MFD Annual Scholarships

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners:

Tanner Tighelaar (Lt. Charles Garbarini Scholarship)

Alice Melvin (Nicole Surace Scholarship)

Lt. Charles Garbarini was a firefighter who faithfully served the Fire Department of New York until his tragic death on Sept. 11, 2001. Lt. Garbarini died at the World Trade Center in a valiant attempt to save both lives and property. Lt. Garbarini left behind a wife, Andrea and two sons: Phillip and Dylan. The Milltown Fire Department donates to various charities including this scholarship with money raised through multiple fundraisers, including a golf outing held in memory of Lt. Garbarini.

Nicole Surace was a Milltown resident whose community-oriented spirit, overwhelming dedication and love for her family and friends was tragically cut short in an automobile accident. Nicole was a graduate of Spotswood High School who was attending Monmouth University.

In memory of Lt. Garbarini, one $1000 scholarship is being awarded to a high school senior from Milltown who plans to further his/her education. In memory of Nicole, one $750 scholarship is being awarded to a high school senior from Milltown who plans on continuing their education.

These scholarships require completion of the application below and a 150-word paragraph (1/2 page min.) based on the information below. Winners will be chosen based on the strength of their applications.

The MFD is a volunteer organization that takes great pride in our service to the community. The paragraph should discuss the importance of volunteerism. The applicant should talk specifically about how he/she has given back to their community and how he/she plans to continue doing so in the future.

2024 Information will be posted in April/May of 2024.