The Anibal Ramos Jr. Civic Association awarded scholarships totaling $7,500 to 11 high school and college students from Newark.
ARJ Civic held an awards breakfast on July 20 at The North Ward Center.
Councilman-at-Large Carlos Gonzalez, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and Newark Public Schools Advisory Board member Josephine Garcia (middle row) stand with scholarship recipients.
"I am so proud of all of these students who worked so hard to get to where they are today," said Councilman Ramos. "I hope our scholarship will allow these students to have one less worry when they begin school in the fall."
Since he was elected in 2006 as councilman representing the North Ward of Newark, Councilman Ramos has been awarding scholarships to Newark students. ARJ Civic was formed as a non-profit organization a few years ago to accept donations from supporters who want to support scholarships for students. ARJ Civic also hosts community events in Newark and helps families in need.
Ramos, who grew up in Newark, attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. At the time, his mother began working part-time to pay the tuition. But she became ill, when he was a sophomore and could no longer work.
Ramos said a family who was a member of the church anonymously donated money to help pay his tuition.
"I always said if I had an opportunity in the future, one of my goals would be to establish a program to help other young people, like that family helped me," Ramos said.
Several of the students who received scholarships are immigrants to the United States who came to the country speaking little to no English. All overcame difficulties to achieve academic success.
Here are the 2017 scholarship winners:
High School Scholarships