The Bayonne Historical Society is honored to announce Francesco Megale as 

the 2017 recipient of the Leadership in Community Service Scholarship 

Commemorating Women and Men of Achievement in Bayonne.  

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A scholarship in the amount of $500.00 will be paid directly to Francesco’s 

school account.  Funding for the scholarship has been donated by Mrs. Marie 

Komar in memory of her daughter, Marie Elena Komar. In the fall, Francesco, a 

graduating senior from Bayonne High School has been accepted in the New 

Jersey City University Honors Business Program.


According to the Bayonne Historical Society Scholarship Chair, Joan Hajducsek 


Rosen, scholarship candidates must demonstrate leadership through 


contribution to the Bayonne Community.  Francesco certainly fits this profile.  He


possesses many outstanding attributes.  Through dedication to his church, 


Francesco plays the guitar for services, volunteers to mentor younger students, 


and, during the holidays he visits hospitals and entertains the sick and performs 


at homeless shelters.  In addition he volunteers at a local soup kitchen and each 


year he donates his time for Operation Christmas Child where boxed donations 


are sent to children in poor areas around the world.  The Youth Rally at 16th 


Street Park finds Francesco reaching out to teenagers to assist them in making 


good life choices. He volunteers his time each summer for camp and tutors math 


and teaches guitar lessons. Francesco makes a positive representation to the 


Bayonne community as a citizen who takes pride in giving back to others.  



At Bayonne High School, Francesco is an honors student, President of the 


Christian Club, and a member of the award winning, BHS Guitar Ensemble.  As 


an athlete, Francesco is a member of the BHS Varsity soccer team, with 


recognition as outstanding goalie.  


Francesco will be honored on June 10 at the Bayonne Historical Society 

Luncheon at 12:00 noon at the Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway at 54th 

Street.   The Scholarship Committee and Mrs. Marie Komar will make a 

presentation to Francesco.


Past scholarship award winners have been Kassie Doherty from 


Bayonne High School in 2010, Margaret Ryan from Holy Family Academy in 


2011,Samantha Hitchell from Bayonne High School in 2012, Caroline Gonzalez 


in 2013 from Holy Family Academy, Vincent Neil of Bayonne High School in 


2014, in 2015 Nicole Metro from St. Dominic Academy, and in 2016 Olivia Boules 


from Bayonne High School  For next year’s scholarship information , please refer 


to the high school guidance offices.


Woman of Achievement 2017, Mrs. Jean Perrucci, cited for her community 

service, and Mr. Pepe Morreale, the 2017 Man of Achievement, recognized for a 

lifetime of musical performance,will also be honored at the luncheon. 


The price for the luncheon is $35.00.  Anyone interested in attending the 

luncheon should contact Mrs. Marie Komar, 201 437 1417.  Checks made out to 

the Bayonne Historical Society can be mailed to:  Bayonne Historical Society 

Luncheon, P.O. Box 3034, Bayonne, New Jersey   07002.


The society is happy to welcome anyone who would like to become a member of 


the Bayonne Historical Society as the group continues its 27th


year of service to the community.  For more information about the Bayonne 


Historical Society and its projects, visit the Web site at or phone President Meryl Robin at 


201 339-3338.