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 postmarked no later than April 1, 2016.  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 download all the necessary forms (in PDF) here:

  1. Letter to student who is applying
  2. Cover memo 
  3. Application form 
  4. Student's essay
  5. Student's activities form 
  6. Letter of recommendation from the Rector/Vicar or Youth Leader
  7. Letter of reference from the student's guidance counselor
  8. A completed financial aid form-Page 1 only with your EFC amount (can be obtained from a high-school guidance department)

Your application and additional information must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2016. You are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in by the deadline. Please Note: Incomplete packets will not be considered.

Mail your application and supporting forms to:

The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke
Diocesan Youth/Young Adult Missioner

Diocese of New Jersey
808 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08618

For more information 

Contact:  The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke, Diocesan Youth/Young Adult Missioner: dclarke@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.


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: The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke.


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