SOURCE: Eastern Christian School Association

September 10, 2010 15:41 ET

Eastern Christian School Receives September 11 Scholarship Grant

NORTH HALEDON, NJ--(Marketwire - September 10, 2010) - Eastern Christian School announced today that it has received a significant anonymous grant to support the award of four September 11th Academic Honor Scholarships to students enrolled in Eastern Christian High School and Eastern Christian Middle School. The scholarship grant was received on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The inspiration for the September 11th Academic Honor Scholarship comes directly from the Biblical account of Joseph's reunification with his brothers found in Genesis 50 which includes Joseph's statement, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good..." What was devised as an evil plan to bring destruction of lives and human spirit on 9/11, God will take and use to bring restoration. The announcement of the scholarship just before September 11 is a reminder that God restores and turns something that evil intended to be harmful into a true blessing.

Eastern Christian's Executive Director and Head of School, Tom Dykhouse, said, "Eastern Christian School is grateful for this generous gift which will support our mission of providing an excellent Christian education to the children and young people of Northern New Jersey. The message of transforming an act intended for evil into a blessing is the very essence of the Biblical message of transformation and hope taught to our 760 students on a daily basis."

The September 11th Academic Honor Scholarship is intended to promote excellence and innovation in the classroom, leadership, community participation, faith, integrity and character. Recipients will be selected on the basis of these attributes and family financial need. 

Eastern Christian School Association was founded in 1892 and operates a high school in North Haledon, a middle school in Wyckoff and an elementary and preschool in Midland Park. The three schools serve 760 students from communities throughout northern New Jersey and southern New York. Students come from over 40 communities and 140 different Christian churches. The student body represents a rich tapestry of ethnic backgrounds including African American (4%), Asian (10%), and Hispanic-Latino (6%). Over 95% of our high school graduates attend schools of higher learning and in the aggregate receive over $1 Million in scholarships and grants.

Information about the school, including its cutting edge technology, foreign language and college credit programs may be found at www.easternchristian.org or by calling 973-427-6244.