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The Samuel A. Donio Foundation for Education awarded eleven scholarships totaling $23,000 to outstanding graduating seniors from Hammonton High School and St. Joseph High School at an awards ceremony held on July 15 at the Samuel A. Donio Memorial Library at Hammonton High School.

In addition to the students, officials of both schools as well as parents, grandparents and friends were present at the ceremony.

The students from St. Joseph receiving awards were Rocco Ordille, $4,000, and Catherine Duble and Dana DiRenzo, $1,000 each. Hammonton High School recipients were Charmaine Chew, Timothy Curcio and Erin Rehmann, $4,000 each, and Sergiy Dovgopol, Jane Donio-Enscoe, Zachary Goodwin, Emma Hearth and Lena Richards, $1,000 each.

The students are chosen by their schools based on academic and leadership skills. Each student chosen is eligible for the $1,000 award and they then submit an application to compete for the $4,000 awards. The students will attend colleges throughout the country and Canada in the fall.

The Samuel A. Donio Foundation for Education was created in 1999 in honor of the late Samuel A. Donio, a lifelong Hammonton area resident who served as solicitor to numerous boards of education in southern New Jersey. Donio combined his love of the practice of law with strong feelings about the importance of education. The Foundation seeks to continue his passion for learning by promoting education and education-related projects. In addition to awarding scholarships to local students, the Foundation has donated library collections to both area high schools and fully endowed a scholarship at Atlantic Cape Community College where Donio served on the Board of Trustees. Since 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to local graduates.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) recognized organization which accepts tax deductible donations and gifts from individual and corporate donors. Anyone interested in donating can contact Trustee Diane Donio at (609) 561-2172.

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