Scholarship Winners RespondMany thanks to those who have contributed to the Bennett Brand Memorial Fund. Because of you, four wonderful kids who attend Dunellen High School benefited greatly in 2011. (See their photos in former post.)

Matthew Corrales was able to study Songwriting and Recording at Lebanon Valley College. He wrote two beautiful letters to us! I was nervous about going…I was able to get a feeling of what college would be like…this course allowed me to expand my knowledge of the music world. I was able to learn so much about songwriting--every day of class was something new..  

Stephanie Heidinger who attended the University of Notre Dame for a program in Theology, wrote enthusiastically about her experience: From passionate class discussions to visiting the Amish community in Shipshewana, I was constantly being exposed to an invigorating diversity and venturing outside my comfort zone. I was surprised by how much I was unearthing about myself. I delved into an inexperienced world and grew holistically as a person.

Rebecca Turlip found her program at Lebanon Valley College most gratifying:
I really enjoyed learning in a college environment with new faces and places that I've never seen before. Coming from a little one-square-mile town where I've seen the same people my whole life, this was a great change of pace for me. Not only was it a challenge to solve the problems, but it was difficult as well to do this on a computer, which I had never done before. I accepted the challenge.

Gabriel Guttierez also attended Lebanon Valley College for a very special program in Animal Psychology:
     I spent so much time exploring a new world...it would not be possible without your help. I hope you...give more students the opportunity to enjoy these kind of programs.

If you would like to help make these experiences possible for more students, either schedule a Punjabi cooking class (see the one coming up on ‘Calendar’) or send a check to:

        The Bennett Brand Memorial Fund
        1946 Winding Brook Way
        Scotch Plains, NJ 07076