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.

Foundation Announces End of Year for 2018

Westfield – In 2018, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $278,000 in grants to 26 different agencies, among them: the Westfield Service League, Our House Foundation, Flintlocks BSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alzheimer’s Association, Arts Power and the YWCA Union County.  The diversity of grant recipients is a testament to the fact that the Foundation’s grants impact many lives. 

The foundation focuses on four sectors: Education, Health, Social Services and the Arts. For 2018, 46% of the grants were for educational requests, 5% for health, 44% for social services and civic and 5% for the arts.

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects, so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need.  In 2018, the Foundation provided a major grant toward the renovation of Mindowaskin Park, which recently opened to the public.  In addition, the Foundation funded a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math classroom at Westfield High School.  These major grants were from the Bertha Bogaert Fund held at the Foundation.

In the fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed $68,000 to 7 organizations. Recipients included Social Justice Matters, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra and Community Access Unlimited.

Currently, the Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation has added the capability of making a secure donation, via their website, for the first time. 

The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign per year. If you wish to donate by check, to the foundation’s current annual appeal, donations may also be sent to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091.

If you have questions about making a donation or are interested in creating a ‘family legacy’, which would benefit the community for years to come, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email using our contact form. Thank you for giving back to our community.