ALL IN THE FAMILY
With a humble and quiet demeanor, Melissa Skuriat, graduate of Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark (‘2015) and former Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children recipient, is very aware that she has some big shoes to fill. Melissa is doing extremely well at following in the footstep of her sisters and filling those shoes. She will be attending Manhattan College on a full scholarship which is generously funded by former SFIC Trustee James and Mary Jane Lee.
Melissa, and her two older sisters, have received SFIC scholarships since 2009, and, she was the recipient of the Adeline O. Piccozzi Scholarship. “Without the assistance from The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, and your gracious donors, it would have been extremely difficult to send all three of my daughters to both a Catholic elementary school and high school! Our family believes in the value of a Catholic Education,” says Teresa Skuriat, Melissa’s mother. “I went to an all-girls Catholic High School in Bayonne and I know first-hand that a Catholic education provides well-rounded instruction and promotes ethics.” All three sisters attended St. John the Apostle School and Mother Seton Regional High School, both in Clark.
Receiving this full scholarship to Manhattan College from James and Mary Jane Lee is a God send. The full four year scholarship is providing Melissa with the necessary tools to focus on her studies instead of academic financial need. “I’m looking forward to experiencing a different environment at Manhattan College, along with the challenges and opportunities that come with this new experience” says Melissa. “I’m inspired by all my teachers and my sisters.” Amanda, Melissa’s oldest sister, graduated college and is teaching Physics. Briana, the middle sibling, is currently a junior at Ramapo College and majoring in Accounting. Melissa plans on majoring in Chemistry and is looking forward to a career as a Chemistry teacher, much like her older sister Amanda.
“Melissa is dedicated to her studies and has really grown…she is an independent learner who is very responsible and engaged in education”, according to her teachers at Mother Seton Regional High School. Melissa volunteered as a tutor in mathematics, is a girl scout and worked a part time job while attending school. She was awarded both the Bronze and Silver awards due to her focus on hunger awareness during a Girl Scout troop project. “She is someone who exemplified the Mother Seton spirit and was an asset to our Mother Seton community” according to Mother Seton Principal, Joan Baron.
Melissa “I am very grateful for what The Scholarship Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee, are doing for me by giving me the opportunity to attend Manhattan College. Thank you!”