ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School cross country and spring track star Maddy Bord and Union Catholic basketball's Janessa Mendoza were among the 364 student-athletes honored at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA)'s 25th annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Luncheon at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. The high school student-athletes received an overall total of $201,000 in college scholarships.
Under the scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member high school has the opportunity to choose one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year. Each selected student who attends the luncheon event is then awarded, at minimum, a $500 college scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments.
“This luncheon has developed into a time-honored tradition that provides us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of so many student-athletes,” says Larry White, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “We wish each of our scholarship recipients the best of luck as they embark on their future endeavors.”
In the past quarter century – since 1994 – NJSIAA has honored 7,700 New Jersey high school students and distributed more than $2.1 million in college scholarships through its scholar program. Here is a link to all of 364 winners' names organized by county.
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.