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Ensuring bright futures


At the Y, we believe that education is the foundation for a bright future. We offer several scholarships to advance academic achievement among local students.

Applications are closed for this year.  Please check back in January for 2020 scholarship information and deadlines. Please refer to the criteria for specific requirements and details.

Somerset Hills YMCA

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John Fanning Scholarship
Arianna Minassian  
2019 John Fanning Scholarship Recipient

The John Fanning Scholarship Award recognizes a high school senior from the Somerset Hills Area who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and leadership in the community while pursuing excellence in academics. The award of $1,000, which must be used only for educational purposes, was established in memory of John Fanning to honor his spirit and qualities as a dedicated volunteer committed to strengthening the Y and the community. Fanning was a friend and past board chairman of the Somerset Hills YMCA and, as a former Bernards Township Superintendent of Schools, was a passionate leader for higher learning.

John Fanning Scholarship Criteria

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 Declan McParland 
  • 2017 Victoria Vena
  • 2016 Duncan Roberts
  • 2015 Tyler Beaudet
  • 2014 Matthew Lubas & Caitlin Taylor
  • 2013 Bridget Lee
  • 2012 Marisa Rossy
  • 2011 Emily Wheatley
  • 2010 Gabriella DeMarco

"With how much the Y has given to me, I know that the least I could do was give a little bit back.” Tyler Beaudet. Tyler became involved at the Y as a camp counselor. After the scholarship breakfast, you could find him back at work under the camp tent.

“I was so honored and blessed to receive the Fanning Scholarship, which rewards those students who have given their all to service and academics throughout their high school career. I advise seniors applying, to let their true selves shine through in their application and to emphasize the important values they strive to achieve through their commitment to academics and giving back to their community.” - Bridget

Millicent Fenwick Scholarship


Bryant Then
2019 Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Recipient

Gabriela Britez
2019 Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Recipient

The Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Award is a need-based scholarship and recognizes a High School senior or a full time matriculating student from the Somerset Hills area in good standing and maintaining at least a 2.50 GPA each semester. This scholarship is a one year, one time award of $1,000 - $2,000. 

Millicent Fenwick Scholarship Criteria

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 Lauren Gayoso and Cara Scaliti 
  • 2017 Wanyoike Gitau
  • 2016 Phoebe Ballard & Mya Jordan
  • 2015 Phoebe Ballard
  • 2014 Donna Andres & Phoebe Ballard
  • 2013 Jordan Smith & Makenna Janssen
  • 2012 Marisa Rossy & Shayna Stemmer

“Growing up in a single-parent household, finances were always tight. I knew I had to work hard if I wanted to go to college. So, I studied hard, became immersed in volunteer opportunities that I felt passionately about, gave back to my community, got a job, and never let the thought of my financial instability negatively impact my view on my future opportunities.

The people who awarded me the scholarships have had a tremendous impact on my life. Not only did they believe in my abilities, but they were willing to fund my goals. As a result, I am now in my second year at the University of Arizona and will be applying to the College of Nursing in the Fall.” - Marisa

Tannenbaum Family Scholarship


Jack Werrell 
2019 Tannenbaum Family Scholarship Recipient

The Tannenbaum Family Scholarship Award has been established to recognize a member of the Somerset Hills YMCA who is a high school senior or matriculating college student seeking a career in sports. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a supervisor or member of the YMCA senior management team. The scholarship is a one year, one time award of $1,000 - $2,500 and funds are to be used only for educational purposes. 

Tannenbaum Family Scholarship Criteria

 Past Recipients:

  • 2018 Dylan Wachenfeld
  • 2017 Leah Horowitz
  • 2016 Bo Flourney
  • 2015 Alex Boettcher, Erika Evleth & Kathleen Miszkiewicz
  • 2014 Michaela (Micki) Williams & Marshall Boles
  • 2013 Anders Hershberger
  • 2012 Alexandra Hershberger & Andrew Scaglione

“I am glad to say that I have gained a lot from the Tannenbaum scholarship -- most important was a sense of confidence. After I won the scholarship, I began to think that maybe my dream of working in the sports world could possibly come true. It gave me an extra push to take on jobs in the sports world and I have enjoyed every minute of it so far. In terms of money, it helped me feel secure with necessary purchases such as textbooks, etc., to help me get the grades I wanted.” - Anders

Chairman’s CIT Award

The Chairman’s CIT Leadership Award has been established by the Chairman of the Somerset Hills YMCA Board of Directors. This scholarship affords the opportunity for high school students to participate in the Somerset Hills YMCA Counselor in Training summer program. Scholarships will be awarded to deserving students entering 9th or 10th grade in September. 

Individuals interested in applying for this scholarship must complete and submit the award application, which be found here, with the required documentation to Kim DeZutter via webmail.

Chairman's CIT Award Criteria
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Past Recipients:

  • 2019 Nicole Lopez & Zia Sarkis 
  • 2018 Bianca Diaz Gomez & Melanie Gimenez
  • 2017 Nicole Nuñez & Alex Petric
  • 2016 Gabriela Britez & Geneva Isaacson
  • 2015 Noelle Hoffman & Nick Re
  • 2014 Cara Scaliti, Lucas Miller & Natalie Bodner
  • 2013 Rachel Vogel, Ikey Gitau, Matthew Fischetti & Alex Greenblatt