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*

       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. 

Amy Lessman Courage Award - TBD

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
  - 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  -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 two graduating seniors who exemplify volunteerism and service to their school and/or community. Write an essay of no more than 500 words on the following topic: “Pick a volunteer experience you have had at West Deptford High School and discuss its impact on you.” Essay should be typed on single-sided paper, double spaced, pages numbered, your name on each. 

       Woman's Club of West Deptford - TBD

This $1000 scholarship will be presented to three 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 a brief summary of how this scholarship would benefit you and help you to 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. 

    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.

   WD National Art Honor Society Award- TBD

This $400 award will be given to a graduating senior planning a career in the art field, who is a current member of the National Art Honor Society.The student must have a unique portfolio that illustrates and demonstrates excellence in all mediums displayed. Students must submit the attached application and criteria in order to be considered.

   Lois Culver Geater Woodbury Garden Club- TBD

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-  TBD

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. 

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