Awards from Educational Research Center of America

National Scholarship Competition 

FARMINGDALE, NY (November 17, 2015) – As students from across the nation begin to make college and career plans for after high school graduation, the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) today announced that 18 high school students have been selected to receive the 2014-2015 Community Contribution Scholarship. These 18 students were selected from a pool of more than 1,200 applications from across the country.

Each year, ERCA awards postsecondary scholarships to deserving students across the country who are seeking to improve their communities and society at large. Winners are selected based on their commitment to improving their local community and to using their unique talents to nurture efforts to address a specific, pressing need they see. In recognizing leadership and community service, ERCA this year awarded 15, $1,000 scholarships, two $2,500 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship to student leaders and visionaries throughout the United States.

“We know that change and improvement begins locally,” ERCA Executive Director Ed Doody said. “Each of these ERCA scholarship winners has demonstrated a clear commitment to improving their communities while making the world a better place for all. This year’s recipients could be our future leaders, individuals with commitment and drive.”

Scholarship winners will use their ERCA scholarships to help offset the cost of their postsecondary education.

“The quality of the applications we received has been amazing,” Doody said. “We are pleased to award these scholarships to the following students, to support their pursuit of education and exploration of career paths.”

“We invite all high school educators to encourage their students to consider applying for the ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship,” said Doody. “We also encourage educators to watch for student research surveys ERCA sends to select schools each year, in collaboration with our non-profit partners, to help students identify and connect with their future educational and career paths.” The scholarship awards are not contingent on survey participation. To learn more about the ERCA scholarship program or the ERCA survey please visit: www.studentresearch.org or write to info@studentresearch.org.

This year’s ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship winners are:

Class of 2015

Matthew Kaplan, Phoenix, AZ – $5,000

Gregory Kulchyckyj, Cinnaminson, NJ – $2,500

Sharon Li, Manvel, TX – $2,500

Hannah Burford, East Thetford, VT – $1,000

Nadyah Hilmi, Bel Air, MD – $1,000

Kylie Kuhns, Mifflinburg, PA – $1,000

Nina Priya Kumar, Chuluota, FL – $1,000

William Lewis, Ithaca, NY – $1,000

Lauren Maunus, Palm City, FL – $1,000

Ryan Moore, Riverside, CA – $1,000

Jordan Salama, Pelham, NY – $1,000

Lisa Sobajian, Los Angeles, CA – $1,000

Caitlin Wherry, Modesto, CA – $1,000

Class of 2016

Allison Love, Cranberry Twp, PA – $1,000

Akshay Malhotra, Lewisville, TX – $1,000

Alexandra Marlette, Lilburn, GA – $1,000

Beatriz Perez-Najera, Hood River, OR – $1,000

Shiva Nathan, Westford, MA – $1,000

About ERCA

For nearly 20 years, the Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) has pursued a mission of helping high school students and their families to identify a college- and career-ready pathway. ERCA helps families identify student options on career pathways to life success, including two- and four-year college opportunities. Through a partnership with and the support of ASL Marketing, ERCA provides introductions to post-secondary institutions. Additionally, as part of its mission, ERCA annually awards postsecondary scholarships to deserving students seeking to improve their communities and society at large. Working in concert with partner organizations engaged in education and workforce development, ERCA’s research has a singular objective; motivating students to explore career pathways relevant to their interests, education and passions. For more information, visit www.studentresearch.org and follow @ERCAResearch on Twitter.

Media Contact:

Ed Doody