College Scholarships

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
Scholarship Program

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation awards two $2,500.00 scholarships for post-high school education (college, university, or trade school) each year. This year (2022) first-year, freshmen in colleges, universities, and trade schools may apply since they were unable to in last year’s pandemic. These scholarships are presented to the two winning students at our Memorial Day Ceremony. 



The deadline to apply for 2022 college scholarships has passed. Thank you to all who applied!


The Scholarship Committee has selected two (2) winners from all eligible applications. Those not selected will not receive any form of notification. The winners will be required to submit confirmation of enrollment to a college, university, or trade school in the form of an enrollment deposit.

The winners must attend the Foundation’s Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:00 am, Monday, May 30, 2022, and read their essays as part of the Ceremony. Checks will be awarded as part of the Ceremony.

Winning essays for the 2022 college scholarship season can be found below.


Applicant must:

  • be a New Jersey resident;
  • be a graduating high school senior or freshman in college, university or trade school;
  • have visited the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (on their own /class trip/ scholarship tour) or registered for a Virtual Tour and write an essay about that visit;
  • have been accepted by a college, university or trade school – letter of acceptance must be included in application materials. Freshmen submit Unofficial Transcript


  • A reflective essay focused on the student’s experience visiting the Memorial;
  • A completed online application form;
  • A letter of acceptance to a college, university or trade school or Unofficial Transcript to be uploaded;



The following criteria will be used to evaluate the essays:

  • Grammatical and mechanical proficiency. 
  • Ideas are organized in a coherent and structured manner. 
  • Student’s voice is evident; personalized ideas, analysis, and conclusions are original and refreshing. 
  • Reflection on The Memorial is articulately and poignantly reflected providing the reader with an understanding of a transformational impact. 
  • Information regarding The Memorial is factually accurate. 

Important To Note:

  • Applications are only accepted ONLINE
  • Questions will only be answered through our email address:


During scholarship season, two tours leave from the Museum lobby at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm from Tuesday through Saturday. Registration is necessary by emailing . For scholarship applicants only, museum admission fees will not apply.

Students interested in touring The Memorial on site must register by sending an email to with the following information

  1. Student name
  2. Date and time you are coming
  3. Number of guests that will be attending with you
  4. Do you plan on touring the Museum as well? 
  5. School you attend and if possible your History Teacher’s Name
  6. Cell phone number

2019 Scholarship Winners Meghan Merenich and John Grasso at our Annual Memorial Day Ceremony


For those who are unable to visit the Memorial, we are excited to announce our new Virtual Scholarship Tour Program. Starting March 9, students can partake in a live Zoom Webinar with a Vietnam Veteran Tour Guide.

Learn More & Register for Virtual Scholarship Tours


A reflective essay is an essay in which the writer examines his or her experiences in life. The writer then writes about those experiences, exploring how he or she has changed, developed or grown from those experiences. The format of a reflective essay may change slightly depending on who the audience is.

2019 Winning Essays:

Meghan Merenich

John Grasso

Examples of previous winning essays can be found here, here, and here.

Please note: Your essay should be about the Memorial.  It can include discussion of the Museum, but the main content should focus on your experience during the tour and/or of the Memorial.

The Foundation staff may only be reached via email at with questions. Phone calls regarding the program are not accepted. Please read through this page thoroughly before contacting a staff member via email.

Applications are only accepted online on Scholarship web page.

While a letter is required, it does not have to be from the school you have decided on attending, just an acceptance to a college, university or trade school. If you are selected as a winner, you will have to submit proof in the form of an admission deposit to the school you have decided on.  For college freshmen in 2022, an unofficial transcript is required.

Tours with our Vietnam Veterans are given Tuesday through Saturday at 11am or 1pm by appointment only. Appointments can only be made by emailing well in advance.  Tours for applicants are free.

Check out webpage for upcoming Virtual Tours.

It is easy to tell if a student has visited based on the content of their essay. We do not require any other proof of a visit.

Absolutely! If you visited the Memorial and Museum on a class trip, you can write your essay from that experience.

The Scholarship Committee will select two winners from all eligible applications. The winners will be notified by May 15, 2022. Those not selected will not receive any form of notification. If you do not hear from the Foundation’s staff by May 15th, you have not been selected. Please do not call our office to see if you have been chosen.

If you are not selected as a winner, you will not receive any correspondence from the Foundation. So, if you have not heard from us by May 15, 2022, it is safe to assume you have not been chosen to receive a scholarship.

Directions to the Memorial

Take the NJ Garden State Parkway to exit 116 – PNC Bank Arts Center.  As you enter the grounds of the Arts Center, follow the brown directional signs to the Memorial and Museum.  Turn right on Memorial Lane and make your second left into the parking lot for the Memorial and Museum.

Hours of Operation:

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial is open 24 hours, 7 days a week

The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM