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Westfield Foundation Awards More than $120,000 in Scholarships

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James Hunter and Olivia Windorf are this year's recipients of the Westfield Foundation's Van Dellen Memorial Scholarship.
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WESTFIELD, NJ –  The Westfield Foundation has announced the winners of more than $120,000 in scholarship money for 2015.

James Hunter and Olivia Windorf won the Clarence H. and Florence H. Van Dellen Memorial Scholarship. Each will each receive scholarships of $5,000 per year for four years. Hunter and Windorf were selected based upon multiple criteria including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service and financial need, according to the foundation.  Applicants were screened by the Westfield High School guidance department and selected by the Westfield Foundation scholarship committee.

James Hunter is an accomplished student and athlete, according to the Westfield Foundation. He played on the varsity football and lacrosse teams at Westfield High School and volunteered as a referee for PAL football teams. He is actively involved in St. Helen’s Church as a youth and peer minister. At WHS, James was a senior facilitator in  “The Guy Thing,” a program providing advice for underclassmen on the social aspects of high school. Academically, he is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. Hunter will attend the College of New Jersey in the fall.

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Olivia Windorf is a conscientious student at WHS, a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society and an AP scholar with honor, according to the foundation.  As a member of the school’s community service club, Windorf headed various fundraising projects. She participated in a medical mentoring program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center and volunteered at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Tutor Connections through Education and the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless. Windorf will be attending The College of William and Mary in the fall.

The Westfield Rotary’s Scholarship Committee also administers several scholarships on behalf of the community-based Westfield Foundation.  

Two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace, totaling $15,000 each to be paid over the course of four years. The recipients are Norna Jules, who will attend Delaware State University, and Maya Mortiz, who will attend the University of St. Andrews and the College of William and Mary.

The recipient of the $2,500 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is Emily Forscht, who will attend Penn State.

The recipient of the Robert M. & Winifred M. Read Law Scholarship in the amount of $10,000, is Jacob Kania. The recipient of the Linda Read Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $10,000 is Maria Lizzo

Other 2015 Westfield Foundation scholarship winners include:

Charles Addams Memorial Art Scholarship – Amanda Christian

Bob and Marge Brewster – Daniel DoCampo

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fine Arts Scholarships – Lauren Echausse and Caitlin Collins

Madeleine Wild Bristol Fund – Hannah Goldring

Robert L. and Marilyn P. Bunting Scholarship – Emily Sullivan

Matthew C. Cahill Memorial Scholarship – Kevin Clauss

Kevin M. Clabby Memorial Fund – Henry Schwartz and Sophia Vera

Class of ’57 and Robert L. and Linda J. Foose Memorial Award – Anthony Farag

Class of ’57 Distinguished Teacher Award – Annora Happe-Conway

J. Isabella Dodds Scholarship – Nina Wang and Jorge Ledesma

Bruce G. Dunning Scholarship– Sabrina Ladj

Edmund K. Faltermayer Scholarship – Kelly Webber

Charles H. Frankenbach Sr. Memorial Scholarship – Eli Wirtshafter

Tomas Garcia Memorial Scholarships – Thomas McGuire and Ashley Postaski

William E. and Chester S. Gerdes Memorial Scholarship – Emily Forscht

David M. Hart Science Scholarship – Patrick Evans

Waldron W. Holck Memorial Scholarship – Daniel Cronin

Nelson A. Keller Memorial Scholarships – Jeremy Cha and Duncan Cook

Westfield Lacrosse Club– Mallory Weisse

Joel B. Langholtz Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Riley

Steven L. Lapidus Scholarship – Jorge Ledesma

Peggy H. and Jeremiah A. Lott Scholarship – Kayleigh Denner

Edith MacCormack Memorial Scholarship – Taniz Polanco

Frank A. and Margaret R. MacPherson Scholarship – Annie Resnikoff

Jean M. McDermott Fine Arts Scholarships – Anna Reid

Helen Bell and John S. McMartin Memorial Scholarships – Norna Jules and Andrew Zale

Lisa K. Monteleone Scholarship – Corinne Petersen

Vida Evans Nogi Memorial Scholarship – Susan Severino

Douglas J. Odenkirk Memorial Scholarship – Trent Muller

Mandeville Rentrop Memorial Scholarships – Bryan Evans, Patrick Evans, and Nicholas Sanders

Drude Sparre Roessler Music Scholarships – Alyrie Silverman

Joseph E. Rood Memorial Scholarship – Nina Wang

Greta Schoenemann Memorial Scholarship – Judy McDonald

Rachel Mather Sullivan Scholarship – Rita Murphy

Justina V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Jason Previlon

Noel A. and Thelma C. Taylor Memorial Scholarship – Erica Milwater

Liesja Tortorello Memorial Scholarship – James Hunter

Gail W. Trimble Memorial Scholarships – Liam Datwani

Ruth V. Vincent Fine Arts Scholarships – Genevieve Duguid and Conor Daly

Mary Kay Wanchik Fine Arts Scholarship– Jessica Sambucharan

W. Earl and Helen W. Wyman Scholarship – James Hunter

Westfield Foundation Matching McCoy Scholarship – Corinne Petersen

To learn more about the specific scholarships, click here.

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