Students and Educators

Our Foundation's Scholarship

A special thanks to the following family and partner funds for making the 2019-2020 Scholarship possible:

Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund
The Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund was created 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 Fund
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 Partner Fund
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. 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Scholarship Awardees! 

The following individuals have been recognized for their commitment and dedication to organ and tissue donation advocacy: 

Aashi Faldu – John F. Kennedy Memorial High School | University of Florida Innovation Academy | Hearts for Emma Partner Fund
Kayla Flanders – Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Saint Joseph's University | Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund
Amelia Langan – Morristown High School | Northeastern University | Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund
Devin Norton – Manasquan High School | University of North Carolina, Wilmington | Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund
Christopher Piccininni – Fair Lawn High School | New Jersey Institute of Technology | Hearts for Emma Partner Fund
Michael Snyder – Steinert High School | Mercer County Community College | Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund

2019-2020 scholarship awardees (from left):  Nancie Rothman of the Hearts for Emma Partner Fund, Aashi Faldu, Christopher Piccininni, Michael Snyder, Dan Sarnowski of the Betsy Niles Scholarship Fund, Kayla Flanders, and Missy Rodriguez of the Missy's Miracle Scholarship Fund. Not pictured: Amelia Langan and Devin Norton.

Stay tuned for information about the scholarship application process for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 2020
• Student must be 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.

*Donation Awareness Advocacy: Organ and tissue donation awareness involves educating the general public about the importance of donation. A students advocacy and involvement in activities to promote organ, tissue and cornea donation as donation education and advocacy are major factors in determining scholarship awards.


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