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    • The World Needs More Aarons

      Aaron McLean DePaul Graduate and Rutgers Pre-Med Student

    • Winter e-Newsletter

      PRESIDENT"S MESSAGE 2020 is off to a great start! Due to the efforts of our Board, Annual Awards Dinner Honorees, and supporters, Tri-County was able to help even MORE K-12 th  grade students for the second semester of this school year – totaling a record 560 scholarships for the 2019-20 school year! Our supporters have made it possible for these children to attend better, safer values-based schools.  Thank you! Please join us for these inspiring and fun upcoming Tri-County events: April 2: The 8th Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon May 19: Our 7th Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Dinner June 1: The 28th Annual Tri-County Golf Invitational at Morris County Golf Club October 26: Tri-County's 39th Annual Awards Dinner Stay tuned for exciting honoree announcements! With appreciation on behalf of our grateful students, Prudence Pigott VIEW THE WINTER e-NEWSLETTER

    • Press Release 101513

      Press Release October 15, 2013Contact:  Gregory Floyd                 973 984-9600        TRI-COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO HONOR WALTER AND IRENE CRUM AT OCTOBER 28, 2013 AWARD DINNER Walter and Irene Crum, who together have committed more than 50 combined years to education, will be honored by the Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) at its 32nd Annual Awards Dinner on October 28, 2013.  In an interview with TCSF’s President Gregory Floyd, the Crums share their views on education and demonstrate why they are being honored for their commitment. Walter and Irene Crum have spent most of their careers teaching at Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, New Jersey.  Walter joined the faculty of Oratory after graduating from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1974.  For 35 years, he taught all levels of Chemistry and Physics (and even Health and Physical Education when needed).  For the past six years, Walter has served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Oratory, spearheading a $10 Million capital campaign designed to improve facilities and make more scholarship money available to needy students.  Walter also served as the Student Council Advisor for 25 years, moderated an early club ice hockey team, coached basketball and received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1994.  His annual ski trips around the world have become part of Oratory lore. Irene is also a Science teacher.  She came to Oratory after four years at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.  Mrs. Crum received a B.S. in Biology from St. Peter’s College in 1975, and completed her Comprehensive Science K-12 N.J. Certification in 1976.  She has taught Science, Math and Religion courses in her many years in education. Walter and Irene’s commitment to education isn’t limited to the classroom.  They have raised four sons, all of whom attended Oratory.  They are blessed with two granddaughters and a grandson, who they hope will one day enter the Oratory Class of 2026! “Tri-County is proud to honor Walter and Irene Crum for their many years of dedication to education and commitment to Tri-County’s mission to help bring quality education to our area’s neediest children,” said Gregory Floyd. The Interview In an online interview, Walter and Irene shared some of their wisdom gained over a combined 50 years of dedication to education as teachers and parents: Question:  Having spent many years personally involved in the education of young people, what do you believe are the most important goals in K-12 education? Walter and Irene:  “We believe the most important goals involved in a quality K-12 education are: Learning how to think Learning right from wrong Developing  a true moral compass Becoming responsible Knowing how to give 100% in whatever you do Providing an excellent academic experience while allowing for the full expression of faith and values.” Question:  How have you witnessed the difference that quality education can make in the life of a child? Walter and Irene:  “When a young person starts off life with a quality education, we have seen how doors open: to numerous career possibilities, to leadership roles in communities and corporations, to vocations in our Church and in a willingness to give back through service.  In the environment of an excellent school, we have seen so many students grow academically, spiritually and socially as they are given the freedom to develop their talents.” Question:  What are you most proud of in your tenure at Oratory Prep? Walter and Irene:  “Two things come to mind: 1 – that we were able to live out our vocation and still raise a family of four sons while continuing to work in Catholic schools; and 2 – that so many of our students were recognized by our state for their knowledge of science, and by other local academic competitions in religion, academic bowls and tournaments.” Question:  What attracted you to Tri-County? Walter and Irene:  “We first learned of Tri-County while Irene was teaching at St Vincent DePaul in Stirling.  We were very impressed by the student recipients we met at one of the TCSF dinners, and by those who supported them.” Question:  Finally, what words of encouragement would you give to TCSF recipients and their parents who struggle to overcome challenges to obtaining a quality education? Walter and Irene:  “As a parent, the best gift we could give our four sons was a faith based education.  We are happy to report that all four still go to church and are involved in their faith and in their communities.  Parents, the price is high and we also have to give 100%.  It took us 2 jobs to make it happen.  Reach out to relatives, look into scholarships or get a second job and pray for Divine guidance.  You CAN do it!  Recipients, get a job during the summer, read as much as you can, stay up late until your homework is done.  Get involved in school’s activities.  Work with your teachers, and pray for help from our Creator.  We are so happy to see you use your gifts and talents!” The 2013 Awards Dinner To hear more from Walter and Irene, please attend TCSF’s Annual Dinner on October 28, 2013 at the Hanover Marriott.  The TCSF Annual Dinner seeks to raise $800,000 to provide hundreds of scholarships for some of the area’s neediest children. Since its founding in 1981, TCSF has provided more than $20,000,000 in scholarships to thousands of the neediest children of Morris, Sussex and Passaic 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. – 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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    • Golf Invitational | Tri-County Scholarship Fund

