Basking Ridge, NJ, March 7, 2016 - Somerset Hills YMCA offers four scholarship award opportunities that recognize deserving high school and college students in the community: the John Fanning Scholarship Award, the Tannenbaum Family Scholarship Award, the Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Award and the Chairman’s CIT Leadership Award. The application deadlines for all four scholarships is Saturday, April 30, 2016.

As a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Somerset Hills YMCA is proud to administer these scholarships, which honor and reward local students who exhibit leadership skills in academics, athletics and volunteerism.

Reflecting upon his 2015 John Fanning Scholarship, Tyler Beaudet of Basking Ridge recently said, “As I think back on all of my experiences at the Y—as a tutor, teen leader, fundraiser and camp counselor—it is very clear that the Y has given me something even more valuable than a scholarship; it has given me a strong support system, a clear set of values, and a true sense of self.” Beaudet is a freshman at Northeastern University who credits the Y with inspiring him to continue his involvement in community service through NU Serves and through Delta Tau Delta’s community service and philanthropy committees.

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The John Fanning Scholarship Award recognizes a high school senior from the Somerset Hills area who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and leadership in the community while pursuing excellence in academics. The award of $1,000, which must be used only for educational purposes, was established in memory of John Fanning to honor his spirit and qualities as a dedicated volunteer committed to strengthening the Y and the community. Fanning was a friend and past board chairman of Somerset Hills YMCA and, as a former Bernards Township Superintendent of Schools, was a passionate leader for higher learning.

The Tannenbaum Family Scholarship Award has been established to recognize a member of Somerset Hills YMCA who is a high school senior or matriculating college student seeking a career in sports. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a supervisor or member of the YMCA senior management team. The scholarship is a one-year, one-time award of $1,000 - $2,500 and funds are to be used only for educational purposes.

The Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Award is a need-based scholarship and recognizes a high school senior or a full time matriculating student from the Somerset Hills area in good standing and maintaining at least a 2.50 GPA each semester. This scholarship is a one year, one time award of $1,000 - $2,000.

The Chairman’s CIT Leadership Award has been established by the Chairman of Somerset Hills YMCA’s Board of Directors. This scholarship affords the opportunity for high school students to participate in Somerset Hills YMCA’s Counselor in Training summer program. Scholarships will be awarded to deserving students entering 9th or 10th grade in September 2016.

“Education provides a strong foundation for a bright future,” said David M. Carcieri, President and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “At Somerset Hills YMCA, we’re thrilled to offer these scholarships that reward young people for achieving academic success while encouraging them to pursue their passion and give back to their communities. When we invest in our students, we invest in building a better us.”

Scholarship applications can be found in the ‘About Us’ section of Somerset County YMCA’s website,www.somersetcountyymca.org. For more information, please contact Kelly Castro, Senior Campaign Director, at kcastro@somersetcountyymca.org or 908 766 7898 x100.