MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School senior Karen Quillay has been awarded the Judy and Eliot Steinberg Scholarship, announced school officials. The scholarship is a life altering opportunity for Quillay as it will allow her to attend four years of college at the College of New Jersey at no cost to her or her family.
This year, 16 Morristown High School seniors applied for the scholarship, which is awarded through the Morris Educational Foundation and established by the Steinberg's children in memory of their parents, Judy and Eliot. The Steinberg's children Robert (class of 1969), Julian (class of 1973), Kerry, Andy (class of 1975) and Sue Steinberg have pledged $1 million to the Morris Educational Foundation to provide for the college education of 10 or more Morristown High School (MHS) students so they can graduate with minimal or no debt.
"They paid for our college educations and were fantastic role models,” said Julian Steinberg, of his parents. “We are proud to carry on their tradition and help ten or more worthy high school students attend college without incurring significant debt.
The scholarship is awarded to qualified student(s) who require financial assistance in order to pursue careers in STEM, business, education or medicine. The student must attend a New Jersey public institution for higher education. The student recipient is selected by the Morris Educational Foundation’s Steinberg Scholarship Committee and the Steinberg Family.
"I think this is one of the most amazing examples of how the MHS community comes together to support our students", said Mark Manning, principal of Morristown High School. "The generosity of the Steinberg family has created a life-changing opportunity for Karen, and I can't think of a more deserving student. Not to sound trite - but the African proverb "it takes a village to raise a child" is truly realized in this incredible example of paying it forward"
Quillay is the third recipient of the scholarship and plans to study biology in college. She stated that she is truly thankful for the support the Steinberg family has shown towards her and plans on going into the medical field in the future. Manning thanked the Steinberg family and the MEF for making Karen's dream a reality. Quillay stated she felt extremely emotional after receiving the scholarship.
"Throughout the day I kept pinching myself because I couldn't believe this was happening to me", she said. "It really felt like a dream. At first, I was shaking and crying and so thankful for the Steinberg family for giving me this support that I really needed.
"Receiving this scholarship has given me this relief to study in the college that I want and what I want to study without worrying how to pay for it", Quillay said. "This helped my parents and me greatly financially. Now I can go to the college that I truly love and wished to go to which is TCNJ".
After receiving the scholarship, she is motivated even more to reach her goals and pursue her passions and hopes to make the Steinberg family proud.
“We are honored to work with the Steinberg family and administer this scholarship on behalf of our community and in honor of Judy and Eliot Steinberg who were true champions of education for the Morris School District", said Debbie Sontupe, Executive Director of the Morris Educational Foundation. "Philanthropic giving plays a critical role in advancing the work that we do here at the Morris Educational Foundation. The generosity of loyal alumni like the Steinbergs is humbling."