SOMERVILLE, NJ - Two Franklin residents who graduated from Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools received scholarships from Investors Bank.

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I congratulate Stephanie, Aamon, Abigail and Evelyn and wish them all the best in their college studies and beyond,” Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, of Franklin, said in news release. “And I want to thank the area businesses that are investing in these students’ futures by providing scholarship funds.”

Stephanie Melgar and Aamon Sparrow both recently graduated from SCVTS and will both benefit from scholarships from Investors Bank, according to a news release. 

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Meglar graduated with a 3.77 GPA and is described by officials as “an extraordinary person, both academically and personally” and as “an extremely intelligent and motivated young woman.”

Melgar held down a job for the last two years while helping out with her younger siblings. She is planning to study criminal justice at Raritan Valley Community College.

Sparrow studied graphic communications and plans to study sports medicine at Rider University in the fall. School officials say he was very involved in his school community, including the annual Proud to be an American Day, and also was on the school’s basketball team and yearbook committee. His teachers described him as “a dedicated, exploratory and helpful student.”

Abigail Podejko of Raritan will receive the PSEG scholarship, and Evelyn Hernandez-Jimenez of Bound Brook was selected to receive the SHI International scholarship.

All of the scholarships were administered through the NJAC Foundation , for county vocational school graduates who plan to continue their education at a New Jersey county or state college to study environmental science, green design, green technology, alternative energy, information technology or other related subjects.

Grants awarded by the NJAC Foundation included $21,000 from Investors Bank, $12,000 from PSEG and $5,000 from SHI International, for county vocational school graduates who plan to continue their education at a New Jersey county or state college to study environmental science, green design, green technology, alternative energy, information technology or other related subjects.

The foundation has distributed two $500 scholarship checks in each county where Investors Bank does business; one $850 scholarship check in each county where PSEG maintains a service territory or generation facility; and one $1,000 scholarship check each in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Monmouth and Somerset counties as determined by SHI International.

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