Meet the 2016 Monk’s Service Scholarship Winners

Monk's Scholarship Winners 2016
Viviane Monk, Kiera Cullen, Kiran Chokshi, Ty Monk, Thilaka Arunachalam, Trevor Monk, Samantha Garcia and Molly Garyantes

At our third awards ceremony, we met five outstanding young people. We are pleased to share them with you so you can hear their stories. Besides being smart and passionate, they are kind. Their efforts have bettered their local communities, as well as communities abroad. We are so happy to be able to award them the Monk’s Service Scholarship for 2016.

We wish them the best in their future service and academic endeavors.

Congratulations to our five well-deserving winners!

Monk’s Scholarship Winners 2016

Kiera Cullen

  • Kiera initiated an AP scholarship fund to fund AP tests for students in need.
  • She was the President of the Bernard’s High School Green Team
  • Kiera volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

From: Bedminster, NJ

High School: Bernards High School

Attending: The College of NJ, Elementary Education

Kiran Chokshi

  • Kiran’s Eagle Scout project donated 800+ books to local underfunded schools
  • Every summer he volunteers at the Student/Partner Alliance where he developed an online donation platform to increase fundraising
  • He connected local entrepreneurs with crowdfunded loans at his summer internship

From: Millburn, NJ

High School: Pingry School

Attends: Yale University

Molly Garygantes

  • Molly was President of her school’s Red Cross Club
  • Also President of her INTERACT Community Service Club
  • Director of her town’s Girl Scout annual camping weekend for the past two years. Additionally, she was the first non-adult encampment director.
  • Molly is also a volunteer at her local rescue squad

From: Warren, NJ

High School: Watchung Hills Regional High School

Attends: Brandeis University

Samantha Garcia

  • Sam was the Junior Board Member of Make Some Noise for Kids Cancer for SIX years
  • Established, and served as President, of her high school’s Special Olympics Club
  • She also volunteered as a preschool aide at Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey School

From: Madison, NJ

High School: Madison High School

Attends: Providence College

Thilaka Arunachalam

  • Thilaka assembled over 600 dental kits which she distributed in rural Philippines
  • She works with trauma patients on the Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad
  • Volunteers at the Geriatric and Primary Care Center
  • Mentors younger troops as a Senior Girl Scout Ambassador

From: Towaco, NJ

High School: Montville Township High School

Attends: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Apply for the 2017 Monk’s Service Scholarship today. The deadline is March 31, 2017.

Are you eligible? Read the Service Scholarship Terms & Conditions.

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