From left, MBA President Ed Berger, 2019 scholarship winners Alec Freedman and Jake LaMonaca and Maria and Daniel Walters.

MARGATE – Describing the year 2020 in a sentence, a paragraph or a chapter is difficult enough, but describing it in one word – well, that’s a challenge. The Margate Business Association Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program is asking students to tackle that challenge for a chance to earn a $2,500 college scholarship.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Margate Business Association Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program. Each year, the program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors, residing in Margate/Longport, who have attended Margate City schools. To date $110,700, funded by MBA special events and donations, has been awarded through this program since its inception.

Qualifications include the submission of three specific references, a list of activities and awards, and a 250-300-word written essay based on the following prompt:

“Using the following statement, write an essay: If I had to describe the year 2020 in one word, it would be…”

The essay should provide at least three different reasons to support why and how, for you, the word best describes the year 2020. In your essay, do not identify yourself by name.

Scholarship founders, Daniel and Maria Walters, were former educators in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District. They began the program to give back to the community.  Funds for the first

scholarship awarded in 1999 grew out of the first Margate Fall Funfest held in 1998. The annual wine tasting held at Steve & Cookie’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, has enabled the Margate Business Association to continue the scholarship award. Plans for this year’s event is in the works; please visit as information becomes available.

Submissions must be postmarked by April 6 and will not be accepted in person. The judges do not know identities of the applicants. Scholarship winners will be announced in June. Applications are available through your high school guidance counselor offices and at


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.