TINTON FALLS, NJ - With the school year finished, Seabrook held its own special "graduation" ceremony to honor 39 area high school students who work at the continuing care retirement community in the restaurants. These students will now be the proud beneficiaries of the Seabrook Scholars Fund, which provides money for their upcoming college or secondary school education.
During the ceremony, each student received a scholarship totaling $4,800; $600 for four years of full-time undergraduate study.
Funding for the scholarships is based upon voluntary donations made by residents. The scholarship funding is paid directly to the students' respective secondary education institution each semester.
The Scholars Fund recipients must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to receive funding including, working at least 500 hours at Seabrook for their junior and senior years of high school, amassing a proven exemplary work record and plans to attend college or trade school on a full-time basis.
This year 593 donations were given to the fund, which began in 1999. Scholarships were first handed out in 2004 where four students qualified, now there are 39 in total.
Seabrook Scholars Fund recipient Kai Inman said to the audience of approximately 250 residents, family and staff that education is most important to her and that you cannot wait for things to come to you because if you do, you will wait forever.
This is something the students look forward to every year," said Seabrook residents and Scholars Committee member Noreen Borst. "You can tell how much this means to them by the wonderful expressions on their faces. Education is important to them because this is our next generation and they have to be prepared for the future."
Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said, "The Scholars Fund is the residents' way of providing educational assistance for the bright, dedicated and hard-working students who are part of our community. I want to personally thank all of those who live here who are helping to provide these young men and women with assistance that will potentially help them flourish. And a special congrats to the grads!"
"The generous residents who contribute to the fund year after year are not only doing a good deed, but they are investing in our future," said Ann Marie Matthews, volunteer program coordinator. "We appreciate the generosity of the residents who donate to this worthwhile cause, which enables the students to succeed and achieve their goals at school."
A total of $15,500 was also given out to graduates through 11 different named scholarships in memory or honor of residents and their families. Some of the criteria included studies in the arts, medicine or dentistry and political science.
About Seabrook: Seabrook is one of 16 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 98 acre campus is located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and is home to more than 1,400 residents. Seabrook is the perfect greater Monmouth and Ocean County retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.
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