GLRBA Scholarship Winners Announced

GLRBA Scholarship Winners Announced The Greater Lumberton Regional Business Association (GLRBA) is pleased to announce its scholarship award recipients for 2008: HangWei Zheng and Ramone Barnes, seniors from Rancocas Valley Regional High School, and Michael T. Wychozowycz, a senior from Seneca High School. The $1000 scholarships were presented to Mr. Zheng, Mr. Barnes, and Mr. Wychozowycz at the GLRBA's Monthly Meeting held on Wednesday May 14, 2008, at the Residence Inn at Bishop's Gate in Mount Laurel, NJ. The recipients' friends and relatives were on hand for the ceremony.

The Greater Lumberton Regional Business Association Scholarship is awarded to 2-3 high school seniors continuing their education as a business major in college. Eligible students must complete an application and essay and live in Lumberton, Hainesport, Mount Laurel, Medford, Mount Holly, Eastampton, Southampton, or Westampton.

"This business association is a network of business owners and business managers in this geographic area," says Barry Lefkowitz, President of the GLRBA. "This scholarship continues to be a program that provides an opportunity for members to reach beyond business concerns, into the community at large."

Hang Wei Zheng
Born in Fuzhou, China and a descendant from a traditional Chinese family, Hang Wei Zheng arrived in NJ at age 12, and attended Mount Holly's F.W. Holbein Middle School. Continuing his education at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, he is a student of distinction and on high honor roll and a recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award for outstanding achievement in the study of mathematics and science. As a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Class Vice President of Student Council, HangWei has been recognized continuously for his academic achievements. Mr. Zheng has managed to maintain a 4.933 Weighted GPA during his senior year.

HangWei is also involved in several school organizations, including the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, REBEL, Student Council, the Mr. RV fundraising pageant, SPEAK, and Students Taking Action and Responsibility Today (START). He has also contributed time to the Buddy program, Walk for Autism, SummIT Up, the Women's Study Club, and the Martin Luther King March. In addition, Zheng has continually worked part-time and summer jobs at Boston Market and Hunan Wok, which is his aunt and uncle's business. This fall he will begin studying International Business and Finance at Boston College.

"I have always been interested in a business major. I believe that business has an enormous influence over our community along with our nation's development. My passion of peace and my pride of my heritage along with everything that I believe is providing me the strength and desire to focus on my goals of becoming an international businessman," said Zheng.

Zheng's parents are currently living in China.

Ramone Barnes
Ramone Barnes, who currently lives with his family in Lumberton Township, NJ attended Lumberton Middle School and then continued his education at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. He will be graduating from RV in June 2008 with Honors. Barnes has been recognized continuously for his academic, sports, and musical achievements. While at RV he was selected as a participant in the Lockheed Martin Minorities in Engineering program and earned the Lockheed Martin Minorities in Engineering Award that same year. He is also a junior executive with the Black$treet Investment Club, an organization outside of school, where he has the opportunity to invest money in different areas of the market and learn about financial risks, rates of return, and building an investment portfolio. While in this organization, he has contributed to the publication of a book called "Money Management for Teens."

Ramone has also been a member of Rancocas Valley's concert band and spring track team. He was recognized for his efforts and earned the Concert Band Award in both his freshman and sophomore years. Barnes has contributed his time and talents to help other students by participating in the character building Yeager's Teens tutoring program and Big Brothers and Sisters. Besides his service with Yeager's Teens, Barnes has been a volunteer with a SummIT Up, a community-based peace conference program, and a member of the Key club. With all this Barnes maintains a weighted GPA of approximately 4.7 at RV where he is taking honors and AP classes.

In addition, Barnes works part-time jobs at Island Taste, Salad Works, and Walmart. He is currently a manager at the Mount Holly Train Stop Island Taste Restaurant, a Jamaican restaurant of which his mother is the owner.

This fall Barnes will begin his studies at Rutgers University in Civil Engineering and Business.

Michael T. Wychozowycz

Michael T. Wychozowycz grew up in Tabernacle, NJ and is the youngest of three. He will be graduating from Seneca High School in June 2008 with Honors and then continuing his education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where his coursework will focus on Business and BioMedical Engineering.

Michael has always been active in business, from selling lemon-aid at the age of 8 to working for a professional contracting company during his summers off. He is currently employed as a waiter at Izzie's Restaurant in Medford, NJ, Links Golf Club in Marlton, NJ, and works part-time for landscaping companies in the area.

During his time at Seneca, Wychozowycz has been active in DECA, a business club that requires students to have a high GPA, class rank placement, and an interest in a future with business. In addition, Michael is a member of the National Honor Society, plays football and golf for Seneca High School, and has a class schedule that includes AP classes.

According to Wychozowycz the commitment to working for he and his family and his participation in DECA is what confirmed his decision to pursue a business degree. "As far as I can remember I have had a passion for business," said Wychozowycz.

"With only one parent to help provide funds for college choices can sometimes be limited," said Michael. "So, I am both excited and honored to accept the scholarship offered by Greater Lumberton Regional Business Association."

The 2008 GLRBA Scholarship Awards
This is the second year for the GLRBA scholarship awards. Funds for the scholarship were raised in the spring of 2008 at a GLRBA scholarship dinner dance. The GLRBA plans to award scholarships each year. To be eligible for a GLRBA scholarship students must be a U.S. Citizen; Graduating Senior from Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Lenape High School, Shawnee High School, or Seneca High School; GPA greater than 3.5 or weighted GPA greater than 4.0; and a resident in one of the following towns at the time of graduation: Lumberton, Hainesport, Mount Laurel, Medford, Mount Holly, Eastampton, Southampton, or Westampton; Plans for full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) in an accredited two or four-year college or university; Must be pursuing a Business-oriented degree from an accredited college/university. For more information on the GLRBA Scholarship Program please contact the GLRBA Scholarship Chairperson, S. Matteo at 609-230-0398.

About the Greater Lumberton Regional Business Association
The Greater Lumberton Regional Business association was formed to share information and knowledge, create a community of business owners and business managers, and conduct productive monthly meetings in the greater Lumberton area. It is an organization that represents and speaks for business owners, but cares about and considers the needs of the community. It accepts memberships from businesses in Lumberton, Hainesport, Mount Laurel, Medford, Mount Holly, Eastampton, Southampton, and Westampton. Meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of each month and are hosted by a GLRBA member or held at the Residence Inn in Mount Laurel. Business card exchanges take place and discounts are provided on a member-to-member basis.

For more information on the Greater Lumberton Regional Business Association please visit it's website at www.glrba.org.

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