(Editor’s Note: Victoria Kisling is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.)

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - With the cost of college rapidly rising each year, students, including those at North Plainfield High School (NPHS), often seek scholarships to reduce financial stress and lessen out-of-pocket costs and loans.

This year, the North Plainfield Scholarship Clearinghouse Committee, comprised of many groups offering financial assistance to students in North Plainfield High School, awarded 32 different scholarships totaling $60,000 to members of the Class of 2017. Additionally, many other scholarships were awarded from various community groups, organizations, and alumni. In total, close to $1.2 million in scholarships will be awarded to North Plainfield’s Class of 2017.

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Scholarship recipients were recognized at the May 25 Senior Awards Night, which took place at the River View Banquet Center in Berkeley Heights. “Tonight is such a special event,” said North Plainfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. James McLaughlin, welcoming attendees to the awards dinner. “Tonight, we celebrate the community we have here in North Plainfield...It is a chance to celebrate achievements and celebrate those who support those achievements.”

“Scholarships were a hassle for me and were very vigorous, however the outcome couldn’t have been better,” said NPHS senior Ka-Ron Dock, who received the Cheryl Thompson-Veazie Memorial Scholarship, the Liza DelNegro Memorial Scholarship, and the North Plainfield Parks and Recreation Commission Scholarship, and will attend Rutgers University at Newark in the fall. “The long process of completing them paid off at the end for me.”

NPHS’ Class of 2017 Valedictorian Yanqing Liang, who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall, added “During my application process, I was nervous because I wasn't sure if I would stand out as a strong candidate but being chosen for multiple scholarships boosted my self confidence.”

Liang received a handful of scholarships, including the Bernard Drier Community Service Scholarship, the Emily Thompson Memorial Scholarship, the Marjorie and Frank Mundy Memorial Scholarship, the North Plainfield Alumni Association Scholarship, the North Plainfield Lion’s Club Scholarship: Lion’s Club Memorial Scholarship, and the Rotary Club and Plainfield and North Plainfield Scholarship: F.S. Mathewson Memorial Scholarship. “I feel honored to be the recipient of such amazing scholarships that will help me pursue a higher education.”

NPHS senior Amaiana Sajjad, who received the TAPinto North Plainfield Scholarship and will attend Rutgers University at Newark in the fall, added, “It’s an honor to receive a scholarship at the end of these four hard working years of academic life.” 

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