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Belmar Woman's Club To Award $1,000 College Scholarships

The Education Committee of the Belmar Woman's Club is accepting scholarship applications from college-bound high school seniors who reside in the borough. In evaluating student applications for the $1,000 awards, the selection committee uses a scoring system to evaluate each applicant's academic performance, employment, volunteer service, and written essay.

"The process of choosing the winners is done extremely objectively," says Rosemarie Papa, a retired educator in the field of early childhood education​ and chair of the Belmar Woman's Club Education Committee. "I conceal any personal information that would identify the candidates for the people reviewing the applications and reading the essays, so they do not know if the candidate is male or female, or anybody they might know."

The 2018 Belmar Woman's Club scholarship winners were Lara Graney, who is majoring in film at the University of Michigan; Erin McDermott, who is studying biological engineering at Penn State University; and Catina Schneck, a freshman architectural engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Previous winners have pursued a variety of academic majors, from fashion design and physical therapy, to nursing, engineering, social work, and teaching, according to Papa, who has been overseeing the scholarship program for over a decade.​

The Belmar Woman's Club, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2014, holds card parties and other fundraisers throughout the year to support its scholarship program and other charitable-giving activities. One of the group's major fundraisers is the annual flower show luncheon and gift basket auction, which takes place at Doolan's Shore Club on Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. The club also welcomes donations from community members and local businesses in support of its scholarship program and other philanthropic efforts.

For the 2019 scholarship awards, the completed application and supporting documentation must be received by May 10, 2019. Winning students and their families will be notified in May and honored during a special presentation at the club's monthly meeting on June 7. Students can ask their high school guidance counselor for more information about the Belmar Woman's Club scholarships, or visit to download the 2019 application.

Belmar Woman's Club College Scholarship Criteria


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