The Aubrey Pappas Memorial Scholarship is so important to our organization. Since Mrs. Pappas’s accident, we have worked hard to raise money in the North Brunswick community to be able to offer this scholarship to the students of North Brunswick, because Aubrey loved working in the North Brunswick school district and she loved teaching North Brunswick students. So, we have chosen to continue her legacy by investing in the North Brunswick students TOO – it’s one of the greatest ways we can honor Aubrey Pappas. Our hope is that each recipient keeps in touch with The Aubrey Foundation – we want to hear all about your success and how you will continue to Live Like Aubrey in your college communities and beyond.
On 6/5/19, The Aubrey Foundation awarded five scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to five deserving seniors of the North Brunswick Township High School Class of 2019. Each of the students exemplify the traits that Aubrey Pappas instilled in each of her students; strong academic and family values, perseverance through challenges, acceptance of others’ uniqueness and a great sense of ambition. We are proud to announce this year’s Aubrey Pappas Memorial Scholarship recipients: Rachael Carrion, Benjamin Hill, Matthew Liguori, Ananya Malagi, and Gillian Miller.
We want to thank all 40 students that applied for the scholarship this year. This class is very special to our foundation; as it is the last group of students that Aubrey had the pleasure to teach. Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Continue to reach for the stars and #LiveLikeAubrey.
Rachael has a heart for service. She teaches girls to find their inner “star power” as a leader, coach and mentor to Girls on the Run. She was able to overcome her own personal obstacles and now she encourages others to do the same through her volunteer work. She inspires others in an effort to better the entire community and one’s sense of self. She plans to continue to Live Like Aubrey and start a club in college focused on mentoring the local youth. We know that you will continue to lead in the community as she helps others find their inner “star power” just as she has been a shining star to so many.
Matt is extremely passionate about language arts. Inspired by Mrs. Pappas in reading and writing, he will pursue a career in teaching. In his essay, he speaks about the power of a “teachable moment” and describes the teacher that he aspires to be. He realizes the importance of incorporating life lessons into teaching just as Mrs. Pappas did. Perhaps one day, he will have a life-size cut out of Derek Jeter in his classroom!
Gillian Alexa Miler
Gillian hopes to become a special education teacher. She has focused on volunteering for a non-profit organization that employs individuals with special needs. She also assists in a special need’s classroom at school. She is dedicated to making sure that all students have the opportunity to learn both in and outside of the classroom. She wants to give back and help those in need which reminds us of Aubrey’s devotion to teaching. In her essay, she describes how Aubrey was a “bright light” and she hopes that she will one day be that light to her students. Our hope is that her legacy will continue to live on in her students just as Aubrey’s legacy lives on through her.
Benjamin realizes the importance of physical health and its’ impact on the body and mind. He is a true role model both on and off the track field. He continues to inspire others to make positive changes through athletics. He plans to become a physical therapist to help others be the best they can be just as Mrs. Pappas encouraged him to work to his full potential. We hope that he continues to Live Like Aubrey by being the best that he can be; we know that Aubrey would be so proud of him.
Ananya is a student who is inspired by Visual Arts. She speaks of living with an open heart in the way that Mrs. Pappas did and expressing herself through creativity. She plans to pursue a degree in Fine Arts to become an art director or business owner. Despite any obstacles that may come her way, she will never lose sight of her passion as an artist. We have no doubt that her drive and ambition will lead to great success in the future.
Do you have an inspring story to tell? Write about how you live like Aubrey. Read about The Aubrey Pappas Memorial Scholarship and our essay prompts.