History and Mission
The James Caldwell High School Scholarship Fund was established in 1963 under a Certificate of Incorporation certified by the Commissioner of the Department of institutions and Agencies of the State of New Jersey. The five founding members were members of the communities of Caldwell-West Caldwell.
The mission of the JCHS Scholarship Fund is to encourage, improve and advance higher education in the Caldwell-West Caldwell area through financial assistance, thereby assisting JCHS graduates to attend colleges or other institutions of higher education. The Fund, as a nonprofit entity is focused on fundraising to support the Fund and administering monies received from direct contributions, fundraising and memorial gifts. As administrators of the Fund, its volunteer members strive to ensure compliance with the Fund's constitution and by-laws.
Today, The Fund is affiliated district wide and is designated as a standing subcommittee of the Caldwell - West Caldwell Home School Association League. The Fund is a member of the HSA League. Its membership is composed of community members, including parents of current and past students. Most are HSA members. All district schools have representative members.
The Fund's annual fundraising activities include but are not limited to, a Residential campaign, an Industrial campaign, Shop-Rite Gift Cards, community donations to Willing Hearts Consignment Shop under account 0389, Change Collections, and a May Shred-it event. All proceeds benefit the JCHS Scholarship Fund.
Yearly, April is designated by the Board of Education as Scholarship Month. April opens with a Trivia contest at the high school. Its purpose is to promote scholarship month with scholarship applications available to senior students who intend to further their education. Applications are handled in conjunction with the JCHS Guidance Department. The Committee meets in May for a blind review of applications and essays. At this time scholarship recipients are chosen. The recipients are awarded their scholarships in June at the Senior Awards Assembly.
Out of the extensive list of scholarships that the Fund administers, over $40,000 was awarded to last year's recipients. The Fund itself awarded six $1500.00 scholarships. The student with the highest GPA (out of these six chosen) was designated to receive the Bradford Award. These scholarships are made possible by the support of families like you in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District. Your support and commitment allow the Fund to continue its financial assistance to the children of this community.
The Scholarship Fund Committee holds monthly meetings during the school year at Harrison School. The meeting is listed on the school calendar and usually is the third or fourth Monday of the month. Membership is open to all community members. If you are interested in joining the Committee, contact one of the committee members or join us for a meeting.