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

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center has awarded $32,000 in Community Service Merit Scholarships to sixteen local students from eight local high schools in the hospital's primary service area. The students and their families joined local community leaders and hospitals executives for a special dinner celebration at Son Cubano in West New York.

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. Two graduating seniors (Class of 2017) 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

  • Semarah Lafi
  • Katelyn Quino

High Tech High School

  • Vibha Chauhan
  • Samantha Danette Martinez-Mendoza

Hoboken Charter School

  • Moroni B. Aranda
  • Gabrielle Michael

Hoboken High School

  • Kaylah Fermaint
  • Edward Lepre

Memorial High School

  • Piero Manrique
  • Karla Somoano

North Bergen High School

  • Yisel Breton
  • Liscary Pacheco

Union City High School

  • Jasmine Acuna
  • Michelle Sinning

Weehawken High School

  • Grace Denfeld
  • Saba Rafiq

"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 Bruce J. Markowitz, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. "We know that paying for college can be challenging, and we hope that this Community Service Merit Scholarship 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 www.palisadesmedical.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.