ELIZABETH, NJ – Three recent graduates from the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS) were awarded scholarships by the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC).

High school graduates Lucas Jacomes, of Rahway, and Stella Armwood, of Summit, received their scholarships during the freeholder board meeting Thursday night. The third graduate, Aimmi Gonzales, was not present at the meeting to receive her scholarship.

“This is an extreme honor for me,” Armwood said. “Scholarship money is very important, so I would just really like to thank all of you guys.”

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Armwood was awarded the PSE&G Scholarship. Michael Coyle, a representative from PSE&G, presented the award. “Use it wisely, study hard, and make us proud,” Coyle said.

Freeholder Sergio Granados also commended Armwood.

“I spent literally not even 2 minutes talking to her, and within those two minutes I was able to see the reason why she is receiving the scholarship,” Granados said. “She continues to empower herself when it comes to education.” Starting this fall, Armwood will attend Rutgers and major in Geoscience Engineering, he said.

Meanwhile, both Jacomes and Gonzales were chosen to receive the Investors Bank Scholarship.

“This is certainly no scholarship to sneeze at,” Jacomes said. “I will use that to my advantage.”

Jacomes said he will attend Ramapo College of New Jersey beginning this fall and will major in Computer Science.

Investor Savings Vice President of Business Banking Carmen Rivera attended the meeting to present the scholarship alongside Freeholder Angela Garretson.

“We are very excited and we hope that you’ll be able to utilize this for your academic support,” Garretson said.

Union County Vocational Technical Schools Superintendent Gwen Ryan congratulated both students.

“I just want to reiterate how very proud we are of the students, and grateful for the opportunities,” Ryan said.

New Jersey Association of Counties Executive Director John Donnadio says the organization is committed to supporting students who attend county vocational-technical schools.

“The NJAC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is committed to providing financial assistance to county vocational-technical school graduates who are continuing their education right here in the great state of New Jersey,” Donnadio said.

The foundation has awarded over $250,000 in scholarship to nearly 300 county vocational-technical graduates since 2011, he added.