SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Michael Mahaffey was honored on Wednesday morning with the Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship award.

The scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Hammeke by his wife, Grace, and is supported by the Knights of Columbus Summit Council 783, of which he was an active member. The award is presented every year to a current UC freshman student and is renewable for the recipient's remaining years at the school.

Mahaffey, who lives in Scotch Plains, was chosen based on his successful integration into Union Catholic, good grades, and his response to the call to "become all God calls you to be" at UC.

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“I feel so honored to have received this award,’’ Mahaffey said. “Mrs. Hammeke is such a wonderful person, and I’m glad I get to participate in Union Catholic’s remembrance of her husband, Mr. Hammeke.”

Mahaffey commented on his Union Catholic experience and discussed why UC is the perfect place for him to achieve his goals.

“The UC community is united,” said Mahaffey. “The teachers are supportive and are always there for you. The students have each other’s backs. Union Catholic has been the greatest experience I have ever had.”

Mahaffey is an active member of the UC student body. He is a member of the Environmental Club, Paws for a Cause, Operation Smile, and Forensics. He is also a member of the Boys Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams. Additionally, Mahaffey serves as an escort for UC’s Freshman For A Day program.

Congratulations, Michael!

Eldon M. Hammeke Scholarship Recipients  

  • 2018 Recipient - Brian Touma ‘22
  • 2017 Recipient - Catherine McGovern ‘21
  • 2016 Recipient - Andrew Palacio ‘20
  • 2015 Recipient - Charlize Colon '19
  • 2014 Recipient - Kevin Degnan '18
  • 2013 Recipient - Katrina Springer '17
  • 2012 Recipient - Nicholas Birritteri '16
  • 2011 Recipient - Danielle Cusick '15
  • 2010 Recipient - Arthur Wright IV '14
  • 2009 Recipient - Brian Cautillo '13
  • 2008 Recipient - David Schanz '12
  • 2007 Recipient - Sarah Cunha '11
  • 2006 Recipient - Robert Magella '10
  • 2005 Recipient - Magan Mauro '09
  • 2004 Recipient - Marissa Rondinone '08
  • 2003 Recipient - Edward Sagendorf '07
  • 2002 Recipient - Carlos da Costa '06
  • 2001 Recipient - Dana Kinney '05
  • 2000 Recipient - Justina Marcussen '04
  • 1999 Recipient - Angela Guilliano '03

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit