Randolph, NJ — As part of the celebration of its tenth-year anniversary, the Randolph Education Foundation (REF) partners with Douglas Electrical Components, the Fusco Family, and Paradise Total Spa & Nail, to award $13,000 in scholarships to eight graduating seniors in the Randolph High School.
“We are thrilled to expand our scholarship program as part of our ten years celebration,” said Paola Heincke, REF President-Elect. “Each year we provide scholarships to two graduating seniors, and this year we have the opportunity to touch the lives of six additional students. This is a terrific accomplishment that would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and the strong pool of candidates who apply for the scholarships.”
The scholarships were awarded in three different categories:
The REF Douglas Electrical Components Scholarship, for students pursuing a degree in engineering at a 4-year college or university, was awarded to Anthony Sofia. This scholarship was made possible through a $5,000 donation from Ed Douglas, President of Douglas Electrical Components.
“We are very happy to support Anthony in his pursue of an engineering degree,” said Douglas. “He is a young man with remarkable qualifications.”
The REF Fusco Family Health Care Scholarships, for students who are pursuing a degree in a health-related field, were awarded to Kaitlyn Attinello, Maddie DiFusco, Rachel Hunter, Jenna Olsakowski, and Morgan Yurchuk. The $5,000 to fund these scholarships were donated by Dr. Anthony Fusco and his family.
“We are very impressed with the record of these scholarship recipients,” said Fusco. “The health fields they are going into will benefit tremendously from their contributions.”
The 2019 Randolph Education Foundation Scholarships, for high school seniors who are in the first generation of their family to pursue post-secondary education, were awarded to Ashley Johnson and Janny López Valle. These scholarships were partially funded with a $2,000 donation from Ann Park, of Paradise Total Spa & Nail.
“Going to college makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Park. “We are happy to support Ashley and Janny as they become first generation scholars.”
Heincke, Fusco, and Chris Rempel, a representative of Douglas Electrical Components, presented the awards to the scholarship recipients on Tuesday, June 11, during the Class of 2019 Scholarship Night at the Randolph High School.
About the donors:
Douglas Electrical Components is a manufacturer of engineered products located in Randolph, N.J. The company is a strong supporter of local STEM activities and students in pursuit of STEM degrees. Since 2014, it has donated over $175,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors from Dover High School who pursue careers in engineering. Five candidates have been beneficiaries of this program, receiving approximately $15,000 per year in support. The company also provided financial support for the Dover High School BOTBALL team from 2012 and 2014, and over the years, has been an incredible supporter of the REF and the Randolph Rocks 5K.
Anthony Fusco, D.M.D., is a Randolph resident who has a dental practice in town, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Randolph. He is very active in the community: serves as member of the REF board; volunteers at St. Matthew’s Parish, where he teaches classes and participates in youth group service projects; and is also involved with the Randolph recreation sports. Dr. Fusco has been a longtime supporter of the REF and the Randolph Rocks 5K, and has contributed generously to the Next Practices Grants and Second Pair Programs. He and his wife, Lisa, have 3 children who attend Randolph schools.
Paradise Total Spa & Nail, with locations in Randolph and Morris Plains, offers nail and spa services. It provides multiple donations year-round to activities in the schools, arts and sports in Randolph. In recent years, Paradise Total Spa & Nail has become a trusted supporter of the REF Scholarship Program with an annual donation that allowed the REF to expand the program from one to two scholarships per year.
The mission of the Randolph Education Foundation is to harness the power of our community to create opportunities that inspire teachers to innovate and enable students to thrive. Randolph Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable trust that provides alternative funding to support education and innovation in Randolph Township Schools. Launched in 2009, the REF relies on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. These donations are directly applied to vital educational programming for Randolph children.