Students and Educators

Our Foundation's Scholarship

Our Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of multiple scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year, made possible by the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund, the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund and the Hearts for Emma Partner Fund. 

Click here to download the application.

Betsy Niles Scholarship
The Betsy Niles scholarship is offered in memory of Betsy Niles, a children's book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair. Betsy died in 2011 and, in keeping with her tradition of lifelong giving, her organs were donated. Betsy was known for always giving the perfect gift for every occasion. Betsy's last gift was the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

Missy's Miracle Scholarship
Missy's Miracle was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez's liver transplant. The program directly supports scholarships to high school students.

Hearts for Emma
The Hearts for Emma Partner Fund was created to directly support The Hero Act through the production and distribution of educational materials and related programs teaching the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be a New Jersey resident
  • Student must be a full time high school senior, who will be entering college in Fall 2020
  • Student must be must be an organ and tissue donation awareness advocate or personally affected by, or a family member of, someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation (i.e.: organ and/or tissue donor, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant, or died waiting for a transplant).
  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Employees of NJSN or the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Board Members of NJSN and the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

*Donation Awareness Advocacy: Organ and tissue donation awareness involves educating the general public about the importance of donation. A students’ advocacy and involvement in activities to promote organ, tissue and cornea donation as donation education and advocacy are major factors in determining scholarship awards.

Application Requirement Checklist:

Three letters of Recommendation

We ask that your involvement in organ and tissue donation education and advocacy activities be highlighted; a letter from a supervisor or program manager would be helpful.
*NJ Sharing Network or Foundation personnel are not eligible to write letters of recommendation.

Current Transcript 

Essay about organ and/or tissue donation

How organ and tissue donation has impacted your life, knowledge of organ and tissue donation, active participation in awareness events, etc.

Hint:  Organ and tissue donation awareness involves educating the general public about the importance of donation. You should elaborate on your activities to promote organ, tissue and cornea donation as donation education and advocacy are the major factors in determining the scholarship award.

Submission

After completing this application, please print and mail to the address below with all requested application requirements and paperwork:
The NJ Sharing Network Foundation, Attn: Ametra D. Burton, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.

Complete application must be received by Friday, March 20 at NOON.

Please Note:

  • All the above application requirements must be met in full.
  • All paperwork must be submitted in one single packet.
  • Applications which do not meet these requirements will be considered incomplete and applicants will be ineligible.

The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final.
Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing the application. 

Funding Requirements:
The scholarship funds will paid directly to the college/university in two installments (Fall/Spring).  Payment of the second half of the award will be contingent upon submission of a brief report (1 typed page) describing your recent achievements and activities involving organ and tissue donation education and advocacy, which will be due in December.  A school transcript will be required at that time. A minimum of a C average, or its equivalent, will be required for payment of the second half of the award.

 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Scholarship Awardees! 

The following individuals have been recognized for their commitment and dedication to organ and tissue donation advocacy: 

Aashi Faldu – John F. Kennedy Memorial High School | University of Florida Innovation Academy | Hearts for Emma Partner Fund
Kayla Flanders – Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Saint Joseph's University | Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund
Amelia Langan – Morristown High School | Northeastern University | Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund
Devin Norton – Manasquan High School | University of North Carolina, Wilmington | Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund
Christopher Piccininni – Fair Lawn High School | New Jersey Institute of Technology | Hearts for Emma Partner Fund
Michael Snyder – Steinert High School | Mercer County Community College | Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund

2019-2020 scholarship awardees (from left):  Nancie Rothman of the Hearts for Emma Partner Fund, Aashi Faldu, Christopher Piccininni, Michael Snyder, Dan Sarnowski of the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund, Kayla Flanders, and Missy Rodriguez of the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund. Not pictured: Amelia Langan and Devin Norton.

 

mural

Inspired by their visit to NJ Sharing Network, students from Renaissance Institute created this "Donate Life" mural in Jersey City.