Van Dellen Scholarship recipients for 2020 announced

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation is happy to announce Emily Ensslin and Ian Gurland as the Clarence H. and Florence Horn Van Dellen Scholarship recipients for 2020. The Van Dellen Scholarship is $5,000 a year for four years totaling $20,000.  The selection criteria for the scholarship are: Community Service, Academic Achievement (top 25% of class), Character, Financial Need and Leadership.

Emily Ensslin

Early in her life, Emily developed a desire to become a nurse and chose activities to support this decision. She has served as a Student Athletic Trainer since ninth grade. As a sophomore, she spent two weeks shadowing an internal medicine physician, both in his office and on visits to Overlook Hospital. Emily also joined the Westfield Rescue Squad, where she is training to attain EMT certification.

Emily has always very involved with community service, especially through St. Helen’s Church by volunteering at St Josephs’ Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth.  She coordinated the making and delivery of 175 handmade blankets for homeless individuals and veterans.

At Westfield High School, Emily was a member of the National Honor Society and earned Honorable Mention Cum Laude on the national Latin Exam.   Emily competed in Crew at WHS and served as captain of the high school team.  

Emily will study Nursing at Northeastern University this fall.  She plans on volunteering as an EMT on Northeastern’s campus.   For fun, Emily loves listening to music, working out (skiing, hiking, biking), hanging out with friends, painting, and making jewelry. 

Ian Gurland

At Westfield High School, Ian demonstrated academic excellence as well as a true commitment to building community and serving others. He shared his passion for science and music through leadership, serving as President of the WHS Science Olympiad Team and as Percussion Section Leader in the WHS Blue Devil Marching Band.

Ian was among the top fifty scorers in the nation in the US National Chemistry Olympiad, was selected for the New Jersey Region Band, and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He also co-led a social skills group for Westfield elementary schoolers and created a student-run technology help desk to aid his peers in adapting to remote instruction.

During the summer months, Ian enjoys performing atmospheric chemistry research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, improving his piano improv, and spending time with his four younger siblings.

Ian will be attending Brown University in the fall, where he plans to further his studies in science, mathematics and music, and hopes to find new opportunities to serve his community. He also plans to continue working hard to make his peers laugh no matter how hard the problem they are working together to solve.

The Westfield Rotary’s Scholarship Committee also selects several scholarship winners on behalf of funds administered by The Westfield Foundation.   Two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each to be paid over the course of four years. The recipients are Jeremy Kronheimer (Carnegie Mellon University) and Deborah Obiajulu (Harvard University).                                              

The recipient of the $5,000 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is William Litchholt (University of Pittsburgh).   The Wallace $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Casimir Malak (Mason Gross at Rutgers University).  In addition, the Linda Read Memorial Scholarship for $10,000 was awarded to John Czarnecki. The Read Law Scholarships were awarded to Emily Ensslin (Northeastern University), Theresa Lizzo (George Washington University) and Annabella Cerria (University of St. Andrews in Scotland) Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects.  In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted over $7,200,000 to various organizations.  Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents.

Van Dellen Scholarship Winners for 2019 Announced

The Westfield Foundation is happy to announce Brianna Hatch and Margaret Kelly as the Clarence H. and Florence Horn Van Dellen Scholarship recipients for 2019.  

Brianna was a true leader at WHS.  She was President of Student Government, Captain of the cross country and track teams, officer of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Class Council and Transition Outreach Leader.

Brianna Hatch

In addition, Brianna was a volunteer at Children’s Specialized Hospital, and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award (12 years in scouts) by writing and recording a CD with children with special needs.  Brianna graduated with a 4.279 GPA, while taking 11 Honors and 6 AP courses.  She intends to pursue either a double major in Political Science/Public Policy and Psychology and/or Journalism on a Pre-Law track.  She will be attending Washington and Lee University.  In the summer, Brianna spends hours writing music for vocals and piano, running through Westfield streets (yes, even in the blistering heat), and teaching drama to elementary school children at her church.  For Brianna’s senior project, she translated a song she wrote into sign language and taught kindergarteners at Lincoln School how deaf children experience music.  Brianna’s passion is rooted in advocacy, hence her decision to study Politics and Journalism.

Margaret earned multiple varsity letters in field hockey, winter track and spring track.  She led her field hockey team in scoring her junior and senior years at WHS.   She was first chair (section leader) in violin for the orchestra.  At Children’s Specialized Hospital, Margaret was a swim volunteer for their aquatics program.  She was also a peer leader and a member of the Pastoral Council at Holy Trinity Church. 

Margaret Kelly

Margaret graduated with a 4.191 GPA, with 10 Honors and 5 advanced placement courses.  She will be attending Boston University and plans to study biology, on the premed track.  In 8th grade, Margaret decided to become a pediatrician after seeing her uncle suffer with cancer and how her family struggled to let him go.  She wants to alleviate the suffering for patients and their families when dealing with a medical diagnosis, such as cancer.  Her interest in biology was sparked by two ‘amazing’ teachers, Mr. Brewster and Mrs. Dennis, who helped her to engage in the subject matter and encouraged her to pursue a biology degree.  For her senior project, she taught herself how to needlepoint and completed a pillow design that she handstitched herself.

The Van Dellen Scholarship is $5,000 a year for four years totaling $20,000.  The selection criteria for the scholarship are: Community Service, Academic Achievement (top 25% of class), Character, Financial Need and Leadership.

The Westfield Rotary’s Scholarship Committee also selects several scholarship winners on behalf of funds administered by The Westfield Foundation.   Two top scholarships were awarded in memory of Charles and Florence Wallace totaling $15,000 each to be paid over the course of four years. The recipients are Brianna Hatch and Lauren Kamienski (U. of Delaware).                                               

The recipient of the $5,000 Scholarship in Memory of Chester A. Gerdes, is Jack Gerris (Michigan State University).   The Wallace $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Daniel Han (Rutgers U.).  In addition, two Linda Read Memorial Scholarships of $4,000 each were awarded to Bridget Scaglione (University of South Carolina) and Carlee Swenson (Sacred Heart University). The Read Law Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each were awarded to Emma Herber (William and Mary) and Mackenzie Dulski (Villanova).

Over $155,000 was distributed in scholarships to students.  The complete scholarship listing can be found here.

Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects.  In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted over $6,400,000 to various organizations.  Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents. For more information about the Westfield Foundation grant or donor opportunities, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director at 908-233-9787.