IUOE LOCAL 825 announces its 2021 scholarship contest winners

THE 2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS have been selected. They will receive up to $10,000 over four years of schooling, the beneficiaries of Local 825’s fundraising events held throughout the year. This year’s ten winners are:

Three of the ten won awards in specific categories. Seven were awarded scholarships based on academic criteria. Here are this year’s winners.

Ryan Alves

Ryan Alves, the son of Roger Alves of Hawthorne, a graduate of Hawthorne High School, was awarded the Outstanding Student Service Scholarship. Ryan will attend Ramapo College in the fall and plans to study nursing. His career goal is to work in the field of emergency medicine.


Arwen Haegele, the daughter of Robert Haegele of Doylestown, PA, was awarded the Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarship Award. A graduate of Central Bucks West High School, Arwen will attend the University of Colorado to study nursing. Her career goal is to work in the healthcare field.

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Emma Horton, granddaughter of Dennis DuBois of Washingtonville, NY, graduated from Washingtonville High School. She is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Appreciation and Understanding of Unionism and the Labor Movement Scholarship. She plans to attend Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this fall to major in Marine Biology.

The remaining seven winners were each awarded academic scholarships.

Jenna Franco

Jenna Franco, of Mahwah is the granddaughter of Joseph Bernardella. A graduate of Mahwah High School, she will attend Providence College, RI, in the fall to major in biology. She plans eventually to work in the medical field.

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis of Washington, NJ, is the son of Richard Lewis and a graduate of Warren Hills Regional High School. Richard plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University and major in Accounting. His career goal is to work in the field of Accounting.

Cristina Lopes Esteves

Cristina Lopes Esteves of Elizabeth, the daughter of Domingo Esteves, graduated from Elizabeth High School, Frank J. Cicarell Academy. Cristina will attend Rutgers University, planning to study Criminal Justice. Her goal is to go on to law school and become a trial lawyer.

Skye Frawley

Skye Frawley of Newfoundland, NJ., is the daughter of Thomas J. Frawley, Jr. Skye was homeschooled and will attend the College of New Jersey as a journalism major. Her career goal is to become a writer and reporter.

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown of Toms River is the daughter of Jay E. Brown. She graduated from Toms River High School North and will attend the University of The Sciences, planning to major in its six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Her career goal is to become a licensed Physical Therapist and eventually work alongside professional athletes.

Bryan Capela

Bryan Capela of Elizabeth is the son of Alcides Capela. Bryan graduated from Elizabeth High School, Frank J. Cicarell Academy and plans to attend Steven Institute of Technology to major in Mechanical Engineering. His career goal is to work in Aerospace Engineering.

Danielle Sharra

Danielle Sharra of Egg Harbor Township is the daughter of John Sharra. A graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School, she will attend Stockton University and major in forensic psychology.

This year’s winners will be honored with a dinner on June 1 at the East Brunswick Hilton. They will be joined by 2020 fellow honorees, whose dinner last year was canceled due to the pandemic.