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Demarest Army reservist named NJ Heart of a Hero scholarship winner

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SHOUT OUT: 1st Lt. John Beddoe, a U.S. Army reservist and EMT from Demarest was named one of the third annual New Jersey Heroes’ “Heart of a Hero” scholarship winners.

New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie today announced the 10 winners, who each receives a $5,000 scholarship award to help pursue a post-secondary education or vocational training.

Christie established the program as another resource to help New Jersey’s military men and women reach their higher education and career goals.

“Our veterans, past and present, are an extension of our greater New Jersey family,” she said.

This year’s recipients range from 25 to 64, the First Lady noted.

Beddoe, an ambulance and rescue corps member ( with Christie, above ), said he’s felt a calling to provide lifesaving care to those in need.

He has entered the registered nurse program at Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing and plans to specialize as an acute care nurse practitioner.

The other recipients:

· Staff Sergeant Saul J. Bautista, U.S. Army/NJ Army National Guard, 28 (Newark, Essex)

· 1st Lt. Jessica Evelyn Domincovitch, U.S. Air Force, 26 (Mount Laurel, Burlington)

· Staff Sergeant E-5 Katie Megan Grogan, U.S. Air Force/NJ Air National Guard, 25 (Jackson, Ocean)

· Colonel Philip Daniel Jones, U.S. Army Reserve, 52 (Ringoes, Hunterdon)

· Army Specialist E 4, Eugene Marsh, U.S. Army, 64 (Pennington, Mercer).

· Senior Airman E-4 Johandy Martinez, U.S. Air Force Reserve, 25 (Union City, Hudson)

· Corporal E-4 Adolph Mayo, U.S. Marine Corps, 58 (Jersey City, Hudson).

· Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Mack Mota, U.S. Navy, 31 (Lacey Twp, Ocean)

· Technical Sergeant Ryan C. Munoz, U.S. Air Force, 27 (Bordentown, Burlington)

To be considered for the Heart of a Hero Scholarship, applicants had to:

  • be a United States citizen and New Jersey resident;
  • be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma (GED);
  • serve or have served in the military;
  • submit a letter stating goals and how the scholarship will be used;
  • enroll as a student at an accredited college/university or a vocational training school in pursuit of a degree for the 2014-2015 school year;
  • demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and community contribution, in the spirit of New Jersey Heroes.

YOU can nominate someone whom you believe fits the criteria as a true New Jersey hero.


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