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  • Back to School 2021 Newsletter

    President's Message Dear Friends of Tri-County, As another challenging new school year begins in the shadow of COVID, Tri-County celebrates the tenacity of our partner schools and scholarship students. We are grateful for the generosity of all of you who supported this great mission, coming through for the children at their time of greatest need. And the need continues. We must continue to be there for these children - to give their lives some sense of continuity and community, and the hope that is made possible through a safe, quality education. For this school year, Tri-County has awarded scholarships for 750 financially needy children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. That’s a record number of scholarships, including the renewal of emergency scholarships for the 200 children whose families were particularly hard hit by the economic impact of the pandemic. Know that there are an additional, equally needy, 1900 children on our scholarship waiting list. Join us in this important mission. We invite you to view and support the live-streaming 40th Annual Awards Celebration on October 25th. Please consider a scholarship donation. We ask you to do whatever you can, and know that you will be giving a life-changing opportunity to a grateful child. Thank you for making this difference in their lives. God bless you. With great appreciation, Prudence Pigott Read the Back to School Newsletter

  • Winter e-News 2022

    President's Message Dear Friends of Tri-County Scholarship Fund, The third year of the pandemic presents continuing financial challenges for inner-city families and our scholarship children. But at Tri-County Scholarship Fund, we are pleased to report that all 58 of our partner schools have remained open, teaching and nurturing the 770 children who have received one of our Tri-County Scholarships for this school year. This winter newsletter celebrates our students, our schools, and the donors and event honorees who will make this year of 2022 as rewarding as was last year’s 40th Anniversary of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. Thank you to all of you who continue to make it possible for these K-12th grade students to attend the safe, quality, independent schools that their families choose for their children, and just need a little financial help to afford. Thank you. You are making a difference in their lives. Please join us in 2022 as together we uplift even more children through education. With appreciation, Prudence Pigott Read the Winter Newsletter

  • Record-Breaking $2.25 Million for Scholarships Raised at Tri-County's 40th Annual Awards Celebration

