Scholarship Program

2019 Scholarship Winners

We´ve selected the winners of the state´s Youth Scholarship Program. Jacob Fritz was selected as the first-place winner and will receive a $1,500 check from the association. Andrew Griffin, who was chosen as the second-place winner of the award will receive a check for $1,000.

Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.

Jacob Fritz of Parlin, NJ attends Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences. In addition to the Youth Scholarship Award, he has already been presented with the Most Valuable Sophomore and Most Valuable Junior for the Sayreville Swim Team, the Academy Award for integrity and Other Traits from his high school and has been on the Honor Roll for having a 3.75 GPA or higher in the first two marking periods of both his Junior and Senior years. Jacob has been accepted to Seton Hall University, Quinnipiac University, Penn State Abington and the University of Sciences.  His father, Jonathan Fritz, is a staff sergeant with the NJ State Police at the NJSP Cartaret Station.

Andrew Griffin of Whippany, NJ attends Whippany Park High School and has maintained a 4.75 GPA. He has been nominated for The Governor’s School of Engineering, received an Excellence in Social Studies Award, was finalist for the New Jersey Scholars Program, Lawrenceville School, awarded Outstanding Leadership – Novartis Multicultural Teen Mentoring Program and was presented with President Barack Obama’s Educational Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. He has been accepted to the University of Virginia. His father, Brian Griffin, is a firefighter with the Bloomfield Fire Department.

“Our committee was truly impressed with the applications submitted by both Jacob and Andrew and the writing skills they demonstrated in their essay,” stated Christine Marzano, president of the NJESA.

“Their academic achievements are quite impressive, as are their extracurricular and community activities. Both are a shining example of what a student is capable of accomplishing, and their knowledge, skills, and abilities should serve them well in their academic pursuits.”

The first-place winner from New Jersey is eligible for the national scholarship awards from the Electronic Security Association (ESA). The ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards the first-place national winner $7,500 and the second-place national winner $2,500.

Both Jacob and Andrew, along with their parents, are invited to attend the NJESA Annual Golf Outing at the Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, NJ on June 18, 2019 where the association will present them with their checks.

“NJESA is dedicated to promoting the electronic life safety, security and systems industry. It is our hope that programs such as the NJESA Youth Scholarship Program allow us to recognize the men and women who maintain the safety and security of our nation. We salute Jacob´s and Andrew´s parents and their many colleagues and peers who put their lives on the line for our local communities.” added Christine.

2018 Scholarship Winners
Scholarship recipients and their fathers were in attendance at our Annual Golf Outing to read their winning essays and accept their award at the dinner reception.

First Place ($1,500) went to Ryan Palmer of Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, NJ. His father is Allan Palmer of the Rahway Fire Department. Ryan plans to attend Virginia Tech.

Second Place ($1,000) went to Liam Kerrick of Newton High School in Newton, NJ. His father is Paul Kerrick of the NJ State Police. Liam plans to attend IAIB-INU Northeastern University.

Ryan Palmer 1st Place Scholarship Award Winner accepts a check from NJESA Treasurer Casey Guagenti.
Liam Kerrick 2nd Place Scholarship Award Winner accepts a check from NJESA Treasurer Casey Guagenti.

NJESA Youth Scholarship Program winner wins the ESA Youth Scholarship Program at the National Level

Michelle Bello, 1st prize winner, with her family receiving award from Gerard Duffy, President, NJESA

After careful consideration, Michelle Bello from Pennsauken High School, NJ won the first prize and Cary Robinson Jr. from Overbrook Regional High School, NJ won the second prize.

We invited the winners and their families to dinner at our Annual Golf Outing Event and presented them with checks for $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

Past Scholarship Winners
2015
1st Place: Caitlin Murphy, Villa Walsh Accademy, Morristown
2nd Place: Christina Healey, Fairlawn HS, Fairlawn

2016
1st Place: Shannon Tymes, North Hunterdon HS, Annadale
2nd Place: Courtney Brunet, North Valley Regional HS, Demarest

2017
1st Place: Michelle Bello, Pennsauken HS, Pennsauken
2nd Place: Cary Glen Robinson, Overbrook Senior HS, Pine Hill

2018
1st Place: Ryan Palmer, Arthur L Johnson HS, Clark
2nd Place: Liam Kerrick, Newton HS, Newton