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2023 Student-Athlete Scholarship Winners

Did you know that only 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships to college? That’s why Ballers & Bookworms is dedicated to helping student-athletes in New Jersey pursue their academic and athletic dreams.

Thanks to your generous support, we were able to award four $500 scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors from New Egypt, Brick, and Burlington Township. These remarkable young women have excelled in both the classroom and the field, and have inspiring plans for their future. Please take a moment to learn about our recipients and join us in celebrating their achievements.

Reagan is wearing a dress and holding her scholarship award

Reagan - New Egypt High School

Reagan was a captain of the varsity field hockey and women's basketball teams, earning all-state field hockey honors in 2021 and 2022. Even with her busy athletic schedule, she still achieved above a 4.0 weighted GPA. What drew us to Reagan was her essay that spoke about leadership and what it means to be a true captain. Reagan will be attending King's College where she will study to become a physician assistant.

Carley holds her scholarship award and stands next to Ballers & Bookworms President, Tyler Kazio

Carley - Brick Township High School Carley was a varsity field hockey and softball player, an active member of multiple student clubs, and still graduated with almost a perfect GPA. What we loved about Carley's application is how she spoke about admiring her older sisters and how sports forms some of our strongest relationships. Carley will be continuing her education in the Honors Program at Susquehanna University.

Kayla shakes hands with Ballers & Bookworms' Athletic Director, Matt Carroll. Standing next to them is Board of Director, Katina George.

Kayla - Burlington Township High School Kayla was a four year member of the varsity soccer team as well as participated in winter and spring track. She graduated with a 4.8 weighted GPA but what we loved most about Kayla was her essay about how sports mimics life, teaching us lessons in resilience, grit, and dedication. Kayla will be continuing her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

A headshot of Arianna wearing a black dress and sitting in front of a black background

Arianna - Brick Memorial High School Arianna was a member of the co-ed flag football team, and we loved reading about how she's learned it doesn't matter who you're facing or how many times you get knocked down. Sports teaches us courage and perseverance which are valuable lessons on and off the field. Besides flag football, Arianna was a member of the cross country team and dedicated to her karate training. She did this all while maintaining a near perfect GPA. Arianna will be continuing her education at The College of New Jersey.


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