ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce is doubling the amount of money it will offer as scholarships this year.

The organization did quite well with its 2016 fundraising efforts, which included the popular Taste of Roxbury event, said chamber president Linda Dora. The extra cash will go toward helping the academic careers of two worthy Roxbury residents, she said.

“There will be two $1,000 scholarships this year,” Dora said. “We usually have only one. Our fundraisers were successful last year and we have enough to do two scholarships.”

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The scholarships winners are chosen by the Chamber 1st Vice President Nick Wunner and Roxbury Township Manager Chris Raths, a Chamber member, said Dora. She said they make their choices based on the strength of application letters submitted by students.

Although the Chamber has no specific guidelines for those application letters, Dora said the winners tend to be student who stand out in terms of having dreams and goals such as “looking to better themselves, begin careers or go to college.

Last year’s winner, Jacqueline Ennis, was a Roxbury High School senior who was heading to Stanford University to study computer science. Although the official scholarship given to Ennis was $1,000, the Chamber threw in an extra $500 to help her buy textbooks, Dora said.

Other scholarship winners:

  • 2015 - Victoria Mobilio of Morris County School of Technology to attend Villanova University
  • 2015 - Natalia Pereira of Roxbury High School to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • 2014 - Natalie Wasek of Roxbury High School to attend St. Bonaventure University
  • 2013 - Jessica Gerlach of Roxbury High School to attend County College of Morris 

Note: TAPinto Roxbury is a member of the Chamber of Commerce