Students and Educators

NJ Sharing Network Scholarship

Our Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of multiple scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, made possible by the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund, the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund, and the Hearts for Emma Partner Fund.

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.

Hearts for Emma
The Hearts for Emma Partner Fund was created to directly support The Hero Act through the production and distribution of educational materials and related programs teaching the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be a New Jersey resident.
  • Student must be a full time high school senior, who will be entering college in Fall of 2019.
  • Student must be an organ and tissue donation awareness advocate or personally affected by, or 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 organ and tissue donation education and advocacy activities be highlighted; a letter from a supervisor or program manager 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 cornea donation as donation awareness and advocacy are 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.

Complete application must be received by Friday, March 15 at noon.


  • 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 us if you have any difficulty accessing the application. 

Funding Requirements

The scholarship funds will paid directly to the college/university in two installments (Fall/Spring).
Payment of the second half of the award will be contingent upon submission of a brief report (one typed page) describing your recent achievements and activities involving organ and tissue donation education and 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 paymet of the second half of the award.



Inspired by their visit to NJ Sharing Network, students from Renaissance Institute created this "Donate Life" mural in Jersey City

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 is attending University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Zachary Roth from Hillsborough High School received the Betsy Niles Scholarship and is attending Virginia Tech. 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.