Scholarships awarded to teens seeking high education 

FREEHOLD, NJ – Three Monmouth County vocational school district students were presented scholarships checks from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Foundation at a recent meeting of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“On behalf of the NJAC Foundation, it is my pleasure to present these scholarships to the recent Monmouth County high school graduates who have chosen to pursue degrees at New Jersey colleges,” said Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton, who is also NJAC first vice president.

Two scholarship awards of $550 each were granted to Lidia Kim of Matawan and Ryan Stromberg of Eatontown. Both were 2011 graduates of Biotechnology High School, one of the career academies in the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

Kim will attend Ramapo College and plans to major in nursing. Stromberg will also attend Ramapo College and major in International Relations.

A $550 scholarship was also awarded to Brian Diaz of Jamesburg, who graduated from the automotive services program at KIVA High School in June 2011. Diaz will use his award this fall to pursue his studies in alternative fuels and energy at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

“The NJAC Foundation partners with New Jersey business to provide scholarships to students of county vocational schools and county colleges,” Clifton said. “PSEG provided the funding for Brian’s scholarship and Investors Savings Bank funded the awards to Lidia and Ryan.”

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