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    The John "Jack" Santopietro Memorial Scholarship

    Established in memory of John Santopietro this scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to full-time NJCU undergraduate students majoring in Fire Science with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship is given with preference to a dedicated, community orientated student.

    AWARD AMOUNT: 2,500 annually

    APPLICATIONS: Obtain applications from the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are available in May.  

    The Gardner/Donnelly Memorial Scholarships 

    New Jersey City University has the honor of awarding memorial scholarships in memory of FDNY Firefighters Thomas Gardner (Haz Mat 1), and  Lt. Kevin Donnelly (Ladder 3) both Fire Science Department faculty members who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.

    Thomas Gardner, a decorated FDNY Firefighter, and recognized national expert in the field of Hazardous Materials training and operations and Adjunct Professor in the Fire Science Department for three years, he rewrote and taught the NJCU Fire Hazardous Materials I & II level courses, and developed the department’s initial on-line courses.

    Kevin Donnelly, a highly decorated FDNY Officer who specialized in high-rise fire and emergency operations and training and as a member of the NJCU Fire staff, was responsible for the development of, and served as the lead instructor in, the NJCU Fire Fire Safety Manager’s Certificate Program.

    Scholarship Details 

    AWARD AMOUNT: Each award will be equivalent to the in-state, undergraduate full-time tuition and fees per semester.

    ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is focused on undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 64 college credits. The duration of the award will not exceed four semesters and does not include summer sessions.


    • 64 credits (minimum completed at the time of application).
    • Registered for a full-time credit load (12 credit minimum) at the time of application and during the semesters the scholarship is awarded.
    • Declared major in Fire Science.
    • 200-word essay in which students display an understanding of and commitment to Fire Science.

    APPLICATIONS: Obtain applications from the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are available in May. The deadline for submitting completed applications is June.

    EVALUATION: A five-member committee will review each application. The committee will include the Scholarship Coordinator (Chair), two members of the Business Administration Department, and two members of the Fire Science Department. All decisions of the committee are final. All applicants will be notified by mail of the committee’s decision within two weeks of completion of the selection process.