This past June, the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation awarded $19,000 in scholarships to seven students from New Hope, Trenton, N.J., Camden. N.J., and Baltimore, Md.
And now, those students are starting their freshman years at a number of colleges.
In the past 13 years, the foundation has awarded $233,000 in scholarships to 53 students. Thirty-two of these “Jonny Scholars” have now finished college and are pursuing careers in environmental advocacy, music, education, international development, and engineering.
At the New Hope-Solebury High School Awards Night, Jake Dupont, a 2016 alum and Jonny Scholar, and recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, presented Zoe Palau and Ben Dupont with scholarships. Palau attends Clemson University and Dupont is at Lafayette College.
Scholarships were also given to Courtney Boone and Kimberly Godinez, graduates of Foundation Academy in Trenton, N.J. They attend College of NJ and Ramapo College.
Camden’s Creative Arts High School graduates, Isaiah Rivera and Mark Ramos, now attend Rutgers University and Whittier College. And Anthony Johnson, who graduated from the Jemicy School near Baltimore, began a new major in film and new media scoring, at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Jonathan Krist, a graduate of New Hope-Solebury High School Class of 2005, was a musician and student activist in high school, and later at Oberlin College. He died in a car accident in May 2006 at the age of 19.
His grandparents, Harold and Joyce Krist, started the foundation in his memory with a $5,000 scholarship for New Hope-Solebury senior Jade Greene in 2006.