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Mrs. Christie Rewards Scholarships To Inspiring Young Volunteers

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Atlantic City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The first-lady of New Jersey, Mary Pat Christie, has created a scholarship for a handful of inspiring high school students who keep up with their academics, but also log many hours in outstanding volunteer work. The Spirit of a Hero’s Scholarship Award Ceremony and Luncheon was held in the governor’s official residency in Princeton, New Jersey. Over 700 students applied for the scholarship, but only 22 were selected to receive $5000 to put towards their continuing education after high school.

“It is truly remarkable because they all keep up with their academics, and all of them are going to college of some sort. They are spending hours and hours of volunteer time as well, it is pretty inspiring,” Mrs. Christie announced.

One of the award winners, Jeremy Garriga, has collected thousands of pairs of socks that he has donated to many shelters across Hudson County and he was elated when he received the call about the ceremony. “When I found out I won the scholarship, I was called first before the email was sent, and I was caught by surprise. For a second, I was quiet because I didn’t understand what I had just won. Then I said, ‘Oh thank you!’ I was so surprised that I was speechless,” he recalls.

Garriga plans to put the $5000 towards his undergraduate education at Seton Hall University.


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