The Ocean County College Foundation announced the establishment of the "Senator John F. Russo Scholarship", which highlights the life and dedication of the late-Garden State Senator to public service and his contributions to integrity in politics, by-partisanship, tolerance, civility, and cultural diversity .

“The OCC Foundation expresses its gratitude to Mrs. Russo for this generous donation, which will assist many deserving, politically engaged, students for years to come. In addition, a special note of appreciation is expressed to OCC Foundation Trustee Stephan Leone for his assistance in acquiring this gift.” ~ Kenneth J. Malagiere, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation.

The endowment was established with a gift of $100,000 from Mrs. Mary Ann Russo, wife of Sen. Russo.

According to the OCC Foundation .... to qualify for the Russo Scholarship, eligible Ocean County high school students and/or Ocean County College students should have demonstrated experience with a declared political party and active participation in the political process. Two awards will be granted each fall and spring semester, one to a Democrat and one to a Republican. Awards will be presented to students attending Ocean County College either part-time or full-time with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

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