Local Scholarships and Awards

Local Scholarships and Awards

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH APPLICATION DESCRIPTIONS
AND DUE DATES STARTING MARCH 1, 2021   

 

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 Character Award - due by April 29th
The "Amy Lessman Character Award" is in memory of Amy Lessmann - 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 exhibit these character traits that Amy exemplified in her own life, while in the face of adversity.
This $1000 award will be given to a graduating senior who is accepted into a 2 or 4-year program at a university/college or technical school with a focus on public services/human services. Please review the attached for specific examples of these areas of study and, if you are interested, submit an essay and one letter of reference as stipulated in the attached criteria. 

Lt. Kenny Dechen Scholarship - due by May 6th
     This 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. We are looking for a candidate that will mimic his fun-loving personality, his devotion to his family and friends, but also his passion for education.
There is one scholarship to be awarded for the year. The amount of the scholarship will be $1,000.00 The following are other criteria for this scholarship: The candidate must have plans to attend a college of their choice for 4 year/ Bachelors Degree. They must be entering the fields of either Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement or the Healthcare/Medical Field. This candidate should also show the following characteristics: good moral character, good standing in the community, and no disciplinary problems within the school system or from the police department.
Please submit a 500 word essay “Why I want to study law enforcement or enter the healthcare field” or write a reflection paper “Why it would be an honor to be the recipient of a scholarship in memory of Lt. Kenneth B. Dechen”. We ask that you supply a written letter of recommendation from a West Deptford High School teacher along with your essay. 

WD Women's Club Scholarship - due by May 11th
This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to four (4) senior students who are continuing his/her education by planning to attend a Vocational/Technical School, the US Military, a 2-Year College, or a 4-Year College. All are encouraged to apply by completing the attached application and a short written response as to how this scholarship will benefit you and why you should be considered. 

The Greater Woodbury Garden Club Scholarship - due by May 1st
The Greater Woodbury Garden Club (GWGC) will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $500 to a graduating senior who is accepted into a college, university, or trade school with plans to study one or more of the following: Agriculture/Crop or Plant Science, Botany, Earth Sciences, Floriculture or Nursery Production, Horticulture, or Landscaping Agriculture or Design/Arborist.
The student's major must be approved by the GWGC before the scholarship can be awarded. All monies are paid directly to the school designated by the winners. 
Interested students must have a minimum B average. If you are interested, please complete the attached application and return to Main Office by May 1st. 

Charles B. McNally Scholarship- due by May 6th
The Charles B. McNally Scholarship in the amount of $2000 will be awarded to a graduating senior who is continuing his/her education at a college/university, whose academic rank is in the top quarter of the class, and who has displayed community service, leadership, and good character.
All interested students should complete the attached application and return to the Main Office by the due date.

Thomas J. Weiner Scholarship - due by May 1st
The Thomas J. Weiner Scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to a student who has a strong work ethic, always puts forth his/her best efforts, and displays good character.
All interested students should submit a resume in order to be considered. 

Gary A. Brockway Sr. Memorial Scholarship- due by May 5th
The Gary A. Brockway Sr. Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750 will be awarded to two (2) deserving student athletes who are in the top 30% of their graduating class and who are furthering their education. These recipients must display character, leadership, determination, and a strong work ethic.
These scholarships are given in the 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 complete the attached application along with an essay and submit to the Main Office by the due date. 

WD Junior Women's Club Scholarship - due by May 1st
The West Deptford Junior Women's Club (WDJWC) will be presenting two (2) scholarships in the amount of $500 each to qualified students who plan on continuing his/her education, who have demonstrated skills in leadership, who have displayed good character, and who have been involved in school/community related service projects.

West Deptford Education Association (WDEA) Scholarship- due by April 20th 
The West Deptford Education Association will provide a $1000 scholarship to a deserving student who is planning a career in education and who has a weighted GPA of a 90% or better. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter of interest explaining why he/she is choosing the field of education along with a list of any activities/clubs in which he/she is currently involved. 
After the WDEA panel of teachers reviews these letters of interest, each student candidate will be called upon for a short interview on or around the dates of 4/27-5/8. Students' schedules will be considered so as not to interfere with instructional time. 

Eagle Leadership Award - due by May 7th
The Cianfarini Family will provide a $1000 scholarship to a deserving student whose essay best demonstrates how he/she has performed as a leader. 
The ability to lead, when fully developed, is the ability to motivate others to participate in the accomplishment of big things. Society depends on you and your generation, to make the world better. Without leaders willing to make life better, the world decays and people are hurt. Many will tell you, “You Can’t”, “It’s too difficult”, “Nobody will buy into that”, “That idea is stupid”, etc... But consider this quote from Henry Ford, “Weather you think you can, or you think you can’t - you are right”.
The Eagle Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to the student whose essay best demonstrates how he/she has performed as a leader. Apply for this scholarship, no matter how small you feel your leadership roles have been in the past. As you will see from the following criteria it does not matter if you ever held an official title or made any huge goal happen. We would like you to explain how you functioned in your role as a leader. The process, what you learned, and how you intend to use those skills in the future is what is important. To help you focus your effort, following are the details we would like you to include.
1.) Explain how a person you have looked up to has influenced your own ideas and ideals that you now value in a leader. Think of someone who influenced you to do more or be more than you otherwise would be without their influence.
2.) Explain how you positioned yourself to lead an individual or a group to accomplish a goal. Official titles don’t matter here. You can be a leader without ever being given an official title. What did you do to entice another person or group to want to follow your lead?
3.) Explain how you implemented the following in your role as leader: • Establishing a culture of integrity, passion, humility, acceptance, and empowerment. • Developing goals and perspective then distributing responsibility. • Positioning yourself as a servant, teaching and influencing individuals to think bigger and strive to accomplish more by working together. • Maintaining authority, optimism, dealing with setbacks, and adjusting how you lead. • Publicly and privately championing individuals and their accomplishments.
4.) The world can be made better or worse by the actions of a single person. You were born with unique gifts to make a difference in this world. Explain how you will maximize the investments this community has made in your education to better the world in the years to come.

Diana Demianenko Memorial Excellence in Athletics Award - due by May 4th
This $1000 scholarship is given by the Diana Demianenko Memorial Fund to a multi-sport female athlete who has excelled in athletics throughout her 4-year WDHS career. This athlete exemplifies the highest qualities of good character, sportsmanship, loyalty, integrity, and school spirit. 
All interested seniors must complete the attached application and 500 word essay by the due date. 

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