PHOTO BY LOUISE I. DONOGHUE
Red Bank Catholic senior Bridget Foley receives an Eric P. Donoghue music scholarship from Peter E. Donoghue.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — Borough resident Bridget Foley, a senior at Red Bank Catholic High School, has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.
The scholarship awarded to Foley brings to a total of 22 given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 10 years since his death.
It was awarded by former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Louise Donoghue, Eric’s parents.
The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. It is awarded to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and is financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.
Foley is a singer, a member of the Red Band Catholic Chamber Choir, student manager of the 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.
She has been involved in extensive volunteer work including performing for the sick and elderly at area hospials and nursing homes, working on the community garden at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Highlands and with Habitat for Humanity. Foley is also the winner of Girl Scouting’s Bronze and Gold awards.
She plans on studying music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
She is the daughter of Brian P. and Diane Foley and lives in Asbury avenue.
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.