PATERSON, NJ - Members of the high school Class of 2020 through Passaic County will have a chance to win a $500 scholarship, and gain valuable insight for their future careers through a “Leadership Workshop” hosted by area non-profit Pay It Forward For Youth (PIFFY). The virtual event is free and will be held on Sunday, July 26, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Led by Mike A. Williams, an IT and business executive who has helped many Fortune 500 companies revamp their company, the goal of the youth workshop is to engage the graduates in conversation about their future and guide them in the right direction. 

To win one of the three scholarships being offered, graduated seniors must register, submit three words that describe who they are, along with one paragraph that describes their objectives after finishing college or a post graduate program and why those are their objectives. Registrations and entries can be submitted by clicking here and must be completed by Thursday, July 23. 

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The drawing for the scholarship winners will be held during PIFFY's Virtual Award Ceremony on August 2nd. The winner does not have to attend the drawing. 

PIFFY’s founder, Bridget Arrick, created the nonprofit organization out of her continued love and desire to be a community servant, and to acknowledge youth, youth-service organizations, as well as youth leaders who demonstrate outstanding service and achievements in the areas of: Education, Leadership, Performing Arts, Sports, Second Chance, and Community Service. 

PIFFY stands out because it not only helps youth, it also applauds the successes of the youth in Passaic County who have demonstrated their very best. PIFFY’s goal is to excite ambitious youth by acknowledging their value within the communities. 

Additionally, PIFFY acknowledges the young adult that has beaten the odds, or those that Arrick describes as “those counted out by society as the high school dropout but have gone above and beyond to defy the nay-sayers and obtained their GED and beyond.” 

To date, PIFFY-Award Organization has recognized over 50 youth, adults and youth organizations and has helped to award over $3,000 in scholarship money. 

PIFFY can be contacted by email: and Facebook


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