High school graduate DeAisha Johnson is NJREA’s 2020 Isabelle Hickman four-year scholarship recipient. A resident of Sicklerville, DeAisha is attending Princeton University this fall to pursue a computer science degree. DeAisha has a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and she shared her passion with young learners within her community. Using Legos, robots, and slime, she encouraged young learners to have fun with science. DeAisha has been recognized locally for her robotics team and has presented at Lockheed Martin, an aerospace company, as well as received a full scholarship to attend the FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit. DeAisha was also nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program, which recognizes students in career and technical education fields.
Angelica Chin of North Hunterdon High School is the recipient of the Elizabeth A. Allen four-year scholarship. Angelica is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for computer programming this fall. During her high school career, Angelica founded a chess club that inspired females to take interest in the male-dominated game. Angelica is one of the top-10 ranked female chess players in the nation. Her goal is to work toward gender equality. Chess is not Angelica’s only passion. She also has mastered the piano and oboe, plays tennis and belongs to the National Honor Societies for French, English, science and social studies. Through these clubs, Angelica has organized and participated in many community service projects, such as fundraisers, blood drives, writing letters to senior citizens and peer tutoring.
The Fred E. Aug two-year community college scholarship was awarded to Joseph Favato. Joseph graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School and is attending Ocean County College this fall to pursue a degree in nursing. Joseph’s was steered to this career path because of positive childhood experiences with the medical field. He has a passion for helping others. Joseph has actively worked with younger children with disabilities to play help they play soccer and become better runners. Joseph keeps busy with the marching band, jazz band and other musical clubs, as well as soccer, baseball and wrestling. Joseph has been active in community service, participating in events such as food donations, toy drives and beach sweeps. His latest pursuit is the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Squad, where he works as part of a team to strive for a common goal.
Montclair High School graduate Brian Hatchett is the first recipient of the Walter R. Krichling Jr. scholarship. Brian is pursuing a degree from Lincoln Tech to become an automotive technician. His dream is to open his own auto repair shop and expand his business across the nation. Brian’s first job involved working as a cashier, exercising his excellent math skills, before moving on to other side jobs, which helped him understand the value of team work, time management, effective communication skills and patience. Although he began to work hard at a young age, it has made him more grateful and strengthened his work ethic. Brian also helps his community by serving food to the homeless every Saturday, fulfilling his mission to help others.