Northern NJ Community Foundation's The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Fund Awards First Scholarship

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund announces the award of its first $1,000 scholarship to Jesse Phalanukorn.
Courtesy of Michael Pasciuto

(Hackensack, New Jersey; August 2019)  — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund announces the award of its first $1,000 scholarship to Jesse Phalanukorn. The Fund awards an annual scholarship to benefit a student enrolled in Richard Stockton University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey concentrates on education, public health, civic engagement, arts, philanthropy, and the environment.

Phalanukorn, a second-year graduate student at Richard Stockton University, plans to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy by the summer of 2020. He intends to specialize in orthopedic or neurological physical therapy. Originally from Oceanport, New Jersey in Monmouth County, he graduated from Rowan University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Exercise Science. 

Jesse Phalanukorn

NNJCF's DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Fund

The NNJCF's Fund honors the spirit of DeAnna Stark Pasciuto by awarding scholarships and grants to provide comfort and joy to others, while serving as a reminder of the power of life. Stark Pasciuto, who passed away on January 15, 2018, grew up in New Jersey in Ledgewood in Roxbury Township and Morris Plains and lived with her husband and children in Wayne. 

The Fund remembers her and contributes to qualified charitable organizations for cancer research, families touched by cancer, and scholarships for student-athletes looking to pursue medical careers to dedicate their lives by helping others. Scholarship recipients are full-time graduate students in good academic standing holding a minimum, cumulative 3.5 grade point average. 

DeAnna Stark Pasciuto attended Richard Stockton University, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. She worked as a Physical Therapist at Advanced Rehabilitation and Atlantic Healthcare. Sports were an integral part of her activities. A graduate of the Morris Catholic High School class of 1997, she played track and field and soccer. While a student at the university, she was a stellar defender on its women's soccer team.
NNJCF Philanthropic Services

NNJCF Philanthropic Services

Throughout its 21 year history, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation serves the community and asks, What can we do together that we can't do alone?. The NNJCF offers a comprehensive menu of philanthropic opportunities. Donor-advised funds, tax-saving annuities, and trust options provide donors with flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving has maximum impact.

Continue DeAnna Stark Pasciuto's Legacy

The public can continue DeAnna Stark Pasciuto's legacy with a donation in her memory. Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online at Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern N.J. Community Foundation' with 'The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund' entered in the memo line. Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601. 

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, contact or call 201-568-5608. 

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