A brief history

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In 1987, members of the Diocesan Youth Commission decided to form a scholarship fund to assist young people entering post-secondary education. The scholarship was named for the Right Reverend Albert W. Van Duzer, eighth bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.

For more than fifty years, Bishop Van Duzer was an advocate for youth in the Diocese of New Jersey. He served as Youth Director from 1949 to 1954 and was a member of the Board of Youth Consultative Service from 1953 to 1963. Bishop Van Duzer was one of the founding members of Youth Events in the Diocese of New Jersey and shared his vision of a full-time Youth Director for the diocese.

The first scholarship was awarded in 1989. Since then, over 150 scholarships have been awarded to youth of the Diocese. Some of the recipients have continued in the tradition of Bishop Van Duzer and work with young people in and beyond the diocese.

Criteria

The purpose of the Bishop Van Duzer scholarship fund is to assist high school seniors preparing to enter their first year of accredited post-secondary education. Applicants should be aware that certain criteria will be considered in the awarding of scholarship funds: service to the local and wider church, community service, academic achievement, and financial need. This application and additional information must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in on time.

This fund is to assist high school seniors preparing to enter college and post- secondary education programs.

Criteria

The Van Duzer Scholarship fund has continued to grow over the years through donations from the Diocesan Youth Commission Committees of the diocese, congregations, and individuals. The family of Bishop Van Duzer has identified the Scholarship Fund as a desired recipient of gifts in Bishop Van’s Duzer’s memory.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete packets will not be considered.

The information included in the application is used to assess the applicants on four criteria:

  1. Church involvement – local convocational, diocesan, wider Episcopal Church (this criterion is given the highest weight)
  2. Financial Need (this criteria is also given the highest weight)
  3. Community involvement (you may include a letter of reference supporting applicant’s
    involvement)
  4. Student essay
  5. Scholastic performance

Application process

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship from the fund, you can download all the necessary forms (in PDF) here:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Application Form
  3. Personal Essay
  4. Student Activities Form
  5. Letter of recommendation from the Rector/Vicar or Youth Leader
  6. Letter of reference the student’s guidance counselor and transcript with SAT/ACT form
  7. A completed financial aid form –Page 1 only with your EFC amount. (can be obtained from student’s high school guidance department)

A letter to parents and students and an application checklist is found here.

Your application and additional information must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. You are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in by the deadline.

Mail your application and supporting forms to:

Wendy V. Blackman
Chair, Van Duzer Fund Board of Trustees
Diocese of New Jersey
808 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08618

For more information
Contact Canon Debi Clarke, Diocesan Youth Missioner: dclarke@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.