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Centenary College Announces Hackettstown High School Scholarship Award Winner

08/15/2013, 10:07 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Centenary College has announced the recipient of the Hackettstown High School student scholarship for the fall semester of 2013 — Alex Bunting.  The scholarship is one of the ongoing partnerships between the institutions.

“This annual scholarship was established in 2007 to recognize and honor one Hackettstown High School student each year who has excelled academically and has demonstrated the qualities that this institution values,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College. “I am so pleased that Alex has been selected for this honor and look forward to seeing him on campus next month.”

This scholarship covers tuition for one Hackettstown High School student during his or her four-year stay.


Bunting, who is a resident of Hackettstown, plans to study Environmental Science.  Bunting would like to work as an environmentalist at a fish hatchery once he graduates.  The recent partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the College on the new Centenary College Environmental Science Center sold Bunting on the fact that Centenary was the institution where he wanted to embark on his academic journey.

“I am so ecstatic that I was awarded this scholarship,” says Bunting.  “Centenary College was always my first choice and I planned to attend, regardless.  Finding out that I received the scholarship, however, was life changing.  I take this opportunity very seriously.”

Bunting appreciates the fact that Centenary College is an institution that emphasizes on the importance of community service.  In fact, he admires the fact that Centenary Wrestlers are known for shoveling the snow of the Centenary neighbors. During his time at Centenary, he plans to become involved in the Evergreen Club, the Outdoors Club and the Bass Fishing Club, especially since he is familiar with every pond within a 10 mile radius surrounding Hackettstown! 

“I have a love for fishing and the ecosystem completely fascinates me,” says Bunting.  “I plan to take a leadership role in these organizations on campus and, hopefully, instill the importance of the environment on students and even young members of the community.”   

Bunting is also a Centenary legacy.  His mother, Stephanie Bunting, and his aunt, Jennifer Cory, are graduates.  In fact, Centenary has always been a part of his life as some of his earliest memories are attending pre-school on campus.

 “I would like to congratulate Alex for being selected for this honor,” says David Mango, Hackettstown Superintendent of Schools.  “He was an impressive candidate and I wish him much success at Centenary College.  I would also like to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Bunting as it is obvious that they have done a tremendous job with their son.”

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.
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