2013 Bridgemen Scholarship Recipients Honored
It wasn’t just the music that made the annual Tournament of Stars a Success. Educational scholarships were presented, once again, to two deserving candidates. Each year, the Bridgemen award college bound students with scholarships to help them with expenses as they take steps towards furthering their education.
The first recipient was Mathew Charles Jessen, son of longtime Bridgemen color guard member Elizabeth Jessen. Mathew recently graduated from Union CountyVocational High School, with a concentration in computer aided drafted He will be attending Widener University this fall, majoring in Civil Engineering. Mathew is a resident of Springfield, NJ. His mom, Liz, grew up in Bayonne and both she and her father Dave currently march with the Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Corps.
Also receiving a scholarship this year was Ashley Nodes, a senior at Bernards High School. She’s the second oldest of five children and maintained an impressive 3.8 GPA carrying a course load of mostly honors and AP classes. A fantastic athlete, Ashley played both field hockey and softball throughout her 4 years in High school. She has participated in Police Explorer summer camps and volunteers her artistic talents in township youth activities. This fall she will attend Full Sail University in Florida majoring in sports marketing and media. Ashley hopes that her love of art and sports lead to a long and fulfilling career. Her aunt Teri is a member of the Bridgemen color guard.
The Bridgemen have awarded thousands of dollars to promising high school students that will be moving on to college. Candidates must complete an essay which is reviewed by the scholarship committee. The awards are presented annually at the Tournament of Stars held in Bayonne. Information on the scholarships can be obtained by contacting the Bridgemen through their web site www.bridgemen.com