CRANFORD – Allison Hughes of Cranford has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship for being named the James R. Leva Scholarship winner.

According to the release, the James R. Leva Scholarship Award is awarded to assist one New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) member company employee who is employed in New Jersey or a member of their family in pursuing their higher education goals at a New Jersey junior college, college or university. The scholarship is named in honor of James R. Leva, a former NJUA President from 1990-1991. Leva’s professional achievements serve as a model for those who seek to advance themselves professionally through continuing education.

Allison Hughes, of Cranford, NJ, is the daughter of Robert J. Hughes, a sales representative employed by Public Service Electric & Gas Co.

“Each year, we award scholarships to a handful of remarkable students and this year is no different,” said Jim Fakult, chairman of NJUA’s Board of Directors. “This year’s group of five recipients have shown significant achievement and their drive and determination towards accomplishing their goals is to be commended. Thanks to the generosity of NJUA member and associate member companies, we’re proud to be able to support our state’s future workforce by providing financial assistance to some of New Jersey’s most promising students.”