Lake Como, New Jersey – The 200 Club of Monmouth County is proud to announce that it has awarded $87,750 in college scholarships to 68 students from 59 first responder families in Monmouth County. The scholarship ceremony was held in person at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como after being held virtually last year via Facebook Live due to Covid.
“Only one recipient could attend in person last year given the pandemic. We are so excited to be meeting in person this year with ALL the scholarship recipients. These scholarships allow The 200 Club of Monmouth County to fulfill our mission of giving back to law enforcement and other first responders and their families in Monmouth County. We are honored to assist these deserving families who give so much to our community as first responders,” said Robert Honecker, the President of The 200 Club of Monmouth County.
To date, The 200 Club has given out about $2.5 million in college scholarships.
Among this year’s scholarship recipients is Jack Niesz, a rising junior at Coastal Carolina University, who received The 200 Club’s special $2,500 Ben Danskin Scholarship. The Ben Danskin Scholarship is in memory of Ben Danskin, a founding father of The 200 Club of Monmouth County. Niesz is double majoring in business management and marketing. Niesz said, “I feel proud and honored to have received a scholarship from The 200 Club of Monmouth County. My dad is a first responder, so I really appreciate all the hard work The 200 Club does in support of him and others. This scholarship is going to go towards my tuition, so it is super helpful.” Jack’s father is the Chief of Police in Manalapan.
Scholarship awards are only given to qualified students. Recipients must be the dependent child of a full-time, employed first responder who resides and works in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Recipients must also be full-time undergraduate students at an accredited institution of higher learning. At least one parent must also be an active member of The 200 Club of Monmouth County.
More About The 200 Club of Monmouth County
The 200 Club of Monmouth County was founded by Bill Wingard and other Monmouth County philanthropists in the 1970s, when each pledged an annual donation of $200. The 200 Club is dedicated to providing financial assistance to the families of our public safety and rescue personnel who are fatally or seriously injured in the line of duty. This includes, but is not limited to, police officers, firefighters, first aid, and EMT technicians of Monmouth County, New Jersey.
The organization is governed by officers who serve a two-year term and a Board of Trustees. It is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with about 1000 members. Community support allows The 200 Club of Monmouth County to continue its mission. To make a donation or apply for membership, please visit our website at www.monmouth200club.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.