HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Bergen County Clerk's Office introduced a new program called "The Five Star Student Award."

Beginning this month, Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan will honor one student from Kindergarten through College every three months. An award will be distributed in March, June, September and December of 2019.

"These outstanding students will be rewarded for their exemplary achievements, receiving a $500 check along with a certificate from the John S. Hogan Foundation recognizing their accomplishments," said a statement from the Clerk's office. "Our goal is to reward students who continually strive to learn and better themselves within their communities in some unique fashion. We are interested in student volunteers who dedicate his/her time to helping others as well as student entrepreneurs who have developed a creative business model or product. Also recognized will be students who have overcome some form of adversity and have found a meaningful way to give back to their community."

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A spokesperson for the Clerk's Office told TAPinto that as of this date, their office has received 10 applications, with nine from area High Schools and one from a local Elementary School. They will announce the first quarter winner at the end of March.

"We ask that students submit their own stories, however younger students should seek assistance from parents and teachers. High School and college students are expected to submit on their own," said Mark Romano, Chief of Staff, County Clerk John S. Hogan. Romano said stories of overcoming adversity, and doing volunteer work that is not required for an academic or extracurricular activity. Romano stressed that students should submit a cover letter and can include multi-media such as videos or digital works they've created.

In addition to receiving a certificate, winning students will also receive $500 from the John S. Hogan Foundation. The Foundation has supported funding for the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected at Fairleigh Dickinson University, ongoing efforts at the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi and Hackensack, and several more local causes.

Students may submit applications for themselves or peers, to Mark Romano, Chief of Staff, County Clerk John S. Hogan, mromano@co.bergen.nj.us


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