship

Gabriella Bravo is the recipient of the Isabelle Hickman Four-Year Scholarship. She is a National Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, and now studies biology at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering, Bravo was known for her hard work, commitment and focus. She was active in the Spanish National Honor Society and the Health Occupations Students of America. She plans on using her degree to create better access to health care in Hispanic and Black communities. Witnessing firsthand the impact of poverty on access to quality health care, Bravo sees a degree in biology as her first step into a career in medicine and her opportunity to diminish injustice.

Walter Krichling Vocational/Technical/Career Scholarship

Scott Brindley is the recipient of the Walter Krichling Vocational/Technical/Career Scholarship. Brindley graduated from Ocean County Vocational Technical High School’s Marine Service Technology Program and Southern Regional High School, where he was active on the track and cross-country teams. He has also participated in many community service projects, both as a Boy Scout and as an honor roll student. For his Eagle Scout Project, Brindley built recycling cans from monofilament for Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Monofilament, the line used in fishing, can tangle and trap birds, fish and other shore animals. Brindley now studies marine technology and mechanics at the New England Institute of Technology. Brindley hopes to one day open a marina where he can harbor, operate, and repair boats and their engines.