Foundation Continues Legacy of New Milford Terrorist Victim Darren Drake With Scholarship Award in His Memory

The Northern NJ Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund provides high school seniors with scholarships to receive training in the trade professions and work in positions that frequently struggle to be filled.

Bergen County, New Jersey: — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) Darren Drake Memorial Fund named New Milford High School 2022 graduate Anthony Scrivanich the fifth recipient of its scholarship award.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses its work on the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, philanthropy, and public health.

The NNJCF’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund, a charitable, donor advised fund, memorializes New Milford High School graduate Darren Drake, who died in a terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, 2017.  This NNJCF fund awards an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of New Milford High School to pursue training in the trade or technical professions.

Scrivanich received the $2,000 scholarship from presenter Barbara Drake, mother of Darren Drake, at the high school’s Senior Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 13.    He plans to attend Lincoln Tech in Mahwah, New Jersey and pursue studies in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

During high school, Scrivanich played on several sports teams.  As a member of the basketball team, he received three varsity awards, including two for First Team All League and one for Second Team All League.  While a member of the baseball team, he received First and Second Team All League Awards.

Skilled Laborers Needed in Trade Professions

During his tenure on the New Milford Board of Education, Darren Drake recognized the importance of preparing high school students to pursue vocational careers to meet a shortage of skilled labor in the trade and technical professions.  According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, 30 million jobs are available in these professions, with median earnings of $55,000 annually, that do not require a bachelor of arts degree.  A range of jobs is available in the trade and technical industries, including construction and manufacturing, as well as in the skilled-services industries in healthcare and financial services.

A study undertaken by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found manufacturers need to hire four million workers from 2021 through 2030.  These workers will fill positions created by industry growth and retirements from the workforce.  The study predicts manufacturing companies will have difficulty filling at least 2.1 million positions, resulting from a lack of trained applicants.

Continue Darren Drake’s Legacy

In remembrance of Darren Drake, and as a lasting tribute to his lifelong love of and commitment to education, Moody’s Foundation provided the principal gift to establish the fund, which is advised by his parents.  The public can continue Darren Drake’s commitment to education and his legacy through donations made in his memory.

Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online at https://www.nnjcf.org/cause-posts/the-darren-drake-memorial-fund-memorializes-darren-scott-drake/.  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to ‘The Northern NJ Community Foundation’ with ‘Darren Drake Memorial Fund’ entered in the memo line. 
Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

About Northern NJ Community Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, philanthropy, and public health.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

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

Photo: Barbara Drake, mother of Darren Drake, presented Anthony Scrivanich with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund’s 2022 scholarship award. Photo Credit: Jimmy Drake

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