SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Nicholas Stone and Jenni Zakarin, residents of Fanwood and June graduates of Scotch Plains- Fanwood High School, were recently awarded Grausso/Bendel Memorial Scholarships from the Scotch Plains Lions Club.

The scholarship, in memory of two former leaders of the Scotch Plains Lions Club Norm Bendel and Tony Grausso, is awarded to a Scotch Plains Fanwood High School seniors. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated involvement in community service especially those causes dedicated to the blind and visually impaired.  

Both Stone and Zakarin were honor students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 
and both were involved in many community service activities. Stone's activities include coaching baseball for special needs children, working with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation and Halloween  for Hunger, feeding the homeless, and volunteering at the Home for Hope Hospice. He has also collected eyeglasses for the Lions Glasses Recycling program. In the Fall, Stone will attend Stockton University where he will study Physics/Engineering and Business/Finance.

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Zakarini is also very active in the community. She has volunteered in the JCC’s aftercare program, and is active in Relay for Life, Teen Service Action Corporation, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Environmental Club and the Education Club. In the fall, she will attend the University of Rochester in a 5-year (BS/MS) program in early childhood and special education.
 
The Lions Clubs are the World’s largest and most active service organizations. They have more than 1.4 million members active in more than 43,000 Lions clubs around the world.  They are dedicated to meeting a variety of  their community’s needs with the association’s major service initiative being serving the blind and visually impaired. For more information about the Scotch Plains Lions Club or to attend a meeting, call the club’s president Barbara Anilo at 908-322-4472.