For Spring 2019, the CHD Coalition is pleased to be awarding three scholarships to eligible graduating high school students. Applicants must have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease, and they must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a high school senior who will be continuing his/her education in an accredited college, technical, vocational or trade school.
- Be a resident of NJ or Metro NY (Metro NY consists of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Westchester or Rockland County).
- Have a congenital heart defect or acquired heart disease.
- Complete the application elements and submit application by the deadline.
Congratulations to the 2018 CHD Coalition Scholarship recipients, Nicholas DeMarco, Jenna Miller, and JonMikal Sepero! We wish them success and happiness in their future endeavors!
Having a heart defect did not curtail Nicholas from following his passion for baseball. Although he was unable to compete at the high school varsity level, Nicholas enjoyed playing with a local club team throughout high school. In the future, he hopes to make a difference in the lives of children and families with a CHD. Nicholas is full of potential and drive which will serve him well as he attends Sacred Heart University this coming fall.
Jenna has a huge appreciation for the medical staff that has cared for her over the years, and as a result, will be attending the nursing program at Widener University in the fall. She aspires to provide not just medical care -- but hope and inspiration to her future patients. Jenna has been incredibly involved in her school and home community, as well as holding a part-time job. She balances her many commitments with ease and grace.
Helping people is something that comes naturally to JonMikal, whether it was in the classroom or as an EMT volunteer where he has served over 100 hours in the local community. He has participated in the CHD Coalition’s Annual Walk to help raise awareness and funds for research. JonMikal is self-motivated and has excellent leadership abilities. These are traits that will serve him well as he attends Montclair State University in the fall.