The SBEA Scholarship Program has been a long-standing tradition and a great source of pride for our Association. It is 100% funded by our own SBEA members who donate money every paycheck to enable us to grant these awards. This video highlights some of the scholarship recipients from recent years and how the money has helped them.

Based on current contributions, we anticipate continued ability to fund the three SBHS Local Scholarships (SBEA Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship, SBEA General Scholarship, and SBEA Future Educator Scholarship) and a small number of scholarships for Children of the Membership. We are currently raising funds to support a new Sean Cannon Memorial Scholarship as well. If you are unsure if you are contributing to the scholarship fund, or if you would like to start contributing, or increase your contribution, please see your building rep or reach out via email to sbeateam@gmail.com. If you would like to make a one-time contribution to the SBEA Philanthropic Fund rather than commit to payroll deductions, that may also be arranged. You can send a check payable to "SBEA Philanthropic Fund" to the attention of Annette Galaro, SBEA Scholarship Chair, at SBHS. Please be sure to include your name and building location so Annette can confirm receipt of the contribution.

We grant 3 different types of scholarships to students, noted below. Please contact Annette via email with any questions pertaining to any of our scholarship awards.

The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship
The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship provides a generous award to one South Brunswick senior every year. This scholarship, currently valued at $8,000, is payable at $2,000 per year over four years of college. The student selected is recognized for academic excellence (minimum 3.6 unweighted GPA), outstanding character, and community service as well as having a demonstrated financial need. Nominations are submitted in the Spring. The candidate selected to receive this scholarship is announced at the High School Senior Awards ceremony in June. Students may self-nominate for The Joyce Sherman Memorial Scholarship through Naviance when applying for local scholarships. This is in addition to SBEA members being able to nominate students.

SBEA Scholarships
There are two SBEA Scholarships, which are awarded to SBHS seniors, a general scholarship and a Future Educator scholarship for a student planning to major in education. SBEA General Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from SBHS with any intended college major. Students are required to submit an essay on "Who or what made your education in South Brunswick schools special?" Applications are reviewed based on academic promise and financial need. Each is in the form of a one-time scholarship valued at $1,000. SBHS students apply through Naviance as part of the local scholarship program. A committee made up of at least one SBEA member from each level (elementary, middle, and high school) reviews all of the applications, and winners are announced at the SBHS Senior Awards ceremony in June.

Children of the Membership Scholarships
In addition to the SBEA scholarships specific for SBHS graduating seniors, the Association also offers the SBEA Scholarship for Children of the Membership to graduating seniors pursuing higher education regardless of which high school they attended. The SBEA Scholarship Committee reviewed applications for 2022 and is pleased to announce five (5) awards this year. Award recipients are listed below in alphabetical order with the SBEA members' names and building locations listed in parentheses.

Conor Carr (Susan Berkey, Crossroads North)
Ethan Geddis (Liza Geddis, Deans)
Brynn Hopkins (Kristen Hopkins, Cambridge)
Jason Hunte (Karen Hunte, SBHS)
Giana Rappoccio (Roseann Cetta, SBHS)
Congratulations to all scholarship award recipients, and thank you to all those who applied. The committee enjoyed reading the applicants' essays and learning about their school and community activities as well as their future education plans. We wish we had the money to provide awards to all applicants, but unfortunately it was not possible. Please know that all applications were given full consideration.

Please note that this scholarship award may vary from year to year and is not guaranteed to be awarded. The actual number of scholarships and the amount to be awarded is determined each year based on donations to the SBEA Philanthropic Fund.

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
Member Contributions
Special thanks goes to all members who contribute to our SBEA Philanthropic Fund. These important contributions make funding our scholarships possible. If you are unsure if you are contributing, or if you would like to start or increase your contribution, please fill out this form, and we will contact you shortly with information.

Amazon Smile
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our scholarship fund, and there is absolutely NO cost to you. If you already have an Amazon account, you can use your same account for AmazonSmile. If you do not have an account, you can set one up for free. On your first visit, select South Brunswick Education Association Philanthropic Fund Inc., as your charity of choice. For more information about Amazon Smile, please click here.