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Ten WOHS Seniors Receive Donald and Lisa Shauger’s Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship for 2019

July 24, 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, the West Orange Scholarship Fund (WOSF) has presented graduating West Orange High School seniors with the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship that was established by Lisa and Donald Shauger in 2014 in memory of former West Orange police officer Timothy Groves.

At the West Orange High School’s Senior Awards Night ceremony held on June 13, 2019, the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship was awarded to 10 scholarship recipients: Hailey Adelsohn, Kayla Ceaser, Nathanael Dalger, Amber Dalmacy, Vincent Daniels, Colin Morgan, Raymond Porch Jr., Saniyiah Richardson, Ayana Tapper, and Tahis Vigo.

In total, the 2019 Groves Memorial Scholarship recipients received $10,150 in scholarship funds. Several of the Groves Memorial Scholars also received additional scholarships, including the US Army (West Point) Scholarship, Mountaineer End Zone Award, and the Physical Education Scholarship. Including this year’s recipients, there have been 35 recipients of the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship to date.

At this year’s West Orange High School Senior Awards Night ceremony, the WOSF awarded $95,000 overall, with 113 total awards presented to 90 different seniors. It was one of the highest sums ever awarded in the history of the WOSF, which was founded in 1923.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the WOSF is managed and overseen by approximately 30 volunteer trustees; the WOSF has never missed a single year of awarding student scholarships, and it has given out well over $1.3 million in scholarships to date. There were 12 brand-new scholarships distributed this year.

To be eligible for the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, interested students must complete an application, which—along with the student’s academic record, financial need, and extracurricular involvement—is evaluated by the WOSF committee. For the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship, specifically, special consideration is given to students in financial need who share Officer Groves’ selfless dedication to community service and volunteer opportunities. Future career plans in law enforcement or criminal justice are not required criteria for a Groves Memorial Scholar, as scholarships are awarded regardless of students’ intended career paths, but it is especially meaningful when recipients share Officer Groves’ love for law and justice.

“It is a great group again this year and one that Timmy would be proud to be associated with,” said Jim Quinn, treasurer of the WOSF.

In December 2018, The Shauger Group (TSG) partnered with the West Orange Education Foundation and WOSF to host the first annual Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Raffle. The raffle raised $15,040 in total, with one hundred percent of the raffle proceeds benefiting the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship.

In past years, TSG has also hosted fundraiser dinners to support the scholarship and the students it benefits. Lisa Shauger, president/CEO of TSG, and Donald Shauger, executive vice president of TSG, also make miscellaneous contributions to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship during the course of each year.

The Shaugers often encourage others to donate to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship if they are in a position to do so, in the hope that the continued support of the scholarship will provide much-needed financial support to local youth.

“Seeing how successful the scholarship has been over the last several years, I have no doubt that it is a reflection on Timmy Groves himself and on the impact he had on the community during his lifetime,” said Donald Shauger. “Timmy gave constantly to the community around him—not only by serving and protecting the community as part of the West Orange Police Department, but also by volunteering with local youth, mentorship programs, and the Special Olympics. People won’t forget the difference he made, and it is fitting that there is a scholarship fund living on in his name that is making a difference in the same way he did.”

“Not a day goes by that Don and I aren’t proud of the incredible opportunities the scholarship has provided to students in West Orange,” said Lisa Shauger. “Tim Groves meant a lot to us, and we know he would be honored to be associated with the scholarship. We look forward to continuing our commitment to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship and the West Orange Scholarship Fund—and to the students they benefit—for many years to come.”

Before Officer Groves passed away from cancer in 2013, he was known not only for his commitment to the West Orange Police Department, but also for his leadership within the West Orange community and his passion for community service. That was the basis for the Shaugers’ decision to keep Officer Groves’ legacy alive through a scholarship that helps students who are as similarly hardworking and service-oriented as he was. Officer Groves, the 2009 West Orange Police Officer of the Year, received countless awards for valor, community service, and citizenship during his lifetime; after his passing, the Watchung Heights police substation was even officially renamed in his honor.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship can donate year-round. Donation checks can be made payable to the West Orange Scholarship Fund (noting “Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship” in the memo) and mailed to West Orange Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Quinn, 23 Witte Place, West Orange, NJ 07052. Donations can also be made online via PayPal, by visiting the WOSF page here on the West Orange Board of Education website.


