BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Woman’s Club has awarded scholarships to three Belmar high school seniors for their exemplary record of academic achievement, participation in school-related activities and volunteer work.

Receiving $1,000 gifts to support their college education are the following students:

  • Lara Graney is graduating from Communications High School in Wall with a grade point average (GPA) of 97. She will be attending the University of Michigan, majoring in film. At Communications High School, she was editor of the school newspaper and had various roles in its drama club, becoming director in her senior year. A member of the National Honor Society, Graney has been a teacher's aide in the summer school program at Belmar Elementary School for four years. She works at Esposito's Pizza and Pasta in Manasquan.
  • Erin McDermott just graduated from St. Rose High School, Belmar, with a 100.2 GPA. She will be majoring in biological engineering in the fall at Penn State University. At St. Rose, she co-founded the recycling and composting program which raises money for the school. McDermott also served as secretary of the National Honor Society, was a writer for the school newspaper and literary magazine, and played on the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. She works at Stay Gold Cafe in Belmar.
  • Catina Schneck will earn her high school diploma from Red Bank Regional, where she achieved a 96 GPA. She will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, where she will major in architectural engineering. At Red Bank Regional, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Technology National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. As a member of the Ocean Grove Crossroots Missionary Youth Group, she has traveled to Nashville and Chicago to help the less-fortunate. Schneck has performed with the Spring Lake Community Theater, the Ocean Grove Summer Theater and in various high school productions. She is employed by the Macaroon Shop in Avon-by-the-Sea.

For some 30 years, the Belmar Woman’s Club has been awarding scholarships to high school seniors living in Belmar who meet certain academic criteria, are involved in school and community activities and/or have work experience. They must also write an essay explaining the scholarship award’s importance to her or him, and are asked to provide information on colleges to which they have applied or been accepted, their planned college major and career goals.

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The club’s seven-member education committee, led by Rosemarie Papa, reviewed all applications, utilizing a “blind selection” process, where the identities of applicants remained unknown.

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