Local High School Students Awarded Community Service Merit Scholarships From Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center (2018)

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center has awarded $30,000 in Community Service Merit Scholarships to 15 local students from eight local high schools in the hospital's primary service area.

The Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Community Service Merit Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards high school seniors who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success. Graduating seniors (class of 2018) from each of the participating high schools were selected to each receive a merit scholarship in the amount of $2,000. This year's winners were:

Cliffside Park High School

  • Leila Zekri Khanfri
  • Marilyn Solis

High Tech High School

  • Muhammad Umar
  • Jeel Shah

Hoboken Charter School

  • Hope Cosme

Hoboken High School

  • Hannah Mack
  • Ivelisse Lorenzo

Memorial High School

  • Lissette Vasquez
  • Daniela Zoino

North Bergen High School

  • Daniel Perez
  • Lisett Bonilla

Union City High School

  • Mirka Ortiz
  • Jordy Olivas

Weehawken High School

  • Imani Fulton
  • Cathylee Cueto

"We are delighted to provide scholarship support to these amazing young men and women who have all shown a tremendous commitment to the importance of civic engagement and giving back to our local communities," said Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. "We understand that paying for college can be challenging, and we hope that our Community Service Merit Scholarships will help lessen the burden for the deserving recipients."

The online application process was conducted in February and March. Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors and scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.