Committee Chair: Annette Galaro, firstname.lastname@example.org
SBEA grants scholarships to South Brunswick graduating seniors, as well as the children of our membership EVERY year! This program is 100% funded by our own SBEA members. Every paycheck, our members donate monies to be able to grant these awards to the most deserving students. Our scholarship program has been a long standing tradition and a source of pride for our Association, as it has assisted many students to attend a college they may not have otherwise had the means to attend.
We grant 3 different types of scholarships to students, The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship, Children of Membership Scholarship and two SBEA Scholarships (General Scholarship and Future Educator Scholarship.) See below for information about each of these awards.
Please contact Annette via email with any questions pertaining to any of our scholarship awards.
Members who would like to start contributing to our fund, find out how much money they are currently contributing, or would like to increase their monthly contribution, can fill out the form linked below.
The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship
The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship provides a generous award to one South Brunswick senior every year. This scholarship, currently valued at $8,000, is payable at $2,000 per year over four years of college. The student selected is recognized for academic excellence (minimum 3.6 unweighted GPA), outstanding character, and community service as well as having a demonstrated financial need. Nominations are submitted in the Spring. The candidate selected to receive this scholarship is announced at the High School Senior Awards ceremony in June.
Students may self-nominate for The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship through Naviance when applying for local scholarships. This is in addition to SBEA members being able to nominate students. Student applications are due by the Naviance deadline, which is May 8th, 2020.
There are two SBEA Scholarships, which are awarded to SBHS seniors. Each is in the form of a one-time scholarship valued at $1,000. SBHS students apply through Naviance as part of the local scholarship program. A committee made up of at least one SBEA member from each level (elementary, middle, and high school) reviews all of the applications, and winners are announced at the SBHS Senior Awards ceremony in June.
The SBEA Future Educator Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from SBHS who is planning to major in education with the goal of a career in teaching. Students are required to submit an essay discussing why they are interested in a career in education, their intended college major (and minor, if applicable), and future goals. Applications are reviewed based on expressed goals, academic promise, and financial need. (Note: This scholarship had been suspended for a time, but we were happy to announce it is back thanks to growth in member funding.)
The SBEA General Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from SBHS with any intended college major. Students are required to submit an essay on “Who or what made your education in South Brunswick schools special?” Applications are reviewed based on academic promise and financial need.
SBEA Scholarships for Children of the Membership
In addition to the SBEA scholarships specific for SBHS graduating seniors, the Association also offers the SBEA Scholarship for Children of the Membership. Due to the current situation with school closings, the application process for this scholarship has been revised for 2020. Members are advised to read the instructions on the application form carefully, as some things are different than in past years. The instructions provided for the application must be followed specifically to ensure all required information is submitted but the nominee’s identity can remain anonymous to the judging committee. Applications that are incomplete or submitted improperly will be unable to be considered. Applications for the SBEA Scholarship for Children of the Membership for 2020 graduates are due by July 5, 2020. See the application form for complete information, including full requirements and the essay topic.
NOTE: This scholarship award may vary from year to year and is not guaranteed to be awarded. The actual number of scholarships and the amount to be awarded will be determined each year based on donations to the SBEA Philanthropic Fund.
Special thanks go to all members who contribute to the SBEA Philanthropic Fund to make funding our scholarships possible. If you are unsure if you are contributing or if you would like to start contributing or increase your contribution, please reach out to Kristen Borsi, SBEA Second Vice President of Membership, via email at email@example.com.
Please consider participating in the following fundraiser to sustain our current scholarships and build the SBEA Philanthropic Fund.
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About Member Contributions to the Scholarship Fund
Our annual Association dues are $1326 for a full time employee. If your annual dues total is above $1326, you are most likely contributing monies towards our scholarship fund. (It is also possible that the extra monies are being allocated to the NJEA Political Action Fund / NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.) To learn more about what you are contributing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.