BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville Elks Lodge is seeking candidates to apply for the $2,000 Somerville Elks/Catherine Guerrera Memorial Scholarship for students who are dealing with physical or cognitive challenges.

Applicants can be high school seniors who will begin their studies at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2016, or students currently enrolled in college. Students from Somerset and Hunterdon counties are eligible.

The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded based on a student’s academics, character, leadership and courage exhibited in overcoming obstacles that may have stood in their way.

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Catherine Guerrera, for whom the scholarship is named, was a remarkable woman. Growing up during the Depression, a disability from polio limited her mobility, but not her spirit and will to achieve. Among her accomplishments, she was named the first postmaster of Flagtown section of Hillsborough after she wrote Eleanor Roosevelt asking why young women with disabilities found difficulty finding employment.

Funds for this scholarship are generously donated by members of the Guerrera family, with a matching contribution from the Somerville Elks Charitable Trust.

Representing the Guerrera family, Midge Guerrera, Catherine's niece, said, “We are honored to be partners with the Somerville Elks in awarding this yearly scholarship for young people who are successfully completing their studies while adapting to the physical and cognitive challenges they may be facing. Aunt Catherine would be very pleased with these student applicants and their courageous stories."

For an e-mail application, email Ron Czajkowski, Somerville Elks/Gurerrera Scholarship Committee, at ronski48@optimum.net. Completed application deadline is May 6. The winner will be announced in late June.