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Firm presents scholarships to seniors

Published June 09. 2014 05:01PM

"Cultivate grit."

That was some of the advice the area's competitive young scholars in the Lehigh Valley and the Hunterdon, New Jersey, area got from the Dean of Temple University University's Beasley School of Law.

She wasn't talking about something for breakfast.

JoAnne A. Epps Ph.D. was talking about that characteristic of sticking to the pursuit of the goal even when it gets tough.

"Focus on your pursuit of success however you define it with passion and perseverance. In other words, cultivate grit."

She said grit is the best predictor of success in long-term pursuits; more than IQ, talent, socioeconomic position, or family history.

Epps was in Bethlehem Township's Blue Event Center as the keynote speaker at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, PC law firm's 20th annual "Best of the Best" scholarship award ceremony on May 17.

Partners from the law firm passed out scholarships to outstanding or "Best of the Best" high school seniors at the breakfast event.

The scholarship program awards the "best" two female high school seniors and "best" two male seniors selected from a list that the firm had previously winnowed from applications.

All students selected from their high school received a $618 scholarship.

Four students selected as a Best of the Best awardee each received $1,168 plus $100 to the charity of their choice.

The two Best of the Best students selected for their community service received $868 each. They also received $500 each from Team Capital, which helped sponsor the event.

The Best of the Best program also donated $100 in the name of each student to the charities of their choice.

The "Best of the Best" competition drew applicants from 37 high schools in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey.

Local students honored include Leigham Breckenridge of Northwestern Lehigh High School, and Nathaniel Czarnecki, Northern Lehigh High School.

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