MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY -  Monk’s Home Improvements celebrated five exceptional young people during a reception honoring the recipients of the Monk’s Service Scholarship. The intrepid award winners have tackled problems in their communities with a determination and focus that is inspiring. 

Areej Qadeer, of Bridgewater, was among the recipients who each received a $2,000 scholarship. As a result of her weekly tutoring sessions with refugees, Qadeer founded TeachRefugee. This nationally recognized volunteer organization provides free, online tutoring in core academic areas to school-age refugees in New Jersey. Areej’s responsibilities include recruiting Arabic speaking tutors and connecting them with refugees, as well as leading the development of custom tutoring programs. 

Additionally, Qadeer founded a chapter of Amnesty International at BRHS. Here, she heads up local and international fundraisers and human rights campaigns. 

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Qadeer plans to pursue a degree in Public Health while attending Barnard College of Columbia University. 

Owner of Monk’s Home Improvements, Ty Monk, recognized Qadeer and the other four winners who, “are not satisfied with just putting a band-aid on a problem, but are working on sustainable, long-term solutions to current issues.” He continues, “They are committed to continuing their programs and service work into college and beyond.” 

The is the sixth year of the Monk’s Service Scholarship. Over 150 applications were received from students from schools across northern New Jersey. Winners were selected based on their essay response detailing their service and volunteer work. To learn more about all five scholarship recipients, please visit

Monk’s Home Improvements is a full-service remodeling and home improvement company with kitchen and bath showrooms in both Morristown and Fanwood New Jersey. Monk’s provides kitchen and bathroom design services, remodeling, carpentry, painting, floors, windows, and doors. For more information, please visit