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East Rutherford, NJ – On Saturday, May 13, 2006, the New Jersey Devils Alumni Association will honor four student-athletes as recipients of this year’s scholarships for college-bound hockey players.  The announcement was made by the association’s co-directors, Bruce Driver and Randy Velischek.

This year’s winners are:  Michael Bukantz, Livingston, NJ;  Christopher Donini, Clifton, NJ;  Michael Kaufer, Paramus, NJ;  and John Pitonyak, Trenton, NJ.  Each recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship to assist in their education at the college or university of their choice.  The scholarships will be presented at the NJSIAA scholarship luncheon on Sunday, May 21, 2006.

Winners were nominated by their athletic director or coach and complied with Scholarship Rules, which include the following criteria:  through their most recent grading period, the applicant must have attained a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading system) or equivalent grade if the student’s school uses a different grading system.

Additionally, the applicant must have shown a commitment to volunteer work and community service through continued participation in a variety of projects or community organizations.  Community activities should reflect that the applicant is unselfishly “giving back” to society and that the applicant is motivated to serve.  Each winner must be accepted for admission on a full-time matriculating basis to a two- or four-year academic program at an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

The alumni association was formed for the purposes of:  bringing together former Devils players to develop enjoyable civic activities and charitable fund raisers;  participating in worthwhile charity/community service programs;  and developing means to help promote amateur hockey.  For a copy of the Official Rules and further information, please contact the Devils at 973-757-6100.  This marks the seventh year of the alumni association’s scholarship program.

 

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