    Tri-County Scholarship Fund raised a record-breaking $2.25 million in scholarship funds through its 40th Annual Awards Celebration on October 25, a virtual event, live streamed to over 900 guests, friends and supporters. Fulfilling the mission of Tri-County, the scholarships will go to financially disadvantaged Kindergarten -12th grade students in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties so they can obtain quality, values-based educations at accredited independent elementary and secondary schools. This year was a milestone 40th anniversary for the nonprofit, celebrating the 34,000 life-changing scholarships awarded since 1981. The giant cake created and donated by Carlo’s Bakery. This year's virtual gala honored three distinguished members of the New Jersey community. The Hall of Fame Award was presented to Navneet and Reema Puri, of the New Jersey based pharmaceutical firm, Nevakar. Navneet is Nevakar Founder and CEO. Reema is Senior VP of Human Resources. The Puri’s were recognized for their continuing contributions to educational opportunity for financially needy students in high school and beyond. They were introduced by Dr. Brian L. Strom, Chancellor of the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health. The Hall of Fame Award was also presented to longtime Tri-County Scholarship supporter and board member, Mr. Steven J. Goulart, Executive VP and Chief Investment Officer of MetLife and President of MetLife Investments, who was introduced by Mr. Thomas J. Healey, Tri-County Trustee Emeritus and former Hall of Fame honoree himself, currently Partner of Healey Development, retired partner Goldman Sachs, and former assistant Secretary for Domestic Finance of the US Treasury. The Making A Difference Award was presented to the Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust, represented by co-trustee, Michael Hanifin. The award, recognizing significant contributions to the Tri-County mission, was introduced by Tri-County Chairman, Joseph W. Spada, Private Wealth Advisor, Summit Financial. The 2021 Tri-County Awards Recipients: Tri-County Making a Difference Award recipient, The Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust, accepted by Co-trustee, Michael T. Hanifin, Steven J. Goulart, of MetLife, Inc. received the Tri-County Hall of Fame Award, Navneet and Reema Puri, of Nevakar, Inc. received the Tri-County Hall of Fame Award “We were thrilled to recognize three such distinguished honorees for Tri-County’s 40th Anniversary Celebration,” said Prudence Pigott, President of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. “All three honorees have been important supporters of the Tri-County cause. Because of their leadership and generosity the event was hugely successful, raising the funds for 800 scholarship children to attend safe quality schools next school year.“ The featured student speaker was Tri-County scholarship recipient Zorya Morgan, Paterson resident, and Senior Class President at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon. After her moving speech, Zorya was presented with the Bishop Sweeney Student Speaker Scholarship, an additional $500, on top of the Tri-County scholarship that she already receives. The Puri’s reflected on the reasons they support Tri-County,“The parents want to instill in their children the same values of hard work and social responsibility that our parents instilled in us. A quality education is the foundation of a purposeful life.” The online event began with a special “Red Carpet Pre-Show” featuring current Tri-County Scholarship recipients. Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery and Cake Boss fame, made an appearance, congratulating Tri-County and the students, and presented a special Tri-County 40th Birthday cake that was enjoyed by the students at St. Gerard’s school in Paterson. Dozens of other Tri-County scholarship recipients from Academy of St James in Totowa and Holy Spirit school in Pequannock were also featured. A student choir from DePaul Catholic performed the song “Firework.” Numerous Tri-County alumni presented their thanks and stories of success in college and careers. The event also celebrated the 53 Tri-County partner schools that all remained opened during the pandemic, practicing health protocols, and enabling their students to stay on track with their studies. Special guest, Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery. Remarked honoree Steve Goulart, “The work of Tri-County Scholarship Fund is meaningful, impactful and consequential. Supporting educational opportunity addresses the societal problem of poverty while cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. I am proud to support this great cause.” ABOUT TRI-COUNTY For the current 2021-22 school year Tri-County Scholarship Fund has awarded 750 scholarships for financially disadvantaged Kindergarten – 12th grade students to attend 53 different partner schools. This included extending emergency scholarships for 200 students whose families continue to be hard hit by the pandemic. Over the past 40 years, $35 million have been raised by the organization to fund more than 34,000 scholarships for needy children in our area. Scholarship recipients have gone on to the top colleges in New Jersey and throughout the country with Tri-County graduates currently attending Georgetown, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Seton Hall University, Montclair State, Colgate, Cornell, and Penn State, to name just a few. Those interested in watching a replay of the event or supporting Tri-County's mission are invited to go to or call the Tri-County offices at: 973-984-9600. Zorya Morgan, Senior Class President at Mary Help of Christians Academy was presented with the additional Bishop Kevin Sweeney Tri-County Scholarship award by Prudence Pigott, President of Tri-County. Steve Goulart with Tri-County scholarship recipients from Paramus Catholic High School.

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  • The Visionaries | Tri-County Scholarship Fund | New Jersey nonprofit

    About Tri-County The Visionaries Leadership Young Professionals Donors Partner Schools Staff Edward L. Hennessy, Jr. Ed and his late wife, Ruth, who was also a devoted friend of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. THE VISIONARIES Combining their talents, Ed Hennessy and Bishop Rodimer created the Tri-County Scholarship Fund. The Fund would exist to give financial scholarships to financially disadvantaged children in grades K-12 to go to accredited private and parochial schools. ​ They started the program with a fundraising dinner in 1981. As Ed likes to say: “the dinner cost me $50,000 and we brought in $45,000!” But it was a start, and suddenly many prominent business leaders knew about Tri-County, as it came to be called, and about the plight of young people who could not afford a good education. Ed and Bishop Rodimer lost no time in recruiting them to the board. Meanwhile, they visited the homes and families of many students. ​ There they met mothers and fathers who would forego a meal so that they could do their part in sending the children to the diocesan and parochial schools. And so, between the parents, the teachers and the business leaders, Tri-County took off. Most Rev. Frank Rodimer (1927-2018) Edward L. Hennessy, Jr. Historic Planned Gift of $1,000,000 – LEARN MORE

  • Apply Now | Tri-County Scholarship Fund

    Apply Now Freedom Scholar Applicants Only Freedom Scholar applicants must also download, fill out and return a supplemental application which provides us with the student's grades, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, and student essay. learn more Step 1: Students must apply to one of our partner school and indicate school of choice when applying for financial assistance. Please contact the school admission department or apply on line directly to the school by their deadline. View Partner Schools (School may have earlier deadline) Step 2: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by filling out the FACTS application online. Review eligibility and requirements here . Apply through FACTS February 15 deadline

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