Three shore area residents receive $10,000 thousand dollar scholarships each as announced today by first lady Mary Pat Christie.

Marine Sergeant James Adams of Colts Neck and Mays Landing residents, Army Staff Sergeant James Scott Downing and Air National Guard Airman First Class Breanna Michelle Gagnon were awarded Heart of A Hero Scholarships along with seven other New Jersey residents.

Walmart donated $100,000 thousand dollars to the program. It helps the recipients pursue a post-secondary education or vocational training.