MILLBURN, NJ – At a fund-raising event for underprivileged students attending the Diocese of Newark Schools, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills – Reverend Mgr. Robert E. Harahan – Honored for his commitment to education.
The Inner City Children’s Scholarship Fund raised $300,000 this year to fund partial scholarships to help disadvantaged students at Newark Parish schools. The annual party was held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange on November 11.
Hosted by television journalist Marsha McCallum, the ceremony was attended by nearly 300 guests, including Cardinal Joseph Tobin – Archbishop of Newark. Reverend Harahan was one of three people honored for their commitment to education at the event.
The silent auction also raised $35,000 for the fund.
Several scholarship recipients attended, including students from St. Joseph Carpenter’s School in Rozelle. Sean Bragdon, a student at Seton Hall Prep School in West Orange, spoke at the event and shared how a scholarship he received helped his single mother send him to Seton Hall while she worked four jobs to pay the bills.
“These scholarships make a huge difference in students’ lives,” said Dr. Michael Hartmann, CEO of SFIC. “They give the opportunity to have a really strong education and a bright future. Education is power. It opens doors for children who wouldn’t have to have doors otherwise. We are so grateful to all of our honorees, board members, and donors who made these scholarships possible.”
Originally founded in 1883, the Inner City Children’s Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization funded by corporations, foundations, and individual donors who wish to invest in the future of economically disadvantaged children living in nearby communities. In the past, the fund has provided more than $54 million in partial tuition assistance to students from Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.
Scholarships are based on need, regardless of religion, gender, race or ethnic backgrounds. Applicants’ families must provide proof of income and enrollment in one of the schools within the four counties they serve.
More information about the fund can be found here.