Four New Jersey Students Receive Scholarships from the New Jersey Utilities Association

Trenton, NJ –The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) has identified four deserving New Jersey high school students as the 2018 recipients of the Association’s James R. Leva Scholarship, Excellence in Diversity Scholarship and Trade and Vocational School Scholarship awards.

“We congratulate this year’s NJUA scholarship recipients,” said Jim Fakult, chairman of NJUA’s Board of Directors and president of Jersey Central Power & Light. “These remarkable students have an inspiring record of academic and personal achievement, and their drive and dedication to their studies is commendable. We’re pleased to help this future generation of leaders pursue their dreams.”

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:

  • Kelsi Michele Sanfilippo-Crennan, daughter of Kevin Michael Crennan, an HVAC service technician with NJR Home Services, of Brick, NJ

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:

  • Noor Abdelaziz of Toms River, NJ
  • Christine Yuan of Harrison, NJ

The Trade and Vocational School Scholarship is awarded to 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:

  • Steve Clement of Haddon Township, NJ

“New Jersey’s investor-owned utility industry understands the value of higher education,” said Andrew Hendry, NJUA president and CEO. “Through the generosity of NJUA member and associate member companies, we are able to support our state’s future workforce by providing financial assistance to some of the New Jersey’s most promising students.”

Recipients of NJUA’s 2018 scholarships 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 2019 will be made available on NJUA’s website in January.  To learn more about NJUA’s Scholarships, please visit