Congrats to the 2019 AMTNJ Scholarship Winners – Marlee Butryn, Samantha Cohn, Caroline Luckhowec, and Jacqueline Metz (not pictured)

2019 Scholarship Award Winners Marlee Butryn, Samantha Cohn, and Caroline Luckhowec standing with Tom Walsh, Neil Cooperman, Stephanie Cooperman, and Joan Vas (2019 Scholarship Award Winner Jacqueline Metz not pictured)

The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey Awards Four Scholarships for 2019

Joan J. Vas, Executive Coordinator Scholarship Program

For the 2018-2019 school year, AMTNJ awarded four students each a $2,500 scholarship.  This year’s awardees are Marlee Butryn, Pequannock Township High School, sponsored by Dr. Elissa Scillieri, Pequannock Township School District Mathematics Supervisor, Samantha Cohn and Jacqueline P. Metz, both from Pascack Valley Regional High School and both sponsored by Dr. Mark Russo, Pascack Valley Regional High School District Mathematics & Computer Science Supervisor, and Caroline Luckhowec, OCVTS Performing Arts Academy, sponsored by mathematics teacher, Robin Kelly.

Marlee Butryn will be attending Monmouth University in the fall.  Marlee wrote in her essay that “ever since a young age, I have had the passion to one day become a teacher.  I vividly remember setting my stuffed animals in a row on my living room couch and teaching them math and science on a whiteboard.  I would always carry a pink calculator and ask my dad to give me math problems to solve when I was bored.  As I grew older, I realized that I wanted to be able to help others understand the meaning behind the numbers and unlock their full potential when it came to the subject.”

Samantha Cohn will be attending The University of Connecticut in the fall.  Samantha wrote in her essay that, “for as long as I can remember, my dream profession was to become a teacher.  As I grew older I realized that I had a passion for math.  I have fed my passion by tutoring my peers as well as becoming a teaching assistant in a sophomore geometry class.  Watching the students understand the concepts I teach them brings me so much joy.”

Caroline Luckhowec will be attending Rutgers University in the fall.  She wrote in her essay that, “I have always loved kids.  From helping teach young children at my job in a preschool to helping my friends decipher complicated integrals and statistical proofs, I have always found firm footing in teaching.  Math teachers have had such a massive impact on my life.  They help me through tough times and some are the most empathetic people I have met.  I want to continue that legacy, helping kids evolve both emotionally and mathematically, while being a beacon for students to look up to when searching for a role model.”

Jacqueline P. Metz will be attending Penn State University in the fall.  Jacqueline wrote in her application that “I’ve wanted to be a teacher since kindergarten.  I want to inspire students, and learn all I can to accomplish that.” She participated in her high school’s Teacher Cadet Internship Program by assisting in a freshman Algebra class along with a sophomore Geometry class.  She will be majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education and minoring in Special Education.

Congratulations to our awardees!  Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee consisting of AMTNJ  President Stephanie Cooperman, Past President Thomas Walsh, AMTNJ Treasurer Neil Cooperman, along with Joan Vas, Executive Coordinator of the AMTNJ Scholarship Program.  It should be noted that this is the 23nd year that AMTNJ has awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors interested in a career in mathematics education.  To date, 62 candidates have received this initial scholarship.  Once the initial award is made, awardees are contacted for the next three years and given the chance to apply for a renewal scholarship.  The amount of the renewal scholarship is dependent upon available funds at that time.  Thank you to the AMTNJ Executive Board and the AMTNJ membership for their continued support of this program.  Special thanks to President Stephanie Cooperman for her generous support of this program.

It is never too early to start thinking about the 2020 AMTNJ Scholarship. The application, due April 15, 2020, can be found here.