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2016 Scholarships Awarded

MTEF Awards $17,500 in 2016

Scholarship Awards

It is truly an honor to participate in providing the opportunity to some of Manchester’s finest graduates to further their college educations.

The Manchester Township Educational Foundation had the honor of presenting Scholarship Awards to 13 graduates at Manchester Township High School’s Senior Recognition Night on June 2, 2016, totaling $17,500. This brings the total amount of scholarship awards presented by MTEF to over $100,000 during the past eight years.

MTEF’s Scholarship Award program is organized and administered by a Scholarship Committee. Applications are screened anonymously, and finalists are selected after review of the students’ application packages and essays. Most awards are funded by local businesses, individuals, and local organization sponsors.

This was the first year that the MTEF/Dr. William DeFeo Scholarship award of $1,000 was presented on behalf of Manchester’s former Schools Superintendent. Dr. DeFeo created the Educational Foundation in 2006. It was his desire to see the Foundation in place and working in support of our students and School District prior to his retirement in 2008. In recognition of MTEF’s tenth year, the Dr. DeFeo Scholarship was created to honor the founder of the MTEF. The 2016 MTEF/Dr. William DeFeo Scholarship was awarded to Maya Planter.

The MTEF/Charles J. Hesse III Memorial Scholarship, an annual award of $2500, renewable up to $10,000 by meeting select criteria, was awarded to Dillon Barry. The Hesse Family funds this award each year, and to date, has funded $80,000 for Manchester students in memory of Charles J. Hesse III. Mr. Martin Ryan, spokesperson for the Hesse Family, has committed to continuing the scholarship program. The Hesse Companies have also generously supported the annual Golf Outing since its inception, and will be the event sponsor again in 2017.

The MTEF/Senior Citizens Club of Crestwood IV’s four awards of $500 were presented to Sara Stewart, Corissa Scalzo, Jacob Byrnes and Michael Sullivan.

The MTEF/Lakehurst-Manchester Lions Club Award of $500 was presented to Abigail Hulse.

The MTEF/WWII Veteran Walter A. Moderack Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Isiah Sams, a member of the NJ ROTC Program.

The MTEF/River Pointe Community Men’s and Women’s Clubs provided $500 awards to Mallory Wettengel, Zachary Thomas, Renee Larson and Alexander Lynch.

The MTEF/Nicole Denise Romanelli Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 was presented to a female student pursuing a degree in the medical field. This year’s recipient was Katrina Tinio.


If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring a scholarship award for future Manchester graduates, please contact MTEF at 732-856-8331 or email us at

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