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College Woman’s Club of Westfield Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

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Standing: Judy Brucia (president), Norna Jules, Judy McDonald, Olivia Windorf, Emily Posyton and Eileen Fox (scholarship chair). Seated: Megan Mondon, Emily Sullivan and Maria Lizzo. Credits: College Woman's Club of Westfield
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WESTFIELD, NJ — The College Woman’s Club of Westfield awarded $54,500 in scholarship money to seven young women from Westfield this year to help them pursue their college educations. Awards were presented at the club’s 98th Annual Meeting and Scholarship Dinner on May 28 and announced in a press release Friday:

Norna Jules pursued a rigorous academic schedule while maintaining an afters-chool job, according to the club. Jules was nominated to attend the Rutgers Women’s Institute and was selected to the Medical Mentoring Program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Outside of the classroom, Jules spent her time volunteering at the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad and a local animal shelter. She will attend Delaware State University.

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Maria Lizzo, winner of the Katharine Heywood Jaruzelski Memorial Scholarship, is a conscientious student who continually applied herself to her studies. Her true passion is helping others, both in and out of the classroom, according to the club. Lizzo was very involved with the WHS Marching Band, serving as Drum Major for two years, and in her Parish Community at Holy Trinity, where she has worked and volunteered.

Lizzo will attend The College of New Jersey this fall, pursing a degree in nursing.  

Judy McDonald, recipient of this year’s Past Presidents’ Award, is a student who works hard both in the classroom and on the athletic field, according to the club. McDonald has been a member of WHS soccer, serving as captain her senior year. Off the field Judy has continually excelled in the classroom and was elected president of the National Honor Society.

McDonald’s academic interests lie in science and mathematics. She volunteers to help with girl’s soccer at her parish summer camp. McDonald be attend Georgetown University this fall, pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Biology.

Olivia Windorf is a conscientious student who consistently applied herself to Westfield High’s rigorous coursework and more, according to the club. Windorf was elected to the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and is an AP scholar with honor. She has a love of learning, according to the club, taking part in activities outside of the classroom to enhance her learning. She was selected to take part in the Medical Mentoring Program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Windorf is involved in many volunteer opportunities, including Children’s Specialized Hospital, Tutor Connections through Education and The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. She will continue her studies at The College of William and Mary in the fall, pursuing psychology.

Megan Mondon is a dedicated student-athlete who has the ability to excel in a variety of areas, according to the club. This year, she served as captain of the WHS Varsity Volleyball team and was named Union County Player of the Year, 1st Team All State, and 1st Team All County and Conference. Mondon was very involved with Westfield High School’s annual “Pink Out” fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of breast cancer research, serving as chair her senior year.

Mondon will continue her volleyball career, playing for Loyola University, Maryland. She intends to focus her course work in preparation for a career as a physical therapist.

Emily Sullivan, the winner of the Majorie McCornack Memorial Scholarship, is a strong student at Westfield High School and has been very involved in the theatre program, according to the club. At WHS Emily was a member of the International Thespian Society as well as a lighting technician. Sullivan was a member of the Model UN and Youth and Government clubs.

Sullivan is a peer minister at her church, and a very active volunteer for the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group. She received a Gold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Girl Scout. Sullivan will continue her studies at Virginia Tech this fall, pursuing Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Emily Posyton is a gifted student with a keen intellect and a passion for history, according to the club. She was able to succeed in the competitive environment of WHS while maintaining a job. At school, she was a member of the Rotary Club and a senior advisor for “The Girl Thing”.

Posyton also found time to volunteer at Greta’s Run. She will attend The College of New Jersey in the fall, pursuing a degree in Education and History.

The recipients were selected based on academic achievement, community service and financial need.

According to their press release, The College Woman’s Club of Westfield is proud to acknowledge this outstanding group of young women.

“We would like to thank all the candidates who applied for these scholarships,” said Chairperson Eileen O’Connell Fox. “For nearly one hundred years our club has sought to make a positive impact in the Westfield community through supporting college education for young women. Thanks to the continued generosity of our members and donors we are fortunate to continue this legacy.”

Applications for scholarships are available through local high school guidance departments in February each year, and are evaluated by a committee of CWC members each spring. Funds for the scholarships come from annual donations and legacies from members. To learn how to join and support the College Woman’s Club, email cwc.westfield@gmail.com.

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