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BCREA Awards 2020 Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee announced the recipients of the two scholarships sponsored by the BCREA.

The Robert M. Oberholser Scholarship of $3500.00 was awarded to Julia Charest from Cinnaminson High School who will attend The College of New Jersey for the Fall Semester.  The Harriet Di Leonardo Scholarship of $2000.00 was awarded to Alexis Lindsey of Burlington City High School who will attend Rowan College at Burlington County.

Julia Charest, the recipient of the Robert M. Oberholser Scholarship, has carried a rigorous academic schedule since her Freshmen year comprised of many accelerated, honors and advanced placement courses.  Even with this type of academic challenge, she was still able to achieve a GPA of 99 and a class rank of 22/203. She hopes to become an elementary school special education teacher.

One may believe that Julia devoted much of her time to studying but that is not the case.  She succeeds in both the classroom and extracurricular activities.  Julia has played Varsity Lacrosse since her Freshmen year and was named to the Burlington County Scholastic League Second team as a Sophomore and First team as a Junior.  In addition, she plays travel Lacrosse and volunteers with a youth team as a goalie coach and referee.

She is a member of National Honor Society where she was elected President.  Julia has been a member of the Mock Trial group for three years.  Her advisor has stated she is a valuable member of the team and a team mentor to underclassmen.  Her other activities include: Future Educators of America, Interact Club, Glamour Girls, French Club, Prom Committee, math league and math tutor, and was an integral part of the annual Blood Drive sponsored by National Honor Society.   

Julia is well like by her teachers who have said she is “goal driven”,” a leader among her peers”,” devoted to learning” and she is “always a helper.”  In her essay Julia stated, “I believe that showing someone the path to success is the most beautiful act of humanity.” 


Alexis Lindsey is a member of the Class of 2020 at Burlington City High School. She has been awarded the Harriet Di Leonardo Scholarship. Alexis stated that helping her younger sister has led her to seek a career in teaching. Alexis hopes to inspire her future students to be the best that they can be both inside and outside of the classroom.

Alexis used her time at Burlington City High School to become a leader in the school as well as in the community. She was elected as Secretary to the National Honor Society and Treasurer for the Student Council. She also played on the volleyball team and was a member of the Science Bowl team. Book Club and DECA were important to her. Alexis also found the time to work at her part-time job. She was instrumental in coordinating Family Fun Night which raised funds for Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

A school counselor described Alexis as a “born leader” and a “people person”. She volunteered in the Intermediate School as a mentor to “Leading Ladies” a group of 5th and 6th graders. She also volunteered to serve at Senior Citizen Dinners sponsored by the school. Alexis represented her school at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State summer program in 2019.

Her teacher in the AP United States Government and Politics class described Alexis as “…a young woman who wants to make a difference in the world and wants to assist others in the quest for equality and understanding….”


The Scholarship Committee congratulates both of our scholarship recipients and wish them much success in their future.  We would also like to the thank the Scholarship Selection Reading Panel for their hard work in reading all the applications and helping to select these deserving candidates.