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Greater Bergen Awards its Annual Scholarship to Local Youth Despite COVID Crisis

Hackensack, NJ – Annually since Lois A. Braithwaite’s passing in 2015, Greater Bergen Community Action awards scholarships in her name: a name that embodies educational excellence and community service – as reflected in each chosen recipient.

The Bergen County anti-poverty agency announced it awarded their 2021 Lois A. Braithwaite Scholarships to 28 qualifying students who are pursuing undergraduate level college, vocational or trade school and who demonstrate economic need. The scholarship is intended to help students in meeting some of the ancillary costs associated with pursuing a post-secondary education.

The Lois A. Braithwaite Scholarship Fund received increased support from its sponsors this year, increasing the award amount from $1,500 to $2,000 per recipient. Sponsors of the 2021 Lois A. Braithwaite Scholarship Fund are: Hub International (Platinum); BDO, USA, LLP (Gold); Meridia Capodagli Property (Silver); New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (Silver); United Supply Corp (Silver); Winn Companies (Silver); and Pearlman & Miranda, LLC (Bronze).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greater Bergen held its scholarship ceremony virtually, premiering a video on June 14th, 2021, in which each scholarship winner is introduced and celebrated for their accomplishments. All of this year’s recipients were graduates of high schools in areas that Greater Bergen serves, which are Bergen County, Paterson and Jersey City.

The Lois A. Braithwaite Scholarship will continue to aid deserving scholars annually on their educational journeys. To learn more about the scholarship and Greater Bergen Community Action, visit or email with inquiries.


Bergen Community Action (GBCA) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America. For more information about GBCA, go to


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