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The Freehold Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) honored Frances Vender as our 2015 Scholarship recipient on September 10th.

Frances is a Manalapan resident and is completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. Her focus is helping those with substance abuse which gives her much personal satisfaction and those with addictive behaviors, a better quality of life.

As a busy mother of four children she still finds time to volunteer at her church as well as her children’s sports activities. We congratulate Frances and wish her continued success.

Our Annual Used Book Sale funds this scholarship and we thank the Freehold Community for their ongoing support.

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It was so inspiring to hear the achievements of our 2015 award recipients. Not only are they the highest ranking female seniors from the Freehold Regional High Schools scholastically but their community involvement and musical talent are equally impressive. Thanks to our membership who supported our 2014 book sale and are working diligently to make our 2015 book sale another success.

Justine Nguyen – Freehold Township High School

Justine’s interests are art, literature, film and games. She is a National Merit Finalist from the Music Teachers Association and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a NJ High Scorer in the Royal Conservatory of Music Excellence. Justine is also a National History Day competitor, a national qualifier and has received the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Rhode Island School of Design awaits her in the fall.

Ellen Wu – Freehold High School

Ellen is a member of the Medical Science Program and the Governor’s School of the Sciences. She is involved in Neurosurgery Shadowing at Centra State Hospital and teaches algebra at the Chinese School. A member of the girl’s varsity volleyball team she also plays the piano in the FHS Chamber Choir. Her college of choice is Northwestern.

Victoria Metelkine – Marlboro High School

Victoria ranks number one in her high school class and is a National Merit scholar. She plays soccer, is a member of the math and science leagues and finds time to volunteer for the Rose Fund. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will welcome her this fall.

Heather Kaplan – Manalapan High School

Heather is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and an AP Scholar. She is involved with the Save a Brave Program and Cancer Awareness. Ohio State is her choice of universities.

Maggie Powell – Colts Neck High School

Maggie is Vice President of the Senior Class, a member of the Senior Class Student Council, NJ Science League and Shore Math League. She participates in the cross country, spring track and swim teams. Maggie also volunteers as a swim coach for the Special Olympics and is entering Harvard in the fall.

Britteny Zamot – Howell High School

Brittney is valedictorian of her class as well as a national honor society member and co-captain of the school’s academic challenge team. Brittney volunteers in the Telemetry Ward at the Ocean County Medical Center. She’ll be attending Cornell majoring in the biology- pre-med track and eventually wants to be a cardiac surgeon.

We congratulate each recipient and wish them continued success in their chosen endeavors.

Deirdre McNamara, Publicity, AAUW Freehold Area Branch


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Scholarship for women in undergraduate or graduate degree programs

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Freehold Branch of AAUW Honors Local Scholarship Recipients

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At our September 11th Meeting the Lew Williams & Leila Sulkes Scholarships were awarded to two local women.


Kerry Glovich attends Georgian Court University majoring in Education and History. This ambitious college student is a busy mother of four ranging in ages from 6 to 19.  She finds time to volunteer as a Historical Interpreter at Allaire State Park and her goal is to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree and become a special education teacher.  Kerry is also pursuing additional certification for middle school history.

Samantha Gralla will receive her Master’s Degree in School Psychology at the University of Delaware and is currently finishing her three year internship program in a Central New Jersey School. She was influenced in high school by her school psychologist and decided to major in this field at college. Samantha has worked with special need students in urban and suburban settings as well as Head Start Programs providing consultative services to teachers in difficult class room situations.

The Freehold Branch of AAUW congratulates both recipients and wishes them continued success in their chosen careers. We would like to thank the Freehold Community for their support of our annual book sale which enables us to fund these yearly scholarships.

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