Fifty eligible Brookdale students will receive $1,000 in academic scholarships next year thanks to a $50,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River.
On Jan. 21, OceanFirst Bank senior vice president Nina Anuario and vice president Elaine Boyko visited the Lincroft campus to present Brookdale president Dr. Maureen Murphy and Brookdale Foundation executive director Timothy Zeiss with the grant, which will go toward the Foundation’s “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund.
The scholarship fund awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of Brookdale students each year, including local high school graduates and working-class who don’t qualify for financial aid.
“We deeply appreciate the OceanFirst Foundation’s continued support of our mission,” said Zeiss, executive director of the foundation and Brookdale alumni affairs. “Over the last six years we have received a total of $300,000 from the OceanFrist Foundation, making it possible for 300 students to receive $1,000 scholarships and further their educational goals.”
Since its founding in 1996, the OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to over 600 local charities and schools in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. The Foundation was established by OceanFirst Bank, a community-centered financial institution founded in New Jersey in 1902.
The Brookdale Foundation is a nonprofit student support organization governed by a volunteer board of area business and community leaders. The Foundation’s mission, like that of the OceanFirst Foundation, is to help local students build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities, Zeiss said.
“Thanks to this generous grant, 50 Brookdale students will be that much closer to their goals,” he said.
The OceanFirst scholarships will be awarded to 50 eligible incoming Brookdale students for the 2016-17 school year. To learn more about available Brookdale Foundation scholarships, click here. Learn more about the OceanFirst Foundation here.