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William G. Wellhofer of Atlantic City was one of the founders of the New Jersey Tavern Association, which later became the United Tavern Owners Association of New Jersey and currently operates under its present name of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association.
In 1944, it was decided that an appropriate memorial be established in memory of Mr. William Wellhofer for his foresight and drive in founding this association to represent the interests and ideals of the on-premise licensees in the state of New Jersey. Because Mr. Wellhofer was a college graduate himself, and believed in higher education, it was decided to form the William G. Wellhofer Scholarship Foundation.
The Robert Wilinski Scholarship was established in 1991 as a lasting memorial to the late Robert Wilinski, who passed away in April of that year. Mr. Wilinski was an attorney and friend who represented the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association for over thirty years. Mr. Wilinski joined the William T. Cahill law firm in 1951, later to become a senior partner. He began attending NJLBA board meetings in the absence of NJLBA’s chief counsel, William T. Cahill, when he was elected to Congress in 1958.
The newly created scholarship was made a part of the existing William G. Wellhofer Scholarship Foundation and renamed the Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship Foundation. New guidelines were established as criterion for awarding the scholarship. The scholarships are reserved for the sons, daughters and grandchildren of present dues paying members of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association and the sons, daughters and grandchildren of retired members who had paid their dues for at least five full years prior to their retirement.
Though there are limited guidelines, the applications are scored on a point system that includes the high school cumulative grade average, rank in class, activities and counselor’s recommendations. The winners are selected from an anonymous list presented to the Wellhofer/Wilinski Committee.
The three $1,000 scholarships awarded annually are offered to matriculated, full time undergraduate students attending any recognized degree granting university in the United States. Scholarship applications are due April 30th of each year and can be obtained by contacting the NJLBA.