PATERSON, NJ - Four college bound Paterson high school seniors have been awarded scholarships of $1,000 each from the Educational Council of Passaic County.

“I want to extend my warm congratulations to our four college-bound seniors who were awarded scholarships from this esteemed countywide organization,” Shafer said. “These four soon-to-be high school graduates will soon be starting their college education. Having additional financial resources will surely help them along their journey.”

The four scholarship recipients are:

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  • Amina Issacs of International High School, who will attend Felician University to major in biology.
  • Ashane Brown of the Rosa L. Parks School of the Fine and Performing Arts, who will attend Albright College to major in accounting.
  • Phaezon Peak of the School of Education and Training at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, who will attend Berkeley College to major in graphic technology.
  • Gianfranco Romani of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, who will attend Rutgers University (New Brunswick) to major in computer science. 


The Educational Council of Passaic County is a non-profit organization consisting of the executive county superintendent of schools and the presidents and vice-presidents of educational organizations. 

One of the council’s goals is to ensure that all our students are given the opportunity to continue their education. Since the 1980’s the council has raised thousands of dollars and awarded hundreds of scholarships to high school seniors in Passaic County in aspiring to reach this goal.

The 2020 scholarships were made possible with the support Altice Business, North Jersey Newspapers (USA Today Network), North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Passaic County Association of School Business Officials and Passaic County Education Association and Passaic County Directors’ of Guidance Association

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