• Hunterdon Board of Commissioners

Hunterdon Congratulates Polytech Students upon State Foundation Recognition and Scholarships

Director John E. Lanza recognized four exemplary students for receiving NJAC Foundation Scholarships this school year.

The Hunterdon County Commissions are proud to partner with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) and Hunterdon County Polytech to continue to offer exemplary educational opportunities to Hunterdon County students. Through this commitment to education, Polytech offers over 19 areas of study to its students and offers structured learning experiences and internships directly related to the several diverse programs. Furthermore, the Board would like to thank NJAC’s Executive Director John Donnadio for his passion and dedication for advocating for legislation, regulations, and policy directives which empower and strengthen the county government. Both Polytech and NJAC have been instrumental in providing high quality education and unique opportunities to the students of Hunterdon.


The NJAC Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has offered over $410,750.00 in scholarships to vocational-technical school graduates who plan on continuing their education at a New Jersey county or state college/university. This school year, NJAC foundation scholarships were funded by Investors Bank , SHI International Corporation, and Amazon.

Scholarship recipients Vasudevan Baskaran, Nicholas Nawrotzki, Elizabeth Carney, and Nathan Gilvey were all recognized by NJAC for their exemplary efforts and dedication to their studies:



Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Elizabeth Carney, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich
Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Elizabeth Carney, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich

Elizabeth Carney, a Biomedical Sciences Academy student, is a recipient of the NJAC 2022 Investors Bank Scholarship. In culmination of her four years studying with the Biomedical Sciences Academy, Elizabeth completed a capstone project exploring sibling birth order and its effect on personality. Additionally, Elizabeth is involved in Health Occupations Student of America and Youth Coalition for Hunterdon County Partnership for Health. Through the Biomedical Sciences Academy, Elizabeth has earned 10 college credits from Rutgers University. She plans to continue her studies at The College of New Jersey and major in psychology.



Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Vasudevan Baskaran, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich
Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Vasudevan Baskaran, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich

Vasudevan Baskaran was the 2022 Hunterdon County recipient of the NJAC Amazon Scholarship in recognition of his achievements during his enrollment in the 4-year Biomedical Sciences Academy. For his senior capstone project, Vasudevan researched the correlation between motivation and exercise. Vasudevan has earned 17 college credits while in high school from Rutgers University and plans to continue his studies at Rutgers while majoring in pharmaceutical science.



Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Nicholas Nawrotzki, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich
Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Nicholas Nawrotzki, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich

Nicholas Nawrotzki received the NJAC 2022 SHI International Scholarship Award in recognition of his completion of the 4-year Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy. Notably, Nicholas received a 5 on his AP Computer Science A exam and consistently demonstrates his love for computer science. To culminate his academy experience, Nicholas completed a senior capstone project where he was the editor for the creation of a digital character to spread positive mental health messages. Nicholas plans to attend Raritan Valley Community College and major in technology.



Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Nathan was represented by his father, who was in attendance at the June 21st Commissioner Meeting, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich
Pictured from left to right: NJAC Executive Director John Donadio, Hunterdon County Vocational School District Superintendent Todd Bonsall, Nathan was represented by his father, who was in attendance at the June 21st Commissioner Meeting, Board Director John E. Lanza, Board Deputy Director Zachary T. Rich

Finally, Nathan GIlvey, a NJAC 2022 Investors Bank Scholarship Awardee, completed the 4- year Biomedical Sciences Academy and earned 14 college credits from Rutgers University during his time in the program. Culminating his vocational school experience, Nathan completed a capstone project researching colors commonly associated with each academic subject. Nathan plans to attend Rutgers University and major in biology.



Vasudevan Baskaran was the 2022 Hunterdon County recipient of the NJAC Amazon Scholarship in recognition of his achievements during his enrollment in the 4-year Biomedical Sciences Academy. For his senior capstone project, Vasudevan researched the correlation between motivation and exercise. Vasudevan has earned 17 college credits while in high school from Rutgers University and plans to continue his studies at Rutgers while majoring in pharmaceutical science.

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