NJUA Presents College Scholarships to Three Deserving New Jersey Students

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) is pleased to announce the 2015 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 three promising New Jersey students to award scholarship funds made possible through financial support by NJUA’s member companies.

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 $4000 was given to:

  •  Nicole Higginbotham, Burlington, NJ, daughter of Russell Jordan, Customer Service Representative at Verizon New Jersey

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 $1500 per academic year and was given to:

  • Subha Karim, Ventnor, NJ

The Trade and Vocational School Scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who will be pursuing a trade or vocational degree at an accredited school. The scholarship, valued at up to a total of $6000 depending on the total cost of the vocational program, was given to:

  • Rose Wood, South Amboy, NJ

“The backbone of a strong economy is a talented and educated workforce. NJUA and New Jersey’s investor-owned utilities recognize the value of higher education and are please to support these three exceptional students further their education,” said Andrew Hendry, NJUA President and Chief Executive Officer.

Recipients were chosen from among 13 James R. Leva Scholarship Award applicants, 249 Excellence in Diversity applicants and 18 Trade and Vocational School Scholarship Award applicants.

NJUA scholarship applications for 2016 will be made available on NJUA’s website in January.  To learn more about NJUA’s Scholarships, please visit www.njua.com