Essex Catholic High School Foundation Scholarships provide financial support to students attending private (non-public) high schools and any undergraduate college/university in the United States who are children or grandchildren or other descendants of ECHS alumni. The Foundation annually awards three competitive scholarships of $1,000 each to students who are accepted and will be entering grades 9 through 12 (high school) or freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior year in college. The deadline for submitting an application to the Foundation Scholarship Committee is midnight, June 1, for the forthcoming academic year. Scholarships will be awarded by September 1.

The contact person for scholarships is Foundation Scholarship Committee Chairman Roger Desiderio ’67rdesiderio@benditweinstock.com973-736-9800

Read this thank you letter from Seton Hall Prep:

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Application Process

  • Applicants must provide proof of acceptance to a private high school, or college/university.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with the application.
  • The applicant must complete part one of the application and the parent(s) can assist as necessary.
  • The parent(s) must complete part two of the application.

Mail applications and/ or letters to:

  • Essex Catholic High School Foundation Scholarship
    c/o Decker Tape Products
    2 Stewart Place
    Fairfield, NJ 07004-2202
  • If you have any questions, please call the
    ECHS Foundation Scholarship Committee Chairman at (973) 736-9800.
  • Contact Person:
    Roger Desiderio

Our Partnership With Cristo Rey Newark

We are pleased and proud to support Cristo Rey Newark High School, our “adopted high school,” where challenging academics combined with real-world employment establish a foundation for success in higher education and the workforce for young adults from urban families with limited economic resources. Cristo Rey Newark, founded in 2007 at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, is part of the nationwide, 35-school Cristo Rey Network and the only coeducational Catholic high school in Newark. The school has graduated more than 450 students, with a 100% college acceptance rate and more than $70 million in scholarships (as of 2019) and partnered with more than 60 public, private and nonprofit corporations. The Foundation supports Cristo Rey Newark financially through an annual donation and fundraising events such as the 300 Broadway Reception and Tour and Eagles Open Alumni Golf Outing. Several Essex Catholic alumni donate their time and talents as athletic coaches and board members.

Phil-Jay Whyte is an exemplary Cristo Rey Newark student who appreciates the work of the Foundation to support his school. Phil-Jay, who transferred into CRN in September 2019 from Jamaica, was selected, by teachers, as President of the newly formed Student Council. He works in the Advancement office, and is “a highly committed, straight A student.” In January 2020, he wrote the Foundation, following the 300 Broadway Reception and Tour:

January 29, 2020

Dear Essex Men;

Phil-Jay Whyte

I am thankful for your generous gift to my school. As a transfer student from Jamaica, I did not know what to expect when I came into this new experience. I am almost finished with my first semester, and I am amazed at how much I have grown. I have been given opportunities, whether leadership positions in clubs, application to the National Honor Society or being exposed to all that is required of the college admissions process.

The academics at Cristo Rey Newark are rigorous, especially the advanced placement classes I have, which take up most of my time. As a result of my hard work, I am now In the Principal’s Circle, the Honor Roll category in which students with all A’s are placed. The Principal even treated us to a special lunch at a local restaurant to celebrate our achievements. The teachers are passionate about the subject sthey teach, and they ensure we never leave the classroom without understanding the material. I could have never done this without them.

As we approach the end of the first semester, I am proud to be a Cristo Rey Newark student. There are many opportunities available, and I grab them with both hands. The community here is supportive, and they lead us in the right direction. Thank you for supporting us and helping to make Cristo Rey Newark my newfound home.

Yours Respectfully,

Phil-Jay Whyte