The Van Doren Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions

Income, Residency & Other Qualifications

Income, Residency & Other Qualifications

Do you live in Somerset County, NJ? Are you passionate about learning? Will you be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or trade course of study for the upcoming academic year?

  • Is financial need a factor in determining winners?

    • No, the Van Doren Scholarships reward scholastic merit and specifically a candidate’s achievements in demonstrating a lifelong commitment to learning.

      Consideration of need may become a factor, however, when we determine the size of your award. Individual scholarships vary by amount and generally reflect our desire to provide a meaningful contribution to your academic career. Where there is clearly great financial need, compassion often does influence our estimations.

  • Is special preference given to residents of Peapack-Gladstone?

    • Yes. Honoring Peter Van Doren’s wishes regarding the scholarships that bear his name, the Selection Committee looks first at candidates who reside in the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, Van Doren’s long-time home. All other things being equal, the Fund shows these candidates a clear preference in determining awards. Candidates from the Borough, however, must demonstrate the same high standards as applicants from other Somerset County communities. Strict application of this rule enhances the prestige of Mr. Van Doren’s legacy and, since inception of the awards in 1996, nearly every Somerset County community has benefited.

  • May I use an award to attend Graduate School?

    • No. Peter Van Doren expressly dedicated his endowment to benefit undergraduate students who are currently attending or who will be enrolled as full-time students at accredited colleges or universities, trade-, or nursing schools. Students in graduate or professional degree programs are not eligible. 

  • What residency requirements apply?

    • All applicants must be legal residents of Somerset County, New Jersey.



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