About the 2019 Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Hailey Adelsohn: Adelsohn was a member of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), as well as the Junior Statesmen of America, marching band, and percussion ensemble. Adelsohn was awarded the American Legion Scholastic Award, for cadets who exhibit commendable leadership and who also rank in the top 10 percent of their class and top 25 percent of the Air Force Junior ROTC. Philanthropic at heart, Adelsohn took it upon herself to host a fundraiser to help the victims of—and families affected by—the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Kayla Ceaser: Also involved in the Air Force Junior ROTC, Ceaser will be joining the Air Force. Committed to academics and extracurriculars, Ceaser was given the Veterans Award for her academic achievement, leadership traits, and volunteerism, as well as earned six college credits while at West Orange High School. Ceaser had the opportunity to experience boot camp at Fort Dix, from drills and physical training to team building activities and military study.

Nathanael Dalger: Following closely in Officer Groves’s footsteps, Dalger plans to study criminal justice post-graduation. A leader at heart, Dalger was a Boy Scout, and he also sang in his church’s choir. A leader on the field, Dalger served as captain of both the football team and lacrosse team at West Orange High School, as well as played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball. On West Orange Senior Awards Night, Dalger was also awarded the Mountaineer End Zone Award.

Amber Dalmacy: A highly accomplished and conscientious student, Dalmacy was a member of the National Honor Society, Italian National Honor Society, and History National Honor Society. Dalmacy was a squad leader and captain of the girls drill team; she was also involved with the Mountaineer Mentorship Program and Junior Statesmen of America. Dalmacy intends to pursue a career as a criminal justice lawyer or judge.

Vincent Daniels: With a demonstrated passion for service, Daniels was a squad leader and top cadet at West Orange Junior Police Academy. Very much like Officer Groves before him, Daniels plans to study criminal justice and work in law enforcement. Daniels also served as a delegate to the American Legion Jersey Boys State and a co-captain of the pit section of the West Orange High School marching band.

Colin Morgan: With a stellar academic record, Morgan earned a 4.1 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society. A varsity-lettered captain of the wrestling team, Morgan was the co-winner of the West Orange High School Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year title; he also won the West Orange Junior Wrestling Award on West Orange High School Sports Awards Night and made Athletic Honor Roll. Morgan participated in the Summer Leadership Experience at the US Military Academy, served as a delegate to the American Legion Jersey Boys State, and was a flight commander in the Air Force Junior ROTC; he was also a debater, as well as a student mentor with the wrestling club and Police Athletic League (PAL) youth football league. Morgan, who will be attending West Point in the fall, also received the US Army West Point Scholarship on Senior Awards Night. Morgan is the younger brother of West Point Cadet Christopher Morgan, who passed away tragically in a training accident at West Point in June 2019.

Raymond Porch Jr.: Much like Officer Groves, Porch has a clear passion for law enforcement, criminal justice, and community service. Porch will study criminal justice in the fall, and he previously attended West Orange Junior Police Academy; Porch’s charity work included volunteering at Our Lady of the Valley Church’s food pantry. His other extracurricular activities included spending four years on the bowling team, spending two years on the golf team, and attending Write on Sports at Montclair State University.

Saniyiah Richardson: Interested in pursuing a career as a forensic scientist, Richardson will study criminal justice. Sharing Officer Groves’s dedication to helping others, Richardson was involved with countless community service projects, including volunteering as a court clerk at the Orange Court House for two years, working with a toy drive, and serving as a volunteer volleyball coach. Richardson, who was co-captain of the girls volleyball team, also won the Physical Education Scholarship on Senior Awards Night and made Athletic Honor Roll.

Ayana Tapper: Like many of her fellow Groves Memorial Scholarship winners, Tapper was a member of the Air Force Junior ROTC. Reaching a rank of Inspector General, Tapper received countless awards: Silver Valor Award, Top Performer Award, Air Force Sergeants Association Award, Pathfinder of Leadership Award, and American Legion Scholastic Military Excellence Award. Interested in a career in service, Tapper plans to study criminal justice and law.

Tahis Vigo: Dedicated not only to her studies, but also to extracurricular activities, Vigo was a member of the Junior Statesmen of America, Spanish Club, Auto Club, Unity Club, and Asian Culture Club. Eager to take on leadership opportunities, Vigo served as Secretary of Class Council for four years; she also volunteered her time widely, such as by tutoring students at Washington School and volunteering at Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation. Vigo intends to pursue criminal justice and social work.


Photo credits: Cynthia Cumming. Photos courtesy of the West Orange Scholarship Fund.

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