Victim’s mother presents memorial scholarship to new Milford student

NEW MILFORD, NJ – In remembrance of New Milford High School graduate Darren Drake, who was killed in an October 2017 terrorist attack in New York City, Drake’s mother, Barbara, presented a $2,000 memorial scholarship $ to recent graduate Anthony Scrivanich at a ceremony earlier this month. , said a press release on Friday.

A memorial fund has been set up for Drake, after he was one of the eight people struck and killed by a motorist while driving on a bike path in lower Manhattan, and, through the scholarship, the public can continue “Drake’s commitment to education and his legacy,” the press release said.

New Milford graduate Scrivanich, the fifth recipient of the scholarship, plans to attend Lincoln Technical Institute in Mahwah to study heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Created by a Hackensack nonprofit organization, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, the scholarship is for high school graduates pursuing a business education to fill jobs that are struggling to fill vacancies. Drake recognized the importance of addressing a shortage of professionally trained workers, and the scholarship aims to honor that, according to the press release.

A study published by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, a partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, found that manufacturers need to hire four million workers from 2021 to 2030. It also projects that 2.1 million manufacturing positions will remain vacant, due to a lack of trained candidates. .

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