SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As the Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation continues to celebrate its "Golden Anniversary" (50th year), the organization invites all high school seniors and college students residing in Scotch Plains and Fanwood to apply for the many scholarships available through the Foundation. 

Some awards are need-based, while others have different criteria for selection, such as the intent to pursue an education focused on teaching, nursing, mathematics, veterinary science, foreign language, music or fine arts, among others. Scholarships are also offered to students who have shown an interest in social service organizations, Scouting or athletics. 

This year, the Foundation will honor founding member Lee Stein, as well as Joe Nagy and Eleanor Kramps, who have served for decades as Treasurer and President, by naming “Dollars for Students” scholarships in honor of their contributions to the Foundation.  Also this year the Foundation is proud to announce two new scholarships, the Lynn Payne Memorial Scholarship for students pursing a degree in social/human services with a strong commitment to community service and the Lina Suriano Memorial Scholarship for students pursing a degree in Italian or Foreign Language.  

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A full description of all scholarships is available in the application booklet, which can be accessed online at the Foundation’s website, www.spfscholarshipfoundation.org; at www.spfk12.org (see “2017 Local Scholarships Booklet” under “Announcements” on the school district’s home page) or in the guidance office of area high schools. The major criterion for eligibility is that the applicant resides in Scotch Plains or Fanwood; an applicant need not be a graduate of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.    

In addition to the application, the Foundation requires a personal letter from the applicant, a letter of reference, and an official high school transcript, including SAT and/or ACT scores, or an official college transcript. Please see the application booklet for details.  Applications should be mailed to Scotch Plains Fanwood Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 123, Fanwood, NJ 07023 and must be postmarked by February 15, 2017. Applications postmarked after this date will be returned. Incomplete or unsigned applications may not be considered. 

Over the past 50 years, 2,844 students have received $2,925,477 in scholarship aid, which is expected to exceed $3 million dollars this spring. Scholarships are funded through a community-wide appeal in the spring and through Dollars for Students, our annual house-to-house canvass, taking place April 22nd -- 23rd 2017. Other scholarships are administered by the Foundation, but are funded by other community organizations; for example, every Parent-Teacher Association in the district funds at least one scholarship.  Applications are reviewed by a Screening Committee consisting of four Trustees from the SPF Scholarship Foundation and PTA representatives from the public schools.

For further information, visit spfscholarshipfoundation.org, or call Mary Ball Cappio at 908-889-8155.