Community Foundation of New Jersey

Perry Wins Red Bank Journalism Scholarship

June 28, 2017

The Selection Committee of The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship today announced the recipient of its 2017 scholarship award.

Griffin Perry, a graduating senior at Red Bank Regional High School (RBRHS), will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Griffin is the president of his class and active in numerous extracurricular activities, including Math League and Model UN. He is a talented pianist, having performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and venues across Austria through the Golden Key International Music Festival. He has taught piano since 2012 and is president of the Youth for Classical Music club at RBRHS. While Griffin has a passion for music, he also has a deep interest in science and will major in Cognitive Science on the Pre-Med track at the University of Virginia this fall. He hopes to one day attend medical school.

The Jonathan Maslow Scholarship is awarded to students exhibiting exceptionally high levels of written proficiency, creativity, and originality, as well as an interest in local or national environmental causes, journalism, or creative writing.  The one-time $5,000 scholarship is open to all RBRHS juniors and seniors who plan to continue their education at an accredited two- or four-year college immediately following their graduation.

The fund was established by members of the RBRHS Class of 1966 in memory of their classmate, Jonathan Maslow.  Jonathan was an accomplished author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, naturalist, and environmentalist.  At the time of his death in 2008 he was an editor and columnist for the Herald News in Paterson, New Jersey.  His accomplishments as a journalist and his commitment to his community are reflected in the many awards bestowed on him including The New Jersey Press Association for Responsible Journalism and the Joseph M. Sklenar Editorial Award.  Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jonathan covered civil strife in Central America, helped save a library in the City of Passaic, fought vigorously to help clean up the Passaic River, and championed efforts to make politicians accountable for their actions.

The Community Foundation of New Jersey administers the fund on behalf of the Scholarship Directors.

About the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Since 1979, individuals and businesses have opened charitable funds at the Community Foundation of New Jersey to fulfill their charitable goals and craft their philanthropic legacies. These Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds have granted tens of millions of dollars each year, and enabled the Foundation to launch its own Changemaker Projects that are improving New Jersey and its dynamic communities. The Foundation’s funds currently hold over $400 million in charitable assets and made over 5,000 grants last year to charitable work in New Jersey and around the world. Visit www.cfnj.org.