WATCHUNG, NJ -  Watchung PBA Local 193 is excited to announce the launch of its new $2500 scholarship offering. The scholarship will be given to honor Officer Matthew J. Melchionda, a Watchung Police Officer that died in the line of duty on March 8, 2006. Watchung PBA President Sherif Zaiton stated, “We previously offered a joint scholarship with Watchung/Warren Rotary that was awarded to a recruit of the Somerset County Police Academy in memory of Matt. When the academy stopped offering the police recruit program a few years ago, that scholarship ended. Our members decided we wanted a way to give back to our local Watchung community, but to also continue to honor Matt’s legacy. As a result, Watchung PBA has launched a new scholarship this year that will be open to any high school senior that is a resident of Watchung.” Interested applicants can view the application and apply online at The scholarship is open to all high school seniors that reside in Watchung and will be attending any 2 or 4 undergraduate college in the United States.