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Press Release 090613

Press Release

September 6, 2013Contact:  Gregory Floyd                 973 984-9600       


Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) Provides Peace Of Mind To Hundreds Of The Area’s Neediest Parents And Students, Many Of Whom Live Near Or Below The Poverty Level!

With the help of a Tri-County Scholarship, more than 30,000 financially disadvantaged K-12th graders in Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties have been able to attend a high quality private school of their choice and began the first step in attaining their educational dreams.  Without TCSF, many of these promising young students and their families would have been left to fend for themselves in often failing inner city public schools.

Since 1981, TCSF has provided more than $20,000,000 in scholarships to thousands of the neediest children of Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties.  The majority of these children come from families that live at or below the poverty level.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and help students of all races, religions and backgrounds to attend private schools in grades K through twelve.

When given the opportunity, many Tri-County Scholarship recipeints have excelled.  This year, 99 percent of Tri-County’s high school seniors graduated, and 100 percent of that group have gone straight to college.  Among their accomplishments are full tuition scholarships to Cornell, Colgate, Notre Dame, Villanova and UCLA.

Tri-County Success Stories

Angeline Lopez, who grew up in Morris County and attended Morris Catholic High School with help from a Tri-County Scholarship, is now in her junior year at Villanova University, where she received a full scholarship.  Angeline is majoring in Accounting  and credits TCSF with fostering her early academic success.  “With the help of a Tri-County Scholarship, I was able to accomplish the first steps in attaining my educational dreams,” said Ms. Lopez.

Another Tri-County Scholarship recipient, Mayra Cespedes, immigrated with her mother to the United States from Peru as a young child and spoke only Spanish.  But within a few months, Mayra was working hard to learn English and doing well in school.  With the help of a Tri-County Scholarship, Mayra excelled at Mary Help of Christians Academy in Science and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend UCLA this Fall as a pre-med major.  Mayra, who hopes one day to be an oncologist, credits TCSF, along with her family and teachers, with helping to “shape me into the person I am.  I owe it all to them,” said Mayra.

As Angeline and Mayra head off to Villanova and UCLA, hundreds of K-12th grade students and their parents look ahead to another school year with the help of a Tri-County Scholarship.

TCSF Annual Dinner Targets $800,000 For Scholarships

TCSF hopes to meet its goal of providing more than $800,000 in financial assistance to hundreds of children in the upcoming school year through it’s annual awards dinner scheduled for October 28, 2012 at the Hanover Marriott.  This year’s award recipients are John C. Parry, Sr. Francis Raftery, S.C. and Walter and Irene Crum.

TCSF’s President, Gregory Floyd, looks to the October 28th awards dinner as a crucial event in meeting Tri-County’s commitments to so many students and their parents.  “The annual awards dinner historically provides almost 2/3 of our scholarships each year,” said Floyd.  “We could not meet the needs of so many children and parents without the generous support of extraordinary local businesses, community leaders and civic-minded individuals who stand up with TCSF year after year to provide children with an opportunity for a high quality education.”

Tri-County Scholarship Fund is a New Jersey-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, that is neither religious nor sectarian.  Through its scholarships, it has opened the door to a brighter future for thousands of New Jersey children.

For more information about TCSF or the Annual Awards Dinner, for interview opportunities or to make a donation, please contact Gregory Floyd at (973) 984-9600 ( or visit Tri-County’s web site at


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