Spring has arrived and with it comes the return of baseball season and the Home Runs for Heroes program. Were excited to announce our seventh year of working together with the Lakewood BlueClaws - a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies and Townsquare Media to support our military heroes. To date, the program has provided $164,000 in grants to local charities that meet the emergency basic needs of shore area veterans and service men and women active and retired - and their families during difficult times.
The program ties each charity partner to an inning and every home run hit by the BlueClaws at First Energy Park during the charitys designated inning earns them a $1,000 donation.
Our charity partners that will be cheering on the BlueClaws (by inning assigned):
1st - Army Emergency Relief
2nd - American Recreational Military Services and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
3rd - Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
4th - National Guard State Family Readiness Council
5th - GI Go Fund
6th - Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund
7th - Chariot Riders (Horses for Heroes)
8th - American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter
9th - Vetgroup
See you at the ballpark!
Great news for the Class of 2015! Building on its long-standing tradition of supporting higher education, OceanFirst Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University and Ocean County College for scholarships that will help high school graduates from the Jersey Shore area pursue their education. In the past five years, 700 local high school graduates have received $1,000,000 in scholarship assistance and this year 140 incoming college freshman will be added to the list of OceanFirst Scholarship recipients.
Ocean County College is grateful to the OceanFirst Foundation for its continued support of education and our local students, said Heather S. Barberi, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation. At a time when college costs across the country are on the rise, scholarship support is critical. The OceanFirst Foundation is not only supporting students on their educational journey, they are expanding their opportunities for success in the future.
Each school will use their $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for tuition, fees and books to incoming full-time freshmen for the fall semester of 2015. Scholarship recipients at Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College will each receive $1,000 awards and at Georgian Court University and Monmouth University scholarship recipients will each receive $2,500 awards. Each College/University will evaluate all scholarship applications and select recipients based on the College/University's existing policies and procedures for awarding scholarships. Selection decisions are made completely independent of OceanFirst Foundation. Representatives of OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, including all employees and board members, do not participate in the selection process.
The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is May 1, 2015. The application is available under Ideas and Resources/Sample Documents on our home page or also at the participating colleges and universities.
Congratulations to Kimberley Gokberk of Neptune City, NJIT sophomore and 2014 recipient of the Carl Feltz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established by the Foundation in 2011, honors the contributions of long-time Board member, Carl Feltz, Jr. and helps a local student pursue a degree in Architecture.
In her freshman and upcoming sophomore years at NJIT, Kimberley was/is the recipient of both the Honor's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship. Kim's long term goal is to work in a global firm designing in urban areas to develop large scale buildings.
Keep up the great work Kimberley!
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