SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Being a student at Union Catholic is a dream come true for freshman Lilyana Roque, and becoming the first ever recipient of the Student to Student Scholarship made her arrival at the school that much more exciting.

“Ever since I was in fourth grade I’ve wanted to come to UC,’’ said Roque, who lives in Perth Amboy. “I’ve worked hard my whole life and I’ve always felt that UC was the place for me, so it’s an honor to receive this scholarship. It shows how all my hard work is paying off.’’

The Student-to-Student Scholarship, which is part of UC’s “Rise to the Challenge’’, is an initiative where UC students are asked to make donations that will fund a scholarship for an incoming freshman student at Union Catholic.

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“We look for a student who will contribute to the fabric of the school and is a good fit here,’’ said John Rotondo, a member of Union Catholic's Development Department,. “The idea is for the student body here to come together to provide someone else with the same opportunity that they were given.’’

Roque loves it at Union Catholic.

“I love the environment, the people, the teachers, and the classes,’’ said Roque. “I love everything about UC.’’

Union Catholic sophomore Michael Fox, a member of UC’s Student Philanthropy Leadership Committee, said the Student-to-Student Scholarship is another great example of how Union Catholic gives back and helps people.

“It’s all part of UC’s core values of always giving back and helping others,’’ said Fox. “It really shows the kindness and generosity of the Union Catholic community."

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