The Rotary Club of Hillsborough announced today the availability of applications for their annual post-secondary school scholarship program for Hillsborough residents.  Now in its third decade, the program provides qualifying students with a scholarship to help offset the cost of their post-secondary education.

“We know that a post-secondary school education can play an important role in a student’s future success,” noted Amrik Sahota, chair of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Scholarship Committee.  “Over the years, our scholarships have been awarded to truly outstanding students who excelled not only in academic achievement, but in community service as well - a hallmark of Rotary.”
“Five of our eight scholarships bear the names of past members of our club who exemplified our motto of ‘Service Above Self,” commented Ben Rozenblat, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough. “We hope that their memories inspire the students to reach higher and always give back to their community.”

Six of the eight Rotary scholarships include five named scholarships and one unnamed scholarship, and are available only to Hillsborough High School (HHS) students.  In addition, one scholarship will be made available to a Hillsborough resident graduating from Somerset County VoTech, who will attend a post-secondary school, and another scholarship to a Hillsborough resident who attended a high school outside the Township, such as Immaculata High School.

Scholarship applications and deadline information for HHS students may be obtained from their school counseling department. Scholarship applications and instructions for VoTech and non-HHS graduates may be downloaded directly from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough website.  These non-HHS graduates must submit their applications by April 30, 2022.

Honoring Our Rotarian Community Service Heroes
The following five Rotary Scholarships have been established in honor of past members of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough who most exemplified our motto of “Service Above Self” throughout their lives:
The A. Dix Skillman (1916 – 2012) – a charter member and first president of the Rotary Club of (Belle Mead) Hillsborough, a Coast Guard veteran and lawyer. He served in many local municipal and volunteer capacities.
The Peter J. Biondi (1942 -2011) – served in NJ Assembly, Hillsborough Planning Board and Township Committee, including as mayor, and was an Army veteran.
The Fred D. Quick (1931 – 2019) – a life-long Hillsborough resident, served during the “Cold War” and Vietnam Conflict as an Air Force pilot achieving the rank of Colonel.  He started HESCO Lighting and served on numerous Township and County commissions over several decades.
The Michael Merdinger (1949 – 2016) – a 40-year resident of Hillsborough, member and past president of the Flagtown Fire Department and beloved Township Administrator.
The Vincent Lipani (1940 – 2021) – an Army veteran who started Central Jersey Nurseries over 50 years ago, served on the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment and served as a Board member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.