Students and Educators

NJ Sharing Network Scholarship

Congratulations to our Foundation’s 2018-2019 scholarship awardees! Paige LeBlanc from Northern Burlington County Regional High School received the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship and will be attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall. Zachary Roth from Hillsborough High School received the Betsy Niles Scholarship and will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall.

Thank you to Paige and Zach for all they continue to do to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation!

2018-2019 Scholarship Awards

2018-2019 scholarship awardees (from left):  Philip S. Kolm, Chair, Foundation Board of Trustees, Amanda Abramo, Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Foundation Programs, Paige LeBlanc, Zachary Roth, Sandy Erwin, Chair of the Programs and Initiatives Committee and representing the Missy's Miracle Fund and Dan Sarnowski of the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund.


The time period to apply for the 2018-19 Missy’s Miracle Scholarship and the Betsy Niles Scholarship is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications for the 2019-20 scholarship program will be available in January 2019.

Our Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) scholarships, the Missy’s Miracle Scholarship and the Betsy Niles Scholarship, for the 2018 to 2019 academic year, both in the amount of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester).

Betsy Niles Scholarship
The Betsy Niles scholarship is offered in memory of Betsy Niles, a children's book editor and lifelong resident of Montclair. Betsy died in 2011 and, in keeping with her tradition of lifelong giving, her organs were donated. Betsy was known for always giving the perfect gift for every occasion. Betsy's last gift was the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

Missy's Miracle Scholarship
Missy's Miracle was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez's liver transplant. The program directly supports scholarships to high school students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be a New Jersey resident.
  • Student must be a full time high school senior, who will be entering college.
  • Student must be a donor awareness advocate or have been personally affected by or is a family member of someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation (i.e.: organ and/or tissue donor, living donor, transplant recipient, waiting for a transplant, or died waiting for a transplant).
  • Student must be in good academic standing.
  • Employees of NJSN or the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Board Members of NJSN and the NJSN Foundation, their spouse and/or children are not eligible for scholarship consideration.

Application Requirement Checklist:

☐ Three letters of Recommendation
We ask that your involvement in donor awareness activities be highlighted; a letter from a supervisor of that organization would be helpful.
*NJ Sharing Network or Foundation personnel are not eligible to write letters of recommendation.

☐ Current Transcript 

☐ Essay about organ and/or tissue donation
How organ and tissue donation has impacted your life, knowledge of organ and tissue donation, active participation in awareness events, etc.
Hint:  Organ and tissue donation awareness involves educating the general public about the importance of donation. You should elaborate on your activities to promote organ, tissue and eye donation as donor awareness advocacy is the major factor in determining the scholarship award. 

☐ Submission
After completing this application, please print and mail to the address below with all requested application requirements and paperwork: NJ Sharing Network Foundation, Attn: Ametra Burton, 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.


  • All the above application requirements must be met in full.
  • All paperwork must be submitted in one single packet.
  • Applications which do not meet these requirements will be considered incomplete and applicants will be ineligible.

The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final.
Please contact our staff if you have any difficulty accessing the application. 

Funding Requirements: The Awardee of this scholarship will receive the scholarship funds in two payments; one for the Fall Semester and one for the Spring Semester. The award will be paid directly to the school. Receipt of the second half of the award will be contingent upon submission of a brief report (1 typed page) describing your recent achievements and activities involving organ and tissue donation advocacy, which will be due in December. A school transcript will be required at that time. A minimum of a C average, or its equivalent, will be required for receipt of the second half of the award.



2017-2018 scholarship awardees (from left): Missy Rodriguez with Max Prince and Alexa Sirubi of the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund, Alyssa D'Addio, Assistant Director, Philanthropy and Foundation Programs, Emma Rothman and Varsha Garla with Dan Sarnowski of the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund.