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The William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship Fund has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors from Bayonne High School or Rahway High School in New Jersey who plan to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field at a four-year university.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America ®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants to The William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship Program must be:

  • High school seniors from Bayonne High School or Rahway High School in New Jersey.
  • Planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Planning to major in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) of study in college.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or the equivalent).

Award Information:

  • Up to six awards of $5,000 each will be granted-three per school.
  • Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever comes first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The William Gawor Estate. Payments are made in one installment in early August.

Scholarship finalists are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Honors
  • Work experience
  • A positive attitude essay
  • An online recommendation from a school official, mentor or supervisor

Financial need is not considered. Awards will be strictly based on merit.

Scholarship America will select fourteen finalists (seven per school) and each high school will select three recipients. In no instance does any officer or employee of The William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship Fund play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on May 1, 2020.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically through the Scholarship America Student Hub.

The William Gawor Perpetual Scholarship Fund has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!