Local Scholarships and Awards

2018 - 2019 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 Mrs. Clark in the Main Office.  Late applications will NOT be accepted for any reason.  Most scholarships will be given out at our Annual Senior Scholarship and Awards Night in June.

* Please check this page for continual updates*

       Amy Lessman Courage Award - April 24

The “Amy Lessman Courage Award” is in memory Amy Lessman - mother, friend, mentor, role model, teacher, and inspiration to all who met her. Amy, a special education teacher in the West Deptford School District, courageously lost her battle with peritoneal cancer in 2014, but did not let this hardship define her. Through compassion and grit, she strengthened and inspired others and left a legacy of perseverance and kindness. The nominees for this scholarship should be a graduating senior, pursuing an education or training in a human services field, and who has exhibited those character traits that Amy exemplified in her own life, while in the face of adversity.  Interested applicants should download the attached and submit all necessary paperwork by the deadline. 

Thomas J. Weiner Scholarship  - April 30

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 - April 30

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  -April 26

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 - May 2

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 - April 25th

The West Deptford Junior Women’s Club will be presenting a $500 scholarship each to two qualified students at the West Deptford High School Commencement Exercises in June. Candidates must be committed to continuing his/her education, demonstrate skills of leadership, be of good character, and be involved in school and community service projects.

Write an essay of no more than 500 words on the following topic:
Pick a volunteer experience you have had outside of West Deptford High School and discuss its impact on you. The event in which you pick has to be no sooner than freshman year of high school. Essay should be typed on single-sided paper, double-spaced, pages numbered, with your name on each. Please attach completed essay and your resume to this application and hand into Mrs. Clark in the Main Office.

       Woman's Club of West Deptford - May 10

This $1000 scholarship will be presented to four 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 the attached application to be considered. 

       Chris Weber Memorial Scholarship - April 30

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 - April 26

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 - May 1

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 - April 29

The Gary A. Brockway Sr. Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750 is being awarded to two deserving senior student athletes who are in the top 30% of their graduating class and plans to further their 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 -  April 16

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. 

     Lois Culver Geater Woodbury Garden Club- May 1

The Greater Woodbury Garden Club will award up to five scholarships in the amoung of 500 to a graduating senior who plans to study one or more of the following fields in college: Agriculture/Crop or Plant Science; Botany; Earth Sciences; Floriculture or Nursery Production; Horticulture; and Landscaping Architecture or Design/Arborist.  The student's major must be approved by the GWGC before the scholarship can be awarded. All monies will be paid directly to the student's college/university. All interested applicants must have a minimum of a B average and complete the attached application and mail it in before the deadline. 

 Diana Demianenko Excellence in Athletics Award-  April 26

Diana Demianenko was a true pioneer in women's athletics. Not only did she play organized sports all through her high school and college career, but she competed at state and national levels. She went on to become a beloved Health and Physical Education Teacher here at WDHS, affectionately known as Miss Dee. Miss Dee dedicated 40 years at WDHS, serving as a three sport coach along with her regular duties as a teacher. 

This $1000 award will be presented in her honor to a multi-sport femaile athlete who has excelled in athletics throughout her four years at WDHS. This athlete must exemplify the highest qualities of good character, sportsmanship, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and school spirit. If interested, applicant must also submit a 500 word essay describing, "Why you feel you are deserving of this award." All applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a WDHS coach as well. 

   Lauren Berg/Hugh Garrison Sc
holarship (Lacrosse)-May 10

The West Deptford Lacrosse Club will award a one-time Scholarship totaling up to $1,000.00 to both a graduating senior female and male athlete who plan to attend an accredited Four Year College or University as a full-time (12 Credit Hours or more for the semester) student in the fall of 2019.

The scholarship is intended to award athletes for their participation in High School Lacrosse, their support of the West Deptford Youth Lacrosse Club, and their Community.

In order to be considered, all candidates must review the eligibility requirements and the application linked above and submit on time. 

   West Deptford Athletic Association (Football)-  May 10

The West Deptford Athletic Association will award a one-time Scholarship totaling up to $1,000.00 to a graduating senior athlete who plans to attend an accredited Four Year College or University as a full-time (12 Credit Hours or more for the semester) student in the fall of 2019.

The scholarship is intended to award athletes for their participation in High School Football, their support of West Deptford Youth Football, and their Community.

In order to be considered, all candidates must review the eligibility requirements and the application linked above and submit on time. 

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