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Centenary College and United Way of Northern New Jersey Women's Leadership Council Continue to Sponsor Scholarship

07/31/2014, 03:32 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – For the third consecutive year, Centenary College and United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council will continue to sponsor a scholarship designed to help non-traditional female students from Warren County to afford the costs of completing their college education.  The 2014-2015 recipient is Crystal Donovan from Mansfield, who will be graduating from Centenary in May 2015.

Donovan received $2,500 from United Way with Centenary College providing a $2,500 match.  United Way collaborated with the Soroptimist Club of Hackettstown to provide Donovan with an additional scholarship to cover her academic fees.
This agreement between Centenary College and United Way builds on a similar partnership United Way Women’s Leadership Council established with Warren County Community College in 2010 to provide financial assistance to students struggling to afford the costs of higher education.

“It is a pleasure to continue this tradition,” says Dr. Barbara Lewthwaite, Centenary College President.  “It is a wonderful outgrowth of the strategic partnership that Centenary has with United Way.”

Centenary College and United Way opened the United Way Women’s Leadership Center in 2013 as a resource for members of the community and students. 

Another aspect of the scholarship includes one-on-one mentoring by a United Way Women’s Leadership Council member.  Donovan will also serve as a spokesperson for various United Way initiatives in her capacity as the 2014-2015 United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council scholarship recipient.

“Crystal was a natural fit for this opportunity,” says United Way Women’s Leadership Council Director Sarah Brelvi.  “She has demonstrated a strong commitment to her studies, but was in need of a scholarship like this so she could pursue her academic goals. I am so pleased that we could help Crystal in this manner.”

For Donovan, who is a single mother of two wonderful boys, receiving this scholarship is a dream come true.  She had been a student at Centenary College, but had to discontinue her studies due to financial complications.  She received possible scholarship opportunities and applied for this scholarship.  Now she can finish her lifelong aspiration of completing her degree in English with a certification in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Her ultimate goal would be to teach 4th or 5th grade once she graduates in May.

“Receiving this scholarship has forever changed my life,” says Donovan. “It will allow me to finish my degree and secure a career, which will enable me to provide for myself and my children.  Education is the most important gift a mother can receive because her children will reap the benefits of that baccalaureate degree.  It is not about only educating one woman, but a whole subsequent generation.  The United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council scholarship provides the resources women need to become empowered.  I am truly honored to have been chosen.”

Those who are interested in learning more about United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council scholarship should call (908) 835-3550.

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on education, income and health.  These are building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  United Way of Northern New Jersey leads caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, hope can be inspired and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.  United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland and Verona.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.  To learn more, call 908-835-3550 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org

About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.