ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (May 22, 2018) – At its 25th Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Program and Luncheon, held recently at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) honored 364 high school student-athletes with a total of $201,000 in college scholarships. Four of the students received $2,500 scholarships from the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise. .
Under the ongoing scholar-athlete program, each NJSIAA member high school has the opportunity to choose one senior student as its scholar-athlete of the year. Each selected student who attends the luncheon event is then awarded, at minimum, a $500 college scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments. South Plainfield’s Scholar Athlete Award went to Jennifer Grasso. Grasso was a scholar while lettering in three sports including Field Hockey, Swimming and Softball.
“This luncheon has developed into a time-honored tradition that provides us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of so many student-athletes,” says Larry White, the NJSIAA’s executive director. “We wish each of our scholarship recipients the best of luck as they embark on their future endeavors.”
In the past quarter century – since 1994 – NJSIAA has honored 7,700 New Jersey high school students and distributed more than $2.1 million in college scholarships through its scholar program.
About the NJSIAA
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 436 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.