Year 2001 Winners
Congratulations go out to the second annual HYAL Scholarship Winners as chosen by the Raritan High School Guidance Department:
Baseball: John Bird
Cheerleading: Toni Dente
Football: Jason England
Softball: Melissa Mason
Year 2000 Winners
Program Guidelines: (see the end for the updated guidelines!!!)
Dear Raritan High School Senior,
HYAL is pleased to offer you an opportunity to receive a one-time $500 scholarship for having participated in HYAL sports and for having received a Varsity sports letter from Raritan High School. If you are interested in this scholarship, here's all you have to do. First, you need to get a copy of the HYAL application from your Guidance Counselor at RHS. Next, you must file your completed application no later than March 31st of your senior year at Raritan High School. Your completed application must be returned to:
Mr. Thomas Hanlon
Raritan High School
If March 31st falls on a non school day, your application must be handed in on the very next school day. There are no exceptions to this rule.
For you to be considered an HYAL scholarship applicant, all of the following qualifications must have been attained:
You must have been a participant in any combination of HYAL sports for at least five (5) years prior to becoming a senior in high school. You must be a graduating senior in the current Raritan High School class. Students attending other high schools are not eligible for this scholarship. You must have received a varsity letter in your junior or senior year in one of these sports:
Basketball (Boys or Girls)
Wrestling (eligibility starts in the year 2003)
Note: As a point of clarification, varsity sport managers, score keepers and book keepers who have received a varsity letter in any of these 6 (six) sports also fulfill the HYAL scholarship eligibility requirements.
You may submit only one HYAL scholarship application for your participation in any one of the six sports listed above. You must plan on attending an accredited two, or four-year college, or trade school. You must start the college or trade school in the Fall Semester after you have graduated from Raritan High School. The HYAL scholarship will be a one-time award of up to a maximum of $500 in any of the six sports noted above. HYAL not only reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships bestowed each year, but may also cancel these scholarships at any time.
The HYAL scholarship will also be based upon the following additional criteria:
Having maintained a minimum of a 3.0 GPA over the course of your career at Raritan High School.
Having displayed a history of HYAL involvement, community involvement and volunteer work.
Strength and uniqueness of your completed "What impact did HYAL have on my life" essay.
If you fail to attend the college or trade school in the Fall semester following your graduation from Raritan High School, any monies received from the HYAL scholarship must be returned to HYAL by September 30th of that same year. The scholarship winners will be determined by the RHS Guidance Scholarship Committee. The decision of the RHS Guidance Scholarship Committee and HYAL is final. No substitutions will be offered. Unclaimed scholarships will be forfeited.
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Executive Board of the Hazlet Youth Athletic League (HYAL) has added an additional scholarship, which we've called an "At Large" scholarship, to it's current yearly scholarship program. HYAL will now provide a maximum of eight - $500 scholarships for graduating Raritan high school seniors. As you know, HYAL's original scholarship program was limited to those seniors who are the recipient of a varsity letter from Raritan in any one of the following sports: Baseball, Basketball (Boys or Girls), Cheerleading, Football, Softball, and starting in 2003, Wrestling. With the addition of the "At Large" scholarship, we've extended our scholarship program to include those individuals who have gone through the HYAL program, and have fulfilled all of the other requirements of HYAL's current scholarship Cove Roaditeria, and have earned a Varsity Letter in some other sport not offered in HYAL, e.g. Track, Band, Tennis, etc.
The Executive Board has also decided to widen the scope of the original requirements for the seven HYAL sport scholarships. In the past, we have found that situations have arose, whereby there were no qualified seniors for one or more of the HYAL sport supported scholarships, and consequently none were given out for a particular sport. However, we have also seen where there were more than one qualified candidate for a particular sport, and consequently one or more of the qualified candidates would not receive a scholarship. In those scenarios, we are authorizing the Guidance Department to offer an "unclaimed" scholarship for a particular HYAL supported sport like boys Basketball, and award it to a second qualified candidate in another HYAL supported sport, like Girls Basketball, or Football, or Cheerleading, or Baseball, or Softball, or Wrestling (starting in 2003).
I have had the pleasure of coordinating this program with Mr. Hanlon in the past. Mr. Hanlon has samples of the HYAL Scholarship Application, as well as the Scholarship Qualifications Requirements letter, which summarizes all of the particulars. In addition to the scholarship, each winner will receive a personalized plaque commemorating his/her achievement. I hope that this program will meet with your approval and have the support of your Director of Guidance, Ms. Carol Freedman. HYAL would like to commence the offering of this new "At Large" scholarship, along with the expanded scope of the seven existing HYAL sport supported scholarships, with the current Raritan High School senior class.