200 Club of Morris County, N.J., Announces Scholarship Program for High School Seniors

Several scholarships available to high school seniors whose parents are serving or retired from a Morris County emergency services agency
By: 200 Club of Morris County
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Jan. 20, 2016 - PRLog -- High school seniors whose parents are police officers, firefighters or emergency medical services responders in Morris County have until March 1 to apply for one of several college scholarships from the 200 Club of Morris County, an organization that supports the men and women who protect and serve Morris County residents.

“An education beyond high school is essential today,” said James M. Gannon, president of the 200 Club of Morris County.  “It’s also expensive. This is one way we can help our first-responders take care of their families, and we’re always thrilled to see their children accept these scholarships.”

The scholarship is open to children with a parent actively serving with a Morris County police department, fire department, ambulance squad, the New Jersey State Police or as a paramedic with a Morris County-based hospital.  Students whose parent has retired from one of those agencies or students whose parents are actively serving with a federal or state law enforcement agency also are eligible, as are students who, themselves, volunteer as firefighters or EMTs.  Students may be planning to attend college or post-high school vocational school.

The 200 Club began sponsoring the scholarships in 1982. Since then, hundreds of students have received the awards. Awards are given on a one-time basis for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This is one of the truly pleasurable programs we offer,” said Gannon. “The parents of these children put their lives on the line to protect us. Not only are these scholarships one way we help them, but we know that a safe and secure society counts on well-educated leaders.”

Complete program criteria and an on-line application form are available at http://www.200clubofmorriscounty.com/scholarship.html. Applications must be received by March 1, 2016. Award criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need. Winners are announced in April and the scholarships are awarded at the 200 Club of Morris County Annual Awards Dinner in May.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $4.3 million in survivor benefits and scholarships to families. Survivor benefits go to families that have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty.  The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available by calling 973-630-7933 or by clicking on http://200clubofmorriscounty.com.


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