      Annual Golf Invitational co-sponsor: co-sponsor: Save the Date The 29th Annual Golf Invitational will be Monday, June 7, 2021 at the Morris County Golf Club Morristown, NJ 2020 Photo Gallery Take a Swing for Education Tri-County Scholarship Fund provides K-12 scholarships to deserving and financially disadvantaged children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties so they can obtain a high quality, values-based education at accredited private elementary and secondary schools that will enable them to achieve their full potential.

    • Events | Tri-County Scholarship Fund | New Jersey

      Events All Tri-County Events: ​ raise awareness of our cause showcase the success of the students that we assist create new and lasting friends raise the funds we need to support our mission Honoree Events Fun-raising Events Young Professionals Events School Visits Honoree Events At each of our awards events, Tri-County honors individuals and organizations who value education and share our compassion for giving educational freedom to financially disadvantaged students. View Our Past Honorees Virtual Streaming Gala The 2020 Annual Awards Celebration raised $2 Million for Scholarships VIEW EVENT PAGE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 8th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon VIEW EVENT PAGE ​ POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 GET AN INVITE 7th Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner VIEW EVENT PAGE ​ POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 Fun-Raising Events Connect with other supporters who share your value of education and your compassion for helping financially disadvantaged families give their children opportunities for success. Bring your friends, meet new friends, and have fun as you support scholarships. REGISTER TODAY! 28th Annual Golf Invitational VIEW EVENT PAGE New Date! September 14, 2020 GET AN INVITE 3rd Annual Sporting Clays Classic VIEW EVENT PAGE Coming Sept. 24, 2020 VIEW PHOTOS and VIDEO Chili Bowl II Fundraiser VIEW EVENT PAGE We had a great night on January 31st! Young Professionals Events GET AN INVITE! Fiddle Fest at Fiddler's Elbow CC Coming in September 2020 VIEW PHOTOS and VIDEOS Chili Bowl II Fundraiser VIEW EVENT PAGE We had a great night on January 31st! Tickets and Sponsorships Senior Recognition & Alumni Awards Dinner ​ Canceled this year School Visits Come visit our excellent partner schools. About once per academic quarter during the school year, Tri-County trustees and supporters enjoy the opportunity to visit our students at their schools, and remind them that we are among their biggest fans.​ ​ Join us at an elementary school to see the children thriving in their classrooms, or attend a high school visit and participate in some rewarding student mentoring. Attend an Upcoming School Visit ​ We have a school visit to a partner high school in February. If you are interested in joining us to see the good work of Tri-County in action, please send us an email for details. Send Email K-8th School Visit High School Mentoring

    • Our Impact | Tri-County Scholarship Fund | New Jersey nonprofit

      Our Impact By the Numbers Student Outcomes Testimonials TRI-COUNTY is a game-changer TRI-COUNTY by the numbers 100 % 720+ $28.5 MM 32,500 High School graduation rate again in 2020 Scholarships awarded in 2020/21 Total dollars of scholarships awarded since 1981 Total number of scholarships awarded since 1981 But still there are 1900 MORE equally deserving children on this year's waiting list. STUDENT OUTCOMES we measure our success by theirs Read More Alumni Success Stories BEST WISHES to the Class of 2020 All 58 Class of 2020 Tri-County scholarship recipients have graduated and are entering college in the fall. Our students have indicated their interest in pursuing majors in Engineering, Computer Science, Nursing, Pre-med, health science, business, finance and accounting. We are beaming with pride and commend them on their hard work. VIDEO TESTIMONIALS that showcase our impact “Education is the simple answer to so many of the fixable problems in our country and in our state. Tri-County makes that quality education possible for the most financially vulnerable children. In this way Tri-County is a “game-changer” – not only for the children, but for all of us who care about our community, and who want to make a meaningful difference.” — Prudence Pigott, President TCSF ​

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