New Jersey Utilities Association Presents College Scholarships to Four Deserving New Jersey Students

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Association’s James R. Leva Scholarship, Excellence in Diversity Scholarship and Trade and Vocational School Scholarship Awards. NJUA’s scholarship review committee selected four hardworking, promising New Jersey students to award scholarship funds made possible through financial support by NJUA’s member companies.

“New Jersey’s investor-owned utilities recognize the value of higher education and regularly seek ways to help enhance the skills of our state’s workforce. These scholarships are one way to do so,” said Andrew Hendry, NJUA President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to help these four exceptional students further their education and 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. 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:

  • Amanda Appleyard of North Arlington, NJ, Distribution Business Team Member at PSE&G

The Excellence in Diversity Scholarship Award is awarded to one minority, female or student with a disability pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. The scholarship award is valued at $1,500 per academic year and was given to:

  • Obianama Okani of West Orange, 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. The scholarship, valued at up to a total of $6,000 depending on the total cost of the vocational program, was given to:

  • Nicholas LaGreca of Pequannock, NJ
  • Alexandra Soluri of Hillsdale, NJ

“These outstanding students are just a handful of the thousands who are the future of our state,” said Mary Patricia Keefe, chairperson of NJUA’s board of directors and vice president of regulatory affairs and business support for Elizabethtown Gas. “Thanks to the generosity of NJUA member and associate member companies, NJUA continues to be able to support future generations by providing financial assistance to hard-working, deserving students.”

Recipients were chosen from among 46 James R. Leva Scholarship Award applicants, 222 Excellence in Diversity applicants and 21 Trade and Vocational School Scholarship Award applicants.

NJUA scholarship applications for 2017 will be made available on NJUA’s website in January.  To learn more about NJUA’s Scholarships, please visit