League of municipalities scholarship awarded to Manalapan student

July 22, 2013 by  

The second annual Louis Bay Future Leaders Scholarship was recently awarded to Kandace Kaplan of Manalapan. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to announce this honor bestowed on the town, as Kaplan was one of three winners in the state of New Jersey to receive this scholarship.

In order to apply for the scholarship, students need to be juniors or seniors who plan to attend college and write an essay on what the governing body and the mayor of the students’ respective towns do best. The essay was to be approximately 500 words in length.

According to Susan Cohen, Mayor of Manalapan, the proclamation of the scholarship said that its purpose is to raise awareness of municipal governments in general, and also to make public the many good things that elected officials and volunteers do in municipal governments.

A scholarship committee was formed in each municipality in order to review the submitted essays. In Manalapan, the committee consisted of Manalapan Township Administrator Tara Lovrich, Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz, and Teen Leadership Committee Chairman Marcie Stillman. Essays were submitted by Kaplan and Alyson Bilder and the committee decided to submit Kaplan’s essay as the entry from the town.

The essay written by Kaplan became a finalist in the competition and was then selected as one of the three winners from across the state by the League of Municipalities. For her award, Kaplan was given a check for $1,000 and her essay will be featured in the magazine New Jersey Municipalities.