NEWTON, NJ - At their recent membership meeting, PBA Local #105 awarded $1.000.00 scholarships to 10 high school seniors, all children of their member officers serving in correctional institutions in New Jersey.  PBA Local #105 represents over 7,000 state corrections, juvenile justice and parole officers. Recipients included Leah Michelle Glennon of Newton, a Newton High School graduate.

The scholarships were based on an essay contest. Participants completing a required application submitted an essay describing in their own words their reason(s) for attending college and a description of their future goals.

“The greatest satisfaction I get is working with my members to enrich the lives of our young people in the community, “ said Lance Lopez Sr., President of PBA Local #105. “We are proud of the accomplishments of our members and their children and look forward to the contributions these young scholarship recipients will make to our communities as our future generation of leaders.”

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Eligible applicants had to be children of PBA Local #105 members who are active at the time of application, retired in good standing, or are children of PBA Local #105 members that died while on the active duty rolls. Candidates also needed to have been accepted as freshmen at an accredited junior college, four (4) year college or university.

Here is a list of scholarship recipients with their high schools and, if noted, college selections:

Nicole Devol, Cedarville – Millville Senior High School; Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Sydney Coons, Brick - Performing Arts Academy;

Leah Michelle Glennon, Newton- Newton High School;  

Kion Glover, Mt. Holly – Rancocas Valley Regional High School;

Kevin Glinsky, Rahway – Rahway High School;

Kayla O’Neal, S. Plainfield – South Plainfield High School; Spelman College

Julien Broomfield, Union – Newark Collegiate Academy;

Gabriela McKeown, Cape May –Lower Cape May Regional High School; Temple University

Eboni Pearce, Union – Roselle Catholic High School;

Clay Dobson, Millville – Millville Senior High School; University of Mount Union