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Welhoffer/Wilinski Scolarship
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Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship Foundation of the
New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association


2017 Scholarship Application and Instructions: PDF I DOC

View list of all scholarship recipients below since 1945


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.


Previous Awardees:
  • 1945 Emanuel Rubin
  • 1946 George K. Godlewski
  • 1947 Gerald Massa
  • 1948 Robert M. Lawrence
  • 1949 William H. Murphy
  • 1950 Frederick Tremello
  • 1951 Robert H. Pine
  • 1952 Raymond Hargrove
  • 1953 Eric Reinhardt
  • 1954 David Gfroerer
  • 1955 Norman A. Webster
  • 1956 Martin Stempel
  • 1957 Bruce A. Hudson
  • 1958 Norman Farber
  • 1959 Alvin Matson
  • 1960 Berwin Guttormsen
  • 1961 Albert A. Metz
  • 1962 Myron Smorodsky
  • 1963 Charles Matlock
  • 1964 Ronald Seamans
  • 1965 Joseph A. Scarola
  • 1966 Robert W. Eldridge
  • 1967 Joseph A. Brown
  • 1968 Barry Speronello
  • 1969 Edward Teeple
  • 1970 Edward Gekosky
  • 1971 William Cummings
  • 1972 Salvatore R. Bruno
  • 1973 Gerard DeLucry
  • 1974 Dean J. Vanover
  • 1975 Kathleen Hennigan
  • 1976 Michael Passarelli
  • 1977 Kathleen Coughlin
  • 1978 David Figueroa
  • 1979 Frank Lazar
  • 1980 Sean Hogan
  • 1981 Elizabeth Grehl
  • 1982 Karen Marachese
  • 1983 Janet Farrell
  • 1984 Jacqueline Collins
  • 1985 Elizabeth Askew
  • 1986 Wayne Haddad
  • 1987 Vicki Pezzuti
  • 1988 Lisa Coxson
  • 1989 Louis Olave
  • 1990 Shazel Fitzpatrick
  • 1991 Christy Boyle
  • 1992 Phillip Wylykanowitz
  • 1993 Steven Otto
  • 1994 George Chewkanes
  • 1994 Jason Garby
  • 1995 Anthony Esposito
  • 1995 Timothy Urie
  • 1996 Anna Baginski
  • 1996 Shaun Deignan
  • 1997 Takiya Wilson
  • 1997 Catherine Ponte
  • 1998 Kenneth Graff
  • 1998 Darren Bacon
  • 1999 Thomas Watson
  • 1999 Lillian Ponte
  • 2000 Eric Buzby
  • 2000 Geneva Moody
  • 2001 Katherine Brandes
  • 2001 Francis Jakubiec
  • 2002 Elisa Balka
  • 2002 Brian Bacon
  • 2003 Eric McCormick
  • 2003 Gregory J. Buzby
  • 2004 Shawn Peterson
  • 2004 Jacklyn L. Buckingham
  • 2005 Michael Balka
  • 2005 Ryan Buzby
  • 2006 Christina Rotsides
  • 2006 Michele Russo
  • 2007 Melissa Nogiewich
  • 2007 Michael Pappa
  • 2008 Taylor Kurilew
  • 2008 Sean O’Connor
  • 2011 Benjamin Nogiewich III
  • 2011 John M. Nogiewich
  • 2012 Joseph T. Bossone
  • 2012 Demetris Rotsides
  • 2013 Jodi DiSilvestro
  • 2013 Amelia Edwards
  • 2014 Timothy Flynn
  • 2014 James J. Bennett, Jr.
  • 2015 Aine Filler
  • 2015 John Walton Little IV
  • 2016 Mason Shuemate
  • 2016 Julia Weise

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