NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – April Doyle, a 2020 graduate of New Providence High School, was among the 9 recipients to receive a NJ Sharing Network Scholarship. She was presented the scholarship from the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund at the NJ Sharing Network's headquarters in New Providence during a private ceremony in the Landscape of Life Meditation Garden.

NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, has awarded scholarships to 9 high school graduates for their passion and dedication to raising awareness of organ and tissue donation. 

Doyle was moved to connect with NJ Sharing Network after the unexpected passing of her close childhood friend, Maddie, who donated tissue to restore the health of seven people. Doyle is the captain of the 5K Celebration of Life team, Miles for Maddie, in memory of Maddie, and she organized fundraisers and has spoken at community events as a certified volunteer for NJ Sharing Network. Doyle plans to attend Stockton University in the Fall.

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NJ Sharing Network’s scholarships are made possible thanks to several of the organization’s Foundation family and partner funds:

  • Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund – created to celebrate Missy Rodriguez’s life-saving liver transplant.
  • Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund – created in memory of Betsy Niles, a children’s book editor and lifelong Montclair resident whose organs were donated in 2011.
  • Hearts for Emma Partner Fund – created to celebrate Emma Rothman’s heart transplant and focused on supporting high school education and donation advocacy efforts.
  • The NJ Sharing Network Foundation presented additional scholarship awards focused on Newark residents to help raise awareness as there are currently 162 Newark residents waiting for a life-saving organ transplant - the highest in the state.

“We are delighted to provide scholarship support to April and all of the amazing students who have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to supporting our life-saving mission,” said Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “We know they will continue to be strong leaders in educating others about donation and transplantation as they move forward to begin college in the Fall.”

NJ Sharing Network’s scholarship program provides an opportunity to recognize and award graduating high school seniors whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Applicants were measured on academic achievement, community and volunteer efforts, extracurricular activities and advocacy for organ and tissue donation. The application process was completed in June, and applications were reviewed by a committee of NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board members and volunteers.

The 2020-2021 scholarship winners are:

  • Jessica Buron of Marlboro (2020 graduate of Middletown High School North)
  • April Doyle of New Providence (2020 graduate of New Providence High School)
  • Morgan Krempasky of Hillsborough (2020 graduate of Hillsborough High School)
  • Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell of Newark (2020 graduate of Newark Academy)
  • Kaiel Maynor of Newark (2020 graduate of Science Park High School)
  • Elexa Rogolsky of Morganville (2020 graduate of Marlboro High School)
  • Tiffany Rolon-Lucas of Woodbridge (2020 graduate of Colonia High School)
  • Emily Scranton of Manasquan (2020 graduate of Manasquan High School)
  • Sydney Shea of Skillman (2020 graduate of Montgomery High School)

For more information about NJ Sharing Network’s scholarship programs, please contact scholarship@njsharingnetwork.org.

About NJ Sharing Network

Dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation, NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for the nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents waiting for a life-saving transplant. With headquarters in New Providence, NJ, the organization, selected by NJBiz as one of the state’s “Best Places to Work” for the third consecutive year, is also part of the national recovery system, serving the nearly 115,000 people on the national waiting list. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit NJSharingNetwork.org.

About NJ Sharing Network Foundation

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. By making a contribution, you empower our efforts, bringing us a step closer to providing the greatest gift of all... the Gift of Life.

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