Five Deserving New Jersey Students Receive Scholarships from the New Jersey Utilities Association

Trenton, NJ –The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) has identified five deserving New Jersey students as the 2019 recipients of the Association’s James R. Leva Scholarship, Excellence in Diversity Scholarship and Trade and Vocational School Scholarship awards.

“Each year, we award scholarships to a handful of remarkable students and this year is no different,” said Jim Fakult, chairman of NJUA’s Board of Directors and president of Jersey Central Power & Light. “This year’s group of five recipients have shown significant achievement and their drive and determination towards accomplishing their goals is to be commended. Thanks to the generosity of NJUA member and associate member companies, we’re proud to be able to support our state’s future workforce by providing financial assistance to some of New Jersey’s most promising students.”

The James R. Leva Scholarship Award is awarded to assist one NJUA member company employee who is employed in New Jersey or a member of their family in pursuing their higher education goals at a New Jersey junior college, college or university. The scholarship is named in honor of James R. Leva, a former Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) executive and NJUA President from 1990-1991. Leva’s professional achievements serve as a model for those who seek to advance themselves professionally through continuing education. A one-time award of $4,000 was given to:

  • Allison Hughes, of Cranford, NJ, daughter of Robert J. Hughes, a sales representative employed by Public Service Electric & Gas Co.

The Excellence in Diversity Scholarship Award is awarded to two students who are minority, female or have a disability and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in New Jersey. The scholarship award is valued at $1,500 per academic year per recipient, and was awarded to:

  • Seo Yeong Park of Cresskill, NJ
  • Lisa Carannante of Brick, NJ

The Trade and Vocational School Scholarship is awarded to two qualified students who will be pursuing a trade or vocational degree at an accredited school in New Jersey. This year’s scholarship, valued at up to a total of $6,000 depending on the total cost of the vocational program, was given to:

  • Angelo Rodolico of Totowa, NJ
  • Domenic Challender of Cinnaminson, NJ

Recipients of NJUA’s 2019 scholarship awards were chosen from among 150 applicants. NJUA’s scholarship review committee selected this year’s scholarship winners based upon a number of criteria, including each student’s high level of academic excellence.

Funding for NJUA’s scholarship awards is made possible through financial support by NJUA’s member companies. NJUA scholarship applications for 2020 will be made available on NJUA’s website in January.  To learn more about NJUA’s Scholarships, please visit