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College Woman’s Club of Westfield Announces 2014 Scholarships

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Standing:  Pat Colbert, College Woman’s Club president; Christine Ferraro; Elena Scarano: Alicia Kohl; Agatha Magierski; Ida Chen; and Deirdre Trabert Malacrea, scholarship chair. Seated: Amanda Schwarz and Kelsey Hall. Credits: College Woman's Club of Westfield
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WESTFIELD, NJ — The College Woman’s Club of awarded $44,000 in scholarship money to seven young women from Westfield to help them pursue their college educations at the club’s annual scholarship dinner May 27. The recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community service and financial need.

The event was held at Echo Lake Country Club.

“As always, the club received applications from many strong candidates,” said Scholarship Chairperson Deirdre Trabert Malacrea. “Through the generosity of our members and donors, the club is once again in the fortunate position to make a real and positive impact on the academic careers of young women from Westfield.”

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Applications for scholarships are available each year through local high school guidance departments in February and are evaluated by a committee of CWC members each spring. Funds for the scholarships come from annual donations and legacies from its members. 

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Ida Chen. Chen moved to Westfield with her family from a small town in Ohio while in elementary school to take advantage of the town’s excellent school system, according to the club. During her time at Westfield High School, she challenged herself with honors classes and advanced placement classes, earning induction into the National Honor Society. 

Chen played on both the JV and Varsity Volleyball teams and joined the track and field team as a pole vaulter. She volunteers at Westfield Memorial Library, Children’s Specialized Hospital and serves as a tutor.  She will attend the University of Miami this fall, pursuing a degree in biology/biochemistry with an interest in forensics.

Christine Ferraro. The recipient of this year’s Past Presidents’ Award, Ferraro works hard both in the classroom and on the athletic field, according to the club. She is a four-year member of the cheerleading squad, serving as captain her senior year. Her true passion is softball, and her strong play and leadership skills helped guide the team to championships and led to personal honors at the all-county and all-area level. 

Ferraro’s academic interest lies in math and science classes. In addition to her school and athletic commitments, shevolunteers at Children’s Specialized Hospital, babysits and coaches in summer softball leagues. She will attend Cabrini College this fall, pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Kelsey Hall. Hall was awarded the Ruth Houghton Scholarship as an undergraduate grant. She is a 2012 graduate of WHS who recently completed her second year at Villanova University where she is a Physics major who achieves strong grades while taking a grueling load of science and mathematics coursework and working after class, according to the club.

Her advisor, Prof. Morgan Besson, commended Hall for being one of the rare young women pursuing Physics, saying, “We in the Physics Department feel fortunate to have someone of Kelsey’s caliber as one of our members.” Drawing on past jobs and volunteer efforts in the healthcare arena, Hall intends to apply to medical school after graduation and work as a doctor.

Alicia Kohl. According to the club, Kohl is a conscientious student who consistently applied herself to WHS’s rigorous coursework, including three Advanced Placement mathematics classes during her senior year. Taking the Computer Science class in her junior year established her interest in computer programming, which has become her future field of interest.

Outside of school, Kohl volunteers at her church camp, is an active member of the debate blub and takes drum lessons. She is the first member of  her family to pursue a four-year college education.  She will attend Stevens Institute of Technology majoring in cyber security.  

Agatha Magierski. A quadruplet, Magierski learned early on to take charge of her life, according to the club. She demonstrates a love of languages and an adventurous spirit, learning French and Mandarin during high school and attending Polish school, where she earned a perfect score on the Polish Regents exam. Magierski took it upon herself to research opportunities to participate in the US State Department’s National Security Language program, immersing herself in language and culture while spending last summer in China.

Magierski’s determination led her to play the position of goalie for the varsity field hockey team, according to the club. She put her skills to work volunteering at Children’s Specialized Hospital and as a tutor. She plans to study Biology with a Pre-Med orientation at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Elena Scarano. Scarano is a dedicated student-athlete who has the rare ability to excel in a variety of efforts, according to the club. She is a four-year letter earner for the WHS varsity volleyball and varsity softball teams and served as the captain of both teams this year. She received numerous personal awards within Union County and the Conference. In volleyball she was selected as NJ.Com’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.

Scarano was very involved with WHS’s annual Pink Out fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of breast cancer research. She will continue her volleyball career, playing for Loyola University, Maryland. She intends to focus her course work in preparation for a career as a speech therapist.

Amanda Schwarz. The winner of the Marge McCornack Memorial Scholarship, Schwarz is a strong student at WHS, according to the club. She has taken seven honors classes and five AP classes. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.

Along with her strong academic record, Schwarz is very involved in both WHS and the broader community, according to the club. She is a highly regarded camp counselor, an avid horseback rider who won the “Outstanding Junior Instructor Award” twice and is the First Lieutenant for her riding team. She holds a job during the school year in a doctor’s office.

Schwarz’s true passion is music, according to the club. She will attend Drexel University, where she was accepted into their selective music management program.

The College Woman’s Club of Westfield said it is proud to acknowledge this outstanding group of young women. To learn how to join and support the College Woman’s Club, contact cwc.westfield@gmail.com.

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