JEFFERSON, NJ - The Lake Hopatcong Foundation recently announced the winners of its 2018 scholarships: Nicholas Karpiak of Hopatcong Borough and Liam Fitzgerald of Jefferson. 

Each year, the Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships to local graduating seniors whose future studies have been shaped by their time on New Jersey’s largest lake.

A life-long lake resident and Eagle Scout, Lenape Valley High School's Karpiak has been accepted to the President’s Leadership Program at Christopher Newport University where he will be studying business with a specialized leadership studies minor. Karpiak’s childhood was filled lake sports, part-time work at a lakeside business as well as assisting with multiple community service projects. 

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“I have realized that working in my community gives me a sense of pride, and service will continue to be a life-long priority for me,” Karpiak said.

Fitzgerald, from Jefferson High School, will be studying accounting and finance at Susquehanna University this fall. He spent summers working at local businesses where he learned how a business can positively or negatively impact the environment. 

Fitzgerald became acutely aware, over his years working lakeside, of the efforts some businesses undertook to improve the lake as well as the environment around the lake. “As a future business owner… I am hopeful to have a business that doesn’t just maintain the status quo but works to improve the environment in which it operates,” he said. 

“The Foundation is honored to be able to support Nicholas and Liam in their educational endeavors. By investing in young people’s education, we feel we’re investing not only in our community but also in the future of Lake Hopatcong,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation Managing Director Holly Odgers.