Date: Sep 05, 2003
Press Release Number: 118-2003
The Port Authority today announced that five students from southern Bergen County have been selected to receive scholarships as part of Teterboro Airport’s 19th Annual Community Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament, to be held Monday, September 8, at the Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, N.J.
Since its inception, the scholarship program has raised more than $60,000 for high school students in southern Bergen County who are pursuing degrees in aviation-related fields.
Many of the airport tenants and nearby businesses have participated in the charity event over the past two decades and find it a great opportunity to encourage students to pursue careers in the aviation industry.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"At the Port Authority, we are firmly committed to being good neighbors to the people who live, work and learn near our facilities. This program is one of many we offer at Teterboro to meet that commitment.\"
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"This charity event is an excellent example of the various ways our community outreach programs are designed to benefit young people in this region. We also offer educational tours, career days and airport open houses.\"
Teterboro Airport Manager Lanny Rider said, \"This airport is an important part of the local community. More than 1,200 men and women work at Teterboro, and 94 percent of these people live in neighborhoods within a few miles of the airport. In addition, more than 5,000 others are employed in off-airport businesses that are directly related to airport operations.\"
The following students received scholarships this year:
- Paul Fontana, Wood-Ridge High School.
- Richard Krajunus, Becton Regional High School, East Rutherford.
- Cassandra De’Esposito, Ridgefield Park Jr.-Sr. High School.
- Christian Perez, Bogota Jr. & Sr. High School.
- Philip Warmuz, Hasbrouck Heights Jr. & Sr. High School.