ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School students who live in Mount Arlington might be eligible for a new scholarship created in memory of former Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur Ondish.
The Morris County League of Municipalities today announced the creation of the Arthur R. Ondish Memorial Scholarship, noting the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating high school senior starting in 2018. Ondish, 50, died last year.
The scholarship is financed by money raised by the league to honor Ondish, “who long served as mayor of the Lake Hopatcong border municipality, and who was a member and president of the County and State Leagues of Municipalities,” according to a statement.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:
• Live in Mount Arlington;
• Demonstrate a commitment to community service;
• Plan to attend a New Jersey college, university, or learning institution;
• Submit an essay on the subject: “What Local Government Means to Me.’’
“Art was a selfless public servant who always found time to help those in need, whether it was his town, his county, a family in need, or a neighborhood facing problems in his lake community,’’ said Randolph Councilman and current Morris County League of Municipalities President Allen Napoliello, in the statement.
Ondish was also praised by Morris County Freeholder Clerk of the Board and Morris County League of Municipalities Secretary Diane Ketchum. “Art cared deeply about everyone he met, and he was tireless in giving his time and energy as a leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of us,” she said. “He would be so proud to know that a scholarship in his name will help a young person living in Mount Arlington accomplish his or her academic goals.”
Born in Denville in 1965, Ondish was a lifelong resident of Mount Arlington “with roots dating to the 1930's when his grandparents built a summer home on Bertrand Island,” said the statement.
Ondish and his two brothers were raised nearby on Bertrand Island. He and his wife, Yvonne, lived on the island, in a different home, for about 25 years. “Art was involved in many different organizations locally and statewide,” said the statement. “He was a borough councilman for six years and then served as mayor for 13 years, overseeing many improvements in the borough.
More details about the scholarship, including the application deadline, will be revealed soon, said the statement.