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SERV Scholarship Fund Winners announced

Winners of the 50/50 Scholarship Fund Cash Raffle were announced Dec. 3 during SERV Behavioral Health System’s holiday party in the Administration office in Ewing.

The Cash Raffle raised $5,460, half of which ($2,730) will support the SERV Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. First-prize winner, Lisa Mongue of Mystic, Ct., won 25%, totaling $1,365. Second-prize of $819 (15%) went to Shauwea L. Hamilton of Ewing and third prize of $546 (10%) went to Rick Stein of East Windsor.

In addition, two SERV employees were each winners of $100 gift cards for selling the most raffle tickets.   They were Marilyn Ticktin, Director of Housing Development, who sold 80 tickets; and Dr. Jay Cohen, psychiatrist, who sold 35 tickets.

Since the Scholarship Fund’s inception in 2004, The SERV Foundation has awarded 117 scholarships totaling $130,338.39 (through Spring 2010). Among the 86 individuals who received the scholarships (some are multiple recipients) over a six-year period, a phenomenal 94% completed their intended classes. Degrees or certificates earned among those who have graduated include the fields of ultrasound technology, medical technology, culinary arts, business, auto technology, pharmaceuticals, barbering and cosmetology. One student earned a master’s degree in substance abuse counseling. Another graduate published a book of 100 poems detailing his struggles with mental health and of his feelings on social issues. Others are continuing to earn three credits each semester to eventually meet their goal of receiving a diploma.

Furthering their education is a means by which our residents can enhance their personal and/or career development, attain gainful employment, and in turn, become productive, self-sustaining members of the community.

Thank you to all who supported our Scholarship Fund raffle and congratulations to the winners.