WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Scholarship Fund recently established a new scholarship to honor the memory of Washington Elementary School teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died in March after being struck by a vehicle on her way to a board of education meeting.

Villarosa was a first-grade teacher in West Orange for more than 20 years. She was a long-time resident of West Orange and an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The district stated that this caring and effective teacher will be truly missed by her family, neighbors, students and fellow teachers.

The West Orange Scholarship Fund is working with Villarosa’s family and colleagues to establish a permanent endowment in her name. This annual scholarship, most likely to benefit a former student of Washington Elementary School or a student planning to enter the teaching profession, will begin in June of 2019.

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To contribute to the Patricia Villarosa Scholarship, checks can be made payable to the West Orange Scholarship Fund and mailed to the West Orange Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Quinn, 23 Witte Place, West Orange NJ 07052. An electronic payment can be made by visiting the fund’s webpage on the school district’s website: https://www.woboe.org/domain/303. (Look for the donate button beneath the photo gallery and note “Patricia Villarosa Scholarship” in the Special Instructions section.)

One hundred percent of all contributions received will be credited to the Patricia Villarosa Scholarship permanent endowment. Earnings from this endowment will be awarded annually in perpetuity in her name.

The West Orange Scholarship Fund is a qualified 501(c) (3) organization and contributions are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Scholarships are awarded based upon academic achievement, financial need and community service.