The Young Man Behind This Scholarship

Coby St. Phard was a dynamic young man with a bright future ahead of him.  That future was cut short when Coby was taken from us due to mental illness and he died by suicide. 

In a box of memories given to Coby’s family by his classmates, one thing was confirmed for them.  Coby truly was a light to all those who knew him. Although he was a star athlete, he never let that stop him from befriending a freshman or stopping at someone’s lunch table to cheer them up. 

In the spirit of Coby, we want to know how you are a light to others

This scholarship will be given to the best essay that embodies Coby’s spirit.  It is not for all your academic accomplishments or for all the clubs you joined or participated in.  This essay should show how you are a light to others, how you help others, how you are a friend to others. 

We want to hear about the real you, the one that cares for and takes time for others, not just activities or volunteering to pad your college transcript.


You can nominate a friend!


If you have a friend who is deserving of this scholarship, you can nominate them via a short essay describing why.


Who Can Apply?

Seniors attending Notre Dame High School or Hightstown High School, the two schools where Coby attended high school.  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one boy & one girl from each school.

Others who can apply:

Seniors from any high school in NJ may also apply and one additional winner will be picked from those essays as well.  One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded statewide.






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DEADLINE June 1st each year