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Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Recipient of The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship

June 21, 2016


Doug Bauer, a classmate of Ralph Gregg, presented The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship to Joseph Robinson.

(Englewood, New Jersey; June 20, 2016) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) charitable fund, The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship Fund, announces Leonia High School senior Joseph Robinson was named the 2016 recipient..  The NNJCF donor advised fund memorializes Leonia High School 1964 classmate Ralph Gregg.  Robinson received the award on June 2 at the Leonia High School Senior Awards Ceremony.

The scholarship award is given to a student seeking to further his or her education, who is also a member of an athletic team, holds a B grade point average or better, and demonstrates some financial need.  “Most importantly, the recipient must demonstrate the ability to relate to everyone, be a true friend, and be humorous.  We take pride in the fact that the Ralph Gregg scholarship is different because its main focus is not on academics or athletics but on friendship and being a great classmate.  More often than not this is the only scholarship that our recipient receives,” explained presenter Doug Bauer.

Among his accomplishments, Robinson, a four-year marketing student, received the Weirenga Award given for best all around male athlete of the Leonia High School class of 2016.  His athletic credits include tying the school record for the 100 meter dash, achieving sectional championships in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, receiving most valuable player in football, and being named one of Leonia High School’s track and field most valuable players this year.  Robinson received the first team All League in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference and honorable mention in Bergen County’s All County top athletes.  He plans to attend the University of New Haven and major in sports marketing/management, while continuing his interests in athletics to play football.

“Joseph Robinson is a wonderful, accomplished athlete and a very personable young man, who was admired by many for his warm, engaging personality,” said Rowena Gianfredi, marketing teacher at Leonia High School and coordinator of the senior academic awards program.

The Foundation offers a comprehensive menu of philanthropic opportunities in the areas of donor-advised funds, tax-saving annuities, and trust options that provide donors with flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving has maximum impact.  For further information about the NNJCF, The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship Fund, or to set up a charitable fund, call 201-568-5608 or send an e-mail to


The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Englewood, New Jersey, focuses primarily on education, public health, civic engagement, environment, and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  Foundation partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

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