ELIZABETH, NJ - Twenty deserving graduates from Elizabeth High School received a record total of $35,000 from The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth at a special meeting of the Rotary Club held today at the Garden Restaurant, Union. 

These “American Dream” scholarships will allow 20 students to attend such schools as Rutgers, University of Pennsylvania, Stevens Institute, Gettysburg College, George Washington University, NJIT, Saint Peter’s University and other institutions of higher learning.

Rotary officials said, over 75 applications were received and reviewed by the scholarship selection committee.  Applicants were evaluated on the basis of grade point average, extracurricular activities, civic involvement and financial need.  

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“We always get outstanding applications, but this year our students truly raised the bar,” explained Kenneth Richuso, member of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth and President of the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund.  “They are pursuing careers in such diverse fields as dentistry, pediatric, film, neurology, nursing, physics, chemical engineering, and psychology.  We are all very honored to help them pursue their goals.”

This year’s scholarship winners included: Kiara Abreu, Victoria Antunes, Maressa Bento, Alinet Done, Carolina Fernandes, Omar Husni, Asia Lewis, Briana Matos Esteves, Carolyn Moreira, Tyler Nichols, Ross Perez Collado, Cassiel Ramierz, Daniel Reguinho, Alyne Restrepo, Alexys Smith, Aniyah Smith, Joseph Torsiello, Zandra Trivino, Mary Ann Vargas and Yvonne Wiafe.

Established in 1986, the Davis Fund has given a total of $573,000 to 373 students.

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