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About the Van Duzer Scholarship Fund

A brief history
In 1987, members of the Diocesan Youth Commission decided to form a scholarship fund to assist young people entering post-secondary education. The scholarship was named for the Right Reverend Albert W. Van Duzer, eighth bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.

For more than fifty years, Bishop Van Duzer was an advocate for youth in the Diocese of New Jersey. He served as Youth Director from 1949 to 1954 and was a member of the Board of Youth Consultative Service from 1953 to 1963. Bishop Van Duzer was one of the founding members of the Youth Events in the Diocese and shared his vision of a full-time youth director for the diocese.

The first scholarship was awarded in 1989.  Since then, more than 150 scholarships have been awarded to youth of the Diocese. Some of the recipients have continued in the tradition of Bishop Van Duzer and work with young people in and beyond the diocese.

Purpose and criteria for awards 

The purpose of the Bishop Van Duzer scholarship fund is to assist high-school seniors preparing to enter their first year of accredited post-secondary education.  Applicants should be aware that certain criteria will be considered in the awarding of scholarship funds: service to the local and wider church, community service, academic achievement, and financial need.  This application and additonal information must be electronically submitted no later than April 1, 2019 .  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in on time.

This fund is to assist high school seniors preparing to enter college and post-secondary education programs.

Application process 
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship from the fund, you can click on the link here:

Click here to complete the online application

Your application and additional information must be electronically submitted no later than April 1, 2019. You are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in by the deadline. Please Note: Incomplete packets will not be considered.

Only electronically submitted applications will be accepted.  Please do not mail any forms to the Diocese.

For more information 

Contact:  Ms. Ann Notte: or 609 394-5281, ext. 41.


The Van Duzer Scholarship fund has continued to grow over the years through donations from the Diocesan Youth Commission Committees of the diocese, congregations, and individuals. The family of Bishop Van Duzer has identified the Scholarship Fund as a desired recipient of gifts in Bishop Van Duzer’s memory.

Please make checks payable to the “Diocese of New Jersey” in memo field marked Van Duzer Scholarship Fund, send to Diocese of New Jersey, 808 West State Street, Trenton NJ 08618, Attention: Finance Office.


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