ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – West Essex High School field hockey and softball’s Amanda Garofalo was recently one of 365 high school students to be recognized by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) at its annual scholar-athlete luncheon for their achievements. The NJSIAA awarded a total of $203,000 in college scholarships.
Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member school—nearly every high school in the state—has the opportunity to select one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year. Students who attend the luncheon event are then awarded, at minimum, a $500 college scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments.
“These student-athletes worked extremely hard in the classroom and in their respective sports to stand out from their peers,” said Steve Timko, NJSIAA executive director. “This luncheon is our way of applauding their efforts and wishing them well as they begin college.”
Since 1993, the NJSIAA has honored more than 7,000 New Jersey high school students and distributed in excess of $1.5 million in college scholarships through its scholar program.
Established in 1918, the NJSIAA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 435 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports.
Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.