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Educational Foundation

Supporting Local Students

Our mission is to provide scholarships and grants to support non-traditional students in earning diplomas or certifications that will help them achieve their professional goals.

Thanks to the generosity of EMACC members and our supportive community, the Foundation has raised and distributed over $429,000 in scholarships and grants to worthy applicants in the Monmouth County region since our inception in 1998. In 2023, the Foundation awarded nine scholarships for a total of $21,000.

Looking To Make A Donation?

100 percent of every dollar you donate goes directly to funding scholarships and providing educational opportunities for students in need. You can make a one-time contribution or schedule routine contributions (i.e. monthly, quarterly, etc.) through our website – and we are deeply appreciative of each and every gift. Rest assured, the transaction is protected via PayPal and your information is secured. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the State of New Jersey. Please consider donating by emailing us at emacc.foundation@gmail.com

Named Scholarship/Grant

Your contribution of $2,000 fully supports a scholarship/grant for 1 year. The scholarship/grant can be named for the donor, a donors business, or as a memorial. The Named Scholarship/Grant will be noted in foundation publicity throughout the year and in the Named Scholarship/grant awards.

Thank you for your continued support of the EMACC Educational Foundation!

We appreciate your donations, as do the many students who have benefited from the scholarships/grants. And please note, your contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Scholarships Offered

If you have any questions, please email: emacc.foundation@gmail.com or call 732-747-0500

Category A

$2,000 for a student at least 25 years old as of September 1st who is returning to school, changing careers or pursuing education for career advancement.

Category B

$2,000 for a college student entering his/her junior or senior year, and/or has completed 60 credits, who is in need of help to complete his/her degree because of increased expenses or decreased finances.

Grants Offered

If you have any questions, please email: emacc.foundation@gmail.com or call 732-747-0500

Foundation Team Members

The Educational Foundation is operated by volunteers and a working Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please email emacc.foundation@gmail.com with your resume and interest. We are always looking for passionate and dedicated individuals who share our mission and organizational goals.

For information about our scholarships, please visit the Scholarships section above. If you have any questions, please email: emacc.foundation@gmail.com or call 732-747-0500

Foundation Leadership

Peter Pfister
Emily Damiano-Peck
Carol Cohen

Board of Directors

Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes
Anabel Rojas
Andrea Plaza
Rich Angelo
Cooper Lewis
Jennifer Eckhoff
EMACC Liaison

Recipient Testimonial

To the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) and its Scholarship Committee Members:

My name is Christopher Palma and I was the recipient of two EMACC scholarships while completing my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey from 2014 to 2019. Since then, I have not only worked in Engineering at General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) in Groton, CT but also completed a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens in 2022. As an Engineer at EB I worked on projects in support of Submarine design, development, and construction for the U.S. Navy for over four years. On Monday, March 4, 2024 I will be starting a new position as an Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA supporting research and development of National Security products for the United States.

During this time (2015-2024), I also served the Eastern Monmouth Area as a Volunteer Firefighter in Little Silver. The service that I completed no doubt has had a positive impact on my community and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I cannot thank the Scholarship Committee enough and EMACC for your support of my studies, particularly in the face of ever-increasing tuition at colleges and universities in the United States. I attribute success in my educational and career goals to your backing of me and more importantly towards helping to make it possible to focus on my work rather than be overwhelmed by the staggering cost.

More recently, I have been able to return the favor and contribute a small sum towards the Scholarship Fund. It is my hope that I will be able to contribute further and support the vital work that you do to help members of the area further educate themselves.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher M. Palma

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