In our 68 years the Hillside Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $400,000.
The Hillside Scholarship Fund was established in 1952 when High School Principal Ruhl Custer won $500.00 in a TV Contest and donated the money to start the fund. That year, the Dad’s Booster Club also donated $1,000. The first scholarship in the amount of $150 was awarded in 1953.
Between 1952 and 1960 the Dad’s Booster Club raised over $7,000 for the fund.
In 1957, Baseball Great and Hillside resident Phil Rizzuto donated over $5,000 – the first major amount for a scholarship. He still continued to donate after that contribution.
In 1961, the Hillside Industrial Foundation provided the first $1,000 toward a second major scholarship. Thereafter, annual contributions were made to exceed $5,000.
Since then several organizations and individuals contributed to the fund including the Key Club sponsored by the Hillside Kiwanis, the Parent - Teacher Association, and Hillside High School Classes of 38, 46, 50, and 57-61.
In the years that have past, additional scholarships have been established and the full list of scholarships are:
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Hillside Scholarship Fund Inc is exempt from federal income tax under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) and is a non-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed under applicable law. Awards are considered without regards to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, national origin, or religion.
Dr. Juanita Jones Daly is a 1988 graduate of Hillside High School, became a trustee in 1999 and has been president since 2002.
Jeorge is a retired Computer Programmer/System analyst. He has been a trustee with HSF for over 10 years.
Joel is a 2010 graduate of Hillside High School and received a HSF scholarship in 2010. He has been a trustee with HSF since 2019.
George is 1986 graduate of Hillside High School. He was a member of the Hillside Board of Education and is currently the Vice-President of the Hillside Municipal Council. George has been a trustee with HSF for over 10 years.
Sandra "Sandy" Cureton is a retired AVP Trust Administrator and Trust Operations Officer with over 35 years experience at a major banking institution. Sandy is currently the Vice President of HSF and has been with HSF for over 20 years.
Fletchine was an educator for Newark Public Schools, a member of the Hillside Lions Club, and the proud mother of two Hillside High graduates. She has been a trustee with HSF for over 10 years.
Mr. Mallory is an active member of the Hillside Pop Warner Executive Board, and Hillside Senior Center and Recreation Dept. He has been a trustee with HSF for over 20 years.
Christina is a 1996 graduate of Hillside High School. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years in various roles, and she has an oldest child who is a 2019 graduate of Hillside High School. Christina has been a trustee with HSF for over 15 years.
Patricia is retired educator that includes 14 years as a classroom mathematics teacher and 13 years in curriculum development in Mathematics for Grades K-8. She currently works with the Senior Citizens in Hillside and leads the Book Club and Hillside Senior Walkers. Pat has been a trustee with HSF since 2014.
Linda, who is currently retired, is a former teacher, administrator, and guidance counselorfor the Hillside Board of Education. She has served on the Hillside Scholarship Fund for more than 20 years.