ShopRite awards $16,000 in scholarships to local students

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:44

Five local students have been awarded scholarships from RoNetco Supermarkets. Dominick J. Romano, the company’s vice president & COO, announced the names of the 2011-2012 scholarship winners, who will together receive $16,000 in awards. Recipients are associates or dependents of associates from the seven ShopRite stores in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties, as well as the Corporate Headquarters located in Ledgewood. Continuing education, training and development are important aspects of the culture at ShopRite, the company notes. Associates are encouraged to continue post-secondary education and the scholarship program was established to reward the academic excellence of its associates and their family members. The company also runs a tuition reimbursement program. Up to $1,200 in college tuition reimbursement, per calendar year, is available to all active full- and part-time associates. RoNetco reimbursed participating associates close to $123,000 in tuition reimbursement in 2010. The area winners this year and the scholarships they received are: Laura Reinhart, a resident of Newton, was awarded the $3,500 Dominick V. Romano Scholarship, named for RoNetco’s pesident and CEO. She is a sophomore at Saint Peter’s College, where she maintains a 3.97 GPA. She was named to the Dean’s list her freshman year, is secretary for the Class of 2014, is a member of the Irish American Club and a participant in the Women’s Writer’s Forum. In addition, Reinhart is a member of the Saint Peter’s collegiate volleyball team, where she is an outside hitter and defensive specialist. She is the daughter of John Reinhart, store manager in the ShopRite of Mansfield. The following students were each awarded $1,000 scholarships: Travis Spangenburg, a resident of Hamburg, is a theatre major at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga., where he was named to the Dean’s list with a 3.80 GPA. An active member of the Armstrong Masques theatre troupe, he starred in Shakespeare’s ”As You Like It” and will continue studying acting and sound design next semester. While in Savannah, he also volunteered for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and participated in several theatre festivals. He is the son of Kim Spangenburg, an associate in the ShopRite of Franklin. Amy Rochette, a resident of Stanhope and an associate with the ShopRite of Byram, is a senior at Kolbe Immaculata High School. She plans to attend Monmouth University in the fall as a criminal justice major. She has been recognized by Girl Scouts for earning the Gold Award and she hopes to continue being an active Girl Scout throughout her college career. Joanna Nieuwdorp, a resident of Wantage and an associate with the ShopRite of Newton, is a senior at High Point Regional High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Pass It Along. She has consistently been named to High Point’s honor rolls. She is also a member of Dance Expression Dance Company and plans to attend Temple University in the fall. Daniel Kreuder, a resident of Stanhope, is a senior at Gettysburg College, where he is studying economics with a minor in management. He has been named consistently to the Dean’s List with a 3.98 GPA. He ranks #11 in his class. A member of the varsity football team, he plays middle linebacker for the Bullets and remains active in other intramural sports during the off season. In his senior year, Kreuder will be a teacher’s assistant for the economics department at Gettysburg. He is the son of Daniel R. Kreuder, an associate in the RoNetco corporate headquarters.