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$200,000 in Scholarships Awarded to the Class of 2015

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Building on our long-standing tradition of supporting higher education, OceanFirst Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University and Ocean County College for scholarships that will help 140 high school graduates in the Jersey Shore area pursue their education. In the past six years, 840 local high school graduates have received $1,200,000 in scholarship assistance.

“Ocean County College is grateful to the OceanFirst Foundation for its continued support of education and our local students,” said Heather S. Barberi, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation. “At a time when college costs across the country are on the rise, scholarship support is critical. The OceanFirst Foundation is not only supporting students on their educational journey, they are expanding their opportunities for success in the future.”

Each college will use their $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for tuition, fees and books to incoming full-time freshmen for the fall semester of 2015. Scholarship recipients at Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College will each receive $1,000 awards and at Georgian Court University and Monmouth University scholarship recipients will each receive $2,500 awards. Each College/University selected its recipients based on the College/University's existing policies and procedures for awarding scholarships. Selection decisions were made completely independent of OceanFirst Foundation.

The 2015 Ocean County graduates receiving OceanFirst Foundation scholarships are:

Barnegat High School - Kayla Marissa Torres
Brick Memorial High School – Nicole Cardinale, Matthew Cusanelli, Kerry Larkin, Heather Mentone, Tiffany Seaboldt, Richard Zytko
Brick Township High School – Alexandra Bautista, Jonathan Jackson, Jenna Puglisi, Philip Sammarco
Calvary Academy – Dakota Spina
Central Regional High School – Sean Vanlew
Donovan Catholic – Amanda Basilicata, Olivia Maxwell, Jessica Sipili, Tiffany Stabile
Jackson Liberty High School – Aidan Benbrook, Sandra Guirguess, Antonio Sugui
Jackson Memorial High School – Vincent Brown, Kate McGuckin
Lacey Township High School – Hannah Brenner, Samantha Christensen, Victoria Cook, MacKenzie Docherty, Dylann Emery, Sydney Johnson, Brett Kinsey, Taylor Pulizzano
Lakewood High School – Michael Brodie, Lucero Pantaleon
Manchester Township High School – Akua Amoah, Jessica Burton, Kyle DeGroot, Brandon Jacobs, Matthew Keneipp, Madison Leppert, Kayla Marchlewski
New Egypt High School – Jeral Miller
Pinelands Regional High School – Kurstin Binshedler, Brianna Linthwaite,Catherine Shapiro, Robyn Wallace
Point Pleasant Beach High School – Cara Menio
Point Pleasant Borough High School – Steven Corso, Madelyn Joel, Shannon Kelly, Jenna Paterno, Cheyenne Reitman-Lafage
Southern Regional High School – Amy Bottomley, Collin Cassidy, Susan Chevalier, Carlo Coraccio, Kara D’Antoni, Kristen Fontana, Thomas Ring, Erin Ringer, Francine Ruocco,
Toms River High School East – Amy Burns, Erin Clemente, Leah Marie Fargo, Olivia Henderson, Jaclynn Sweeney
Toms River High School North – Dominic Colasurdo, Tessa DeGennaro, Andre Espinosa, Brielle Farrell, Sarah Foster, Alexandra Fotopoulos, Bianca Mininni
Toms River High School South – Emily Melkowits, Conor Nolan, Patrick Toal
Other – Diana McEntee

The 2015 Monmouth County graduates receiving OceanFirst Foundation scholarships are:

Allentown High School – Breanna Callahan
Colts Neck High School – Emily Raynor, Paula Vera
Communications High School – Hailey Smith
Freehold High School (Boro) – Alyssa DiStefano, Karolin Hanna, Danielle Plancanica, Dominique Rashella
Freehold Township High School – Nicole Bromell, Stephanie Danias, Alexis DiBlasio, John Sangalang, Brianna Somers, Erik Wener
Howell High School – Marc Renzo Anastacio, Joshua Botti, Michelle Czysz, Courtney Dias, Anthony Esposito, Gabrielle Gallo, Hailey Handerhan, Victoria Horta, Alyssa Hurley, Carly Kaplan, Thomas Kern, Kerrin Prybylski, Evan Reca, Lauren Rossi, Eric Rotondella, Gregory Scarlato, Ryder Verdoni, Evan Wesley
Manasquan High School – Logan Sabins
Marlboro High School – Jason Alcaraz, Emily Buccine, Nicholas Manginelli, Michael Santaromita
Matawan Regional High School – Renzo Colonna, Craig Johnson, Jenna Marsac
Middletown High School North – Kayla Ciccia, Matthew Golembieski, Cristian Santos, Dana Siclare
Middletown High School South – Amanda Cammarato, Erin Cotterell, James Szumowski
Monmouth County Vocational, Academy of Law & Public Safety – Michael Antonucci, Daniel Diasio, Stephen Kaeser, Jessica Shanahan, Thomas Spuler, Alexis Walsh
Monmouth Regional High School – Hayley Meissner
Red Bank Catholic High School – Christopher Fitzsimmons
Red Bank Regional High School – Matthew Cressen
Saint John Vianney High School – Alexandra Farino, Grace Manning
Saint Rose High School – Victoria Clayton, Grace Groh, Eugene Landino, Michael Leather
Wall Township High School – Michael Martignetti

The 2015 Monroe Township graduates receiving an OceanFirst Foundation scholarship are:

Monroe Township High School – Taylor Liamero

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