Local Scholarships and Awards

2016 - 2017 Local Scholarships and Awards




Every year West Deptford High School gives out approximately 100 local scholarships and awards at the Graduation Ceremony and/or Senior Scholarship and Awards Night. Most of the scholarships are decided by the high school's scholarship committee; however, some of the scholarships are decided by the organization(s) providing the scholarship. 

Please check the qualifications for the scholarship and the due date. Some may need to be mailed by the due date, so please pay close attention to all details of the scholarships listed. Students can submit the completed applications to Ms. Saia in the Main Office.  Late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason.  Most scholarships will be given out at our 6th Annual Senior Scholarship and Awards Night in June.

* Please check this page for continual updates*

        Amy Lessman Courage Award - TBD

The “Amy Lessman Courage Award” is in memory Amy Lessman who was a positive role model and inspiration to her students, family and friends. Amy was a special education teacher in the West Deptford school district who lost her short battle with peritoneal cancer in 2014.

 The nominees for this award should be candidates who have exhibited those character traits that Amy exemplified in her own life. Amy filled her home and classroom with perseverance, integrity, responsibility, respect, laughter and her positive outlook.
A person of true character is someone who does the right thing when no one is looking. The winner of this award will be a graduating senior who has exemplified these same positive life skills to overcome a challenge in their own life.

Who May Nominate:
o Self-nominate
o Fellow student
o Any member of the West Deptford community - including friends, family, or school staff

Nomination Process:
o 250-500 word essay – legible
o Describe:
o Personal challenge/situation
o The determination and courage displayed by the student in response to this challenge
o Clearly list applicant’s name and if not self-nominated, the name and relationship of the person submitting the application

Remington and Vernick Engineers Scholarship - TBD
In 1993, Remington & Vernick Engineers established a civil engineering scholarship program. We have recently expanded this program to cover all individuals interested in any of the many disciplines found in engineering. This program awards several $500 scholarships to qualified individuals who are residents of our client municipalities. 
The purpose of the scholarship program is two-fold. First, we wish to demonstrate our appreciation to our clients by helping students in the communities we serve defray the cost of higher education. Secondly, we award two of the annual scholarships to women and/or minority students to stimulate an interest in the field of engineering. Lastly, all winners will receive a paid 7-week internship position with the firm during the summer following their freshman year of college. Qualified candidate must demonstrate financial need, maintain a "B" average in high school, and plan to pursue  studies in Engineering at an accredited college.
If interested in this opportunity, please complete the attached application and return by the due date. 

Thomas J. Weiner Scholarship  - TBD

The $1000 "Thomas J. Weiner Scholarship" is given to a student who has a strong work ethic, always puts forth his/her best effort and displays good character.  All interested students must submit a resume that includes class rank, GPA, and activities/honors in order to be considered.

     West Deptford Education Association Scholarship - TBD

This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who is pursuing a degree in Education. Students must submit a resume and a one-page letter to the WDEA committee explaining why he/she has chosen to enter the field of education and who has inspired him/her to do so.

    Kiwanis Club of Greater Woodbury Scholarship in memory of Lois Currier -TBD

This $300 scholarship is given in the memory of Lois Currier to a deserving student(s) who demonstrates scholarship, leadership,and makes contributions to the Key Club as a member of the WDHS Key Club.

      Charles B. McNally Memorial Scholarship -TBD

This $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who is continuing his/her education at a college or university, whose academic rank is in the top quarter of his/her class, and who has displayed community service, leadership, and character.

       West Deptford Junior Woman's Club - TBD

This $500 scholarship will be presented to three graduating seniors who exemplify volunteerism and service to their school and/or community. Write an essay of no more than 400 words on the following topic: “How has your volunteer experience shaped your plans for the future?” Essay should be typed on single-sided paper, double spaced, pages numbered, your name on each. 

       Women's Club of West Deptford - TBD

This $1000 scholarship will be presented to two students who are continuing their education and who have demonstrated the criteria of leadership, character, and service to their community and school. The WCWD would like to invite students who are planning to attend a Vocational/Technical School, the US Military, a 2-year college, and a 4-year college to apply for this scholarship. Students must submit 500 words discussing your career choice and how this scholarship can help you obtain your goals. 

       Chris Weber Memorial Scholarship - TBD

This $500 scholarship will be given to a male and female candidate who exemplify scholarship and an interest in promoting soccer in West Deptford. The applicant must have played high school soccer and/or for the West Deptford Soccer Club and must attend a college or post-secondary school.

        Lt.Kenneth B. Dechen Scholarship - TBD

This $1000 scholarship is to honor one graduating senior in loving memory of Lt. Kenneth B. Dechen of the West Deptford Police Department.Mr. Dechen was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle,and friend. He played a vital role in the lives of others. His ability to have fun and make others laugh allows us to keep his memory alive. Mr. Dechen also believed that the value of a good education was very important in fulfilling life's dreams. This candidate should mimic his fun-loving personality, his devotion to his family and friends, but also his passion for education.

He/She must plan to attend a four-year college and obtain a bachelor's degree. He/She must be entering the field(s) of Healthcare or Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement. The candidate should show the following characteristics: good moral character,good community standing, no disciplinary problems in school or from the police department.

Please submit a 500 word essay on: "Why you want to study law enforcement or enter the healthcare field" OR write a reflection paper regarding"Why it would be an honor to be the recipient of a scholarship in memory of Lt. Kenneth B. Dechen". Please include a letter of recommendation with your application.

        Eagle Leadership Award - TBD

In order to qualify for this $1000 scholarship, students must write an essay outlining their life experiences as a leader and how they've consistently demonstrated the following attributes while leading:  one who values people over possessions; one who leads by example; one who leads with integrity and passion,pushing others towards their own goals and accomplishments; one who is a motivator of others; one who always remains optimistic and develops the desire in others to accept constructive critique to improve themselves; and one who listens to others,empowers the team, and then leads based on the collective vision. We are looking for someone who "like an eagle, can soar above the problems of today - sometimes alone - helping people focus on solutions with a bigger perspective". 

       Gary A. Brockway Sr. Memorial Scholarship - TBD

The Gary A. Brockway Sr. Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750 is being awarded to two deserving senior student athletes who is in the top 30% of his/her graduating class and plans to further his/her education. The recipients must display character, leadership, determination, and a strong work ethic. These awards are given in memory of Gary A. Brockway Sr. who raised six children through the West Deptford school system.  He served on the West Deptford Board of Education,worked at West Deptford High School, and coached youth sports for many years.  All interested students must fill out the attached application form and write a 1-2 page essay describing how athletics has influenced his/her life.

     West Deptford Lions Club Scholarship -  TBD

A $500 scholarship will be given to a student furthering his/her education at a college/university or a technical/trade school who has financial need, has displayed scholarship, perseverance,and leadership skills.  Candidates interested must submit a letter of application stating why he/she feels deserving of this award. Please review the attached that explains the specific criteria for the letter of application. 

    Greater Woodbury Garden Club Scholarship - TBD

This $500 scholarship will be given to a graduating senior who will major in one of the following subjects at a college, university, or trade school: Agriculture/Crop or Plant Science; Botany; Earth Sciences; Floriculture/Nursery Production; Horticulture; and Landscaping Architecture or Design/Arborist. All interested candidates must: complete the attached application, written component, and return to the Guidance Counselor by April 29th. The counselor will then mail the application paperwork to the Garden Club for a decision.

    Art Club Award- TBD

This $100 award will be given to a graduating senior planning a career in the art field, who has been involved in co-curricular activities and has displayed leadership ability. The student must submit the attached application along with 5-10 art pieces for evaluation in order to be considered.


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