PHOTO: Peter E. Donoghue (left) presents Eric P. Donoghue music scholarships to Emily Hochheiser (center) and Jamie Waggner, both seniors at Middletown High School North.  Photo by Stefanie Lefurge

  MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP --  Middletown North High School seniors Jamie Waggner and Emily Hochheiser have been awarded music scholarships by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.
  The scholarships bring to a total of 24 the number given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 10 years since his death.
  They were awarded by former Atlantic Highlands Mayor Peter E. Donoghue, Eric's father.

   The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. Awards go to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and are financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.
   Waggner, who lives in the township's Fairview section, is a singer who has performed in the a cappella choir, the All-State and All-Shore choruses and three high school musicals. She will attend Rowan University where she will pursue a degree in music education for voice with the intention of teaching.

   She is the daughter of  William and Darlene Waggoner.

   Hochheiser, who lives in Belford, is a pianist and bass guitarist, a member of the Rock'n Music Academy House Band and has played at  the Sone Pony and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.

   She will attend Ramapo College, majoring in psychology and minoring in music with plans to become a music therapist.

   She is the daughter of Jay and Joanne Hochheiser.

   Late in May, the foundation also presented a scholarship to Bridget Foley of Atlantic Highlands, a Red Bank Catholic High School senior, a singer, a member of the Red Band Catholic Chamber Choir, student manager of her school's music department and a cantor and contemporary choir member at Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in New Monmouth. She is a former student at St. Agnes School in Atlantic Highlands, where she sang in the children's choir under Eric Donoghue's direction.

   Eric Donoghue was an accomplished musician, composer and piano teacher. He was the organist at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands at the time of his death and had previously played at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands.
   He was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.