Scholarships for High School Advocates

Thank you for applying! 2024 awardees will be announced soon. 


This year’s program is made possible through the generosity of our family and partner funds, created to honor their loved ones and to further our life-saving mission. Funds include:

The Daniel S. Buckiewicz Scholarship Fund was formed in memory of organ and tissue donor Dan Buckiewicz to encourage students to have the conversation about donation with their families and friends. Remembering Dan forever and celebrating the gift of life... that's what it's all about!

The Hearts for Emma Partner Fund directly supports high school scholarships and The Hero Act through the production and distribution of educational materials and related programs teaching the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund was created in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Missy Rodriguez’s liver transplant. Following her passion and experience as a college counselor, Missy’s fund directly supports scholarships to high school students.

The Jim Rhatican Scholarship Fund was created in honor and memory of Jim Rhatican, a NJ Sharing Network Volunteer Ambassador, liver transplant recipient and retired teacher and coach of 35 years. The fund directly supports scholarships to high school students.

Riley’s Path "Heroes Wanted" is dedicated to celebrating and remembering the life of five-year-old organ donor Riley Kogen. Riley’s Path provides vital financial assistance to transplant patients and their families during times of crisis, and awards scholarships to high school students and advocacy heroes.

Through their partnership with our Foundation, our family and partner funds are committed to increasing the number of lives saved through clinical advancement, donor family support, education and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Scholarships are awarded to honor those who gave, pay tribute to those who received, offer hope to those who continue to wait, and remember the lives lost while waiting… for the gift of life.

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Honorees!

Our scholarship program provides an opportunity to recognize and award graduating high school seniors who advocate for and/or whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In partnership with our family and partner funds, we are proud to award 10 scholarships this year to the following outstanding students: 

Hearts for Emma Partner Fund

Sophia Fliegler | Randolph High School
Emily Blomkvist | North Hunterdon High School

Jim Rhatican Scholarship Fund

Caitlin Knorr | Governor Livingston
Maxwell Moore | West Milford High School

Missy’s Miracle Scholarship Fund

Amelia Rowniewski | Applied Tech High School
Veronica Sutkowski | East Brunswick Charter School

Riley's Path Scholarship Fund

Nina D'Apolito | Wall High School
Jacob Grabell | Bridgewater Raritan High School
Charbel Hachem | Franklin High School
Noah Kuzloski | Christian Brothers Academy