Editor's note: The following is a news release issued by The Lawrenceville School.
Lawrenceville School seniors Gus Berrizbeitia (Concord, Mass.), Antoine Crepin-Heroux (Quebec, Canada), Nick Fenton (Skillman, N.J.), Dara Ferguson (Cambria Heights, N.Y.), Shiva Sethi (New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Tang (Cranbury, N.J.), and Kristin Tsuo (Princeton, N.J.) have been selected as finalists for a scholarship from the Robert Mammano Frezza Scholarship Fund.
The recipient, to be selected in the late spring, will receive a $24,000 grant to help defray the cost of his or her college tuition.
Scholarship candidates are nominated by a Lawrenceville teacher and their candidacy is reviewed by a committee of school faculty. The finalists are then evaluated by members of the Fund's scholarship selection committee, who select the recipient.
The selection process considers each candidate's contributions to the vitality of the school during his/her Lawrenceville career, as well as his/her personal character, professional aspirations, and life values.
The following criteria will be considered in the evaluation process:
- Capacity to lead and motivate, particularly as evidenced in his or her Lawrenceville career
- Scholastic ability and achievement
- Moral force of character
- Priorities on friendship and family
- Acceptance of differences
- Personal ambition
- Empathy for and openness to all
The Fund, established in 2003 to honor the memory of Robert (Bob) M. Frezza '98, awards one annual scholarship to a college-bound Lawrenceville senior who best exemplifies the values and potential Frezza evidenced during his short but dynamic life. Each scholarship pays $6,000 per year, totaling $24,000 over four years. The Scholarship is awarded solely on merit. Until this year, scholarships were awarded only to Stanford University-bound Lawrentians.
The Fund was endowed with generous contributions from Frezza's family, friends, coworkers, and most notably his mentor Max Levchin, founding Chief Technology Officer of PayPal, Inc. Frezza was a 1998 graduate of the Lawrenceville School and a senior at Stanford University, where he studied computer science and economics, when he passed away shortly before his 22nd birthday.
According to Lawrenceville School history teacher Regan Kerney, “Bob was a unique individual whose diverse talents were exceeded only by the love he inspired in the people around him. He was a strong student academically, involved, influential, and well-loved in the Lawrenceville community throughout his four years at the School. "