essex county commissioners honor winners of the 2022 new jersey association of counties (njac) foundation, investors bank, amazon and shi international scholarship awards

Essex County 2022 NJAC Scholarship Presentation – (pictured from left to right) Essex County Commissioner Robert Mercado, Essex County Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson, scholarship recipients Ashley Sanchez and Egypt Pringle, Essex County Commissioner Brendan W. Gill, Essex County Commissioner Romaine Graham, and Essex County Commissioner Patricia Sebold.” (Photo by Lloyd Holmes)

(Newark, NJ) – The Essex County Board of County Commissioners recently honored Jason Fernandez of Bloomfield, Egypt Pringle of Belleville, and Victor Lebron and Ashley Sanchez, both of Newark, for being named the Essex County recipients of the 2022 Scholarship Program Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Foundation. The ceremony recognizing the recipients and their families was held at the Hall of Records after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

The scholarship awards recognize distinguished students from technical and vocational schools who plan to pursue higher education in the State of New Jersey. The NJAC Foundation – in conjunction with corporate partners Investors Bank, Amazon, and SHI International – award the grants to fund the honorees continuing education at a county college, or a state college or university.

Jason Fernandez, who received the award from NJAC and SHI International, is a recent graduate of Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology. He excelled academically throughout high school with a 4.1 GPA and a class ranking of 25 out of 314. In his spare time, he tutors students in need of assistance and volunteers at an annual clothing drive for veterans in Newark. He plans to attend New Jersey Institute of Technology in the fall where he will pursue a career in Computer Science.

Egypt Pringle, who received her scholarship from NJAC and Investors Bank, is also a recent graduate of Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology. In addition to earning Honor Roll for several marking periods throughout her time at Payne Tech, she played on the Girls’ Soccer team and served as a manager for the Boys’ Basketball team. She plans to attend Montclair State University where she will major in Psychology. She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

Victor Lebron, a 2022 graduate of the Newark Tech School of Technology, is a hard-working student who has dedicated himself to enriching the lives of students and faculty. He is always searching for ways to contribute to his school and takes pride in participating in church activities, volunteer work, and other community-based programs. His compassion and commitment to helping others makes him truly special. He plans to attend Rutgers University – Newark campus.

Ashley Sanchez, a 2022 graduate of West Caldwell Tech, is a hardworking student who helps others in various ways, including assisting her peers and teachers who face language barriers. She earned Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll every marking period since 10th grade.  She is also a member of the National Honor Society and participates in the Key Club and Student Council. Her true passion is her love for animals, and she plans to dedicate her life to helping them remain healthy. She will attend Rutgers-New Brunswick and major in Pre-Veterinarian studies.

The Essex County Board of County Commissioners congratulates Jason, Egypt, Victor, and Ashley on receiving their scholarships awards, and wishes them great success in all their future endeavors.

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