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Cedar Crest Awards More Than $220,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Students

June 9, 2017

On May 31, Cedar Crest Retirement Community hosted family, friends, residents, and staff at its annual Scholar Awards Ceremony. At the event, 28 graduating high school seniors were awarded $8,000 scholarships from the community.

The Scholar's Program is funded by the residents of Cedar Crest to support high school students employed on campus who have shown commitment to serving the Cedar Crest community. Qualifications include working 1,000 hours at Cedar Crest during their Junior and Senior years in high school, maintaining a 2.0 GPA for their senior year, and remaining in good standing.

"Cedar Crest has been a home to our students for more than two years," said Philanthropy Manager Lauren Corrente. "These students came here as 15-year-old kids working in our dining services and are now graduating as mature young adults. Because of their hard work and dedication, each of these 28 students will be receiving a generous gift from our residents-- an $8,000 scholarship."

The ceremony included a keynote address from 2013 Scholarship Recipient Alli Kopesky, who recently received her bachelor's degree in from William Paterson University. Additionally, remarks were provided by Associate Executive Director Denise Altonjy, Philanthropy Manager Lauren Corrente, Resident Advisory Council President Rich Cirelli, Human Resources Manager Tori Heimall, and Director of Dining Services Paul Cimins.

The ceremony ended with a video created by Cedar Crest TV Studio Coordinators Larry Curran and Mike Dygos that highlighted the special bond that exists between residents and students, and scholarship recipients provided their personal "thank you" to residents who support the Scholars Fund.

Since 2003, the Scholars' Fund has provided 330 student-worker scholarships valued at more than $1 million. In 2016 and 2017, Cedar Crest was named a finalist for New Jersey Monthly's Great Oak Award for excellence in philanthropy.

For more information about the scholarship program, as well as learning about other benefits of employment with Cedar Crest such as tuition reimbursement, visit

Cedar Crest, which is managed by Erickson Living, is a leader in the senior housing industry. The scenic 130-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and is home to over 2,000 residents. For more information, visit

2017 Cedar Crest Student Scholars:

  • Alexis Ballistreri, Butler High School; 
  • Karina Baum, Ramapo College of New Jersey;
  • Brett Boon, Morris County School of Technology;
  • Elizabeth Broderick, Pequannock Township High School;
  • Joseph Cayemitte, West Orange High School;
  • Nicole Dambra, Morris County School of Technology;
  • Mike Doumit, Butler High School;
  • Zachary Doumit, Butler High School;
  • Brianna Enciso, Pequannock Township High School;
  • Evan Fear, Butler High School
  • Julia Fischer, Mount Saint Dominic Academy;
  • Haley Florio, Butler High School;
  • Breanna Freideman, Butler High School;
  • Sara Gustavsen, Pequannock Township High School;
  • Michel Hannah, Butler High School;
  • Natasha Issac, Butler High School;
  • Ashley Logan, Netherlands Reformed Christian School;
  • Nicolle Lombardi, Pequannock Township High School;
  • Martha Pineda, Butler High School;
  • Krista Ponce de Leon, Wayne Hills High School;
  • Andrew Reder, Butler High School;
  • Luz Roman, Pompton Lakes High School;
  • Amanda Sanchez, Pompton Lakes High School;
  • Alyssa Thomson, Pequannock Township High School;
  • Jason Van Woudenberg, Netherlands Reformed Christian School;
  • Emily Vega, Pompton Lakes High School;
  • Alexandra Viscuso, Kinnelon High
  • Christine Wasiuk, Pequannock Township High School

Photo: 2017 Cedar Crest Scholars

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