The New Brunswick Public Schools Bilingual/ESL Department’s Parent Council is partnering with the New Brunswick Education Foundation (NBEF) to offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to a New Brunswick High School (NBHS) or New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School (NBHSTHS) graduating senior who: (1) has participated in the school district’s Bilingual/ESL program for at least 1 year; (2) has been a student at NBHS or NBHSTHS (or a combination of both) for 4  years; (3) has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and (4) has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or training program starting in the fall 2016. In addition, the application process includes an interview conducted by New Brunswick Public Schools’ ESL/Bilingual staff.


The application for the Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship must be completed and submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016.


The recipient of the Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship will be recognized at NBEF’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at The Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27 in Edison, NJ. The actual scholarship award, with a written designation for use, will be forwarded on behalf of the recipient directly to the college or university that he/she will attend.


The late Joan M. Bornheimer became the first female Principal of NBHS and went onto become Director of one of the largest English as a Second Language/Bilingual programs in the State of New Jersey. Ms. Bornheimer was a product of the very school system which she proudly served for over 54 years. She received her elementary education at Lord Stirling School and Roosevelt Junior High School, and was a proud graduate of NBHS in 1948.


Ms. Bornheimer stayed close to home for her undergraduate work, having attended Douglass College, where she majored in Spanish and minored in English and History. Graduate School led her to Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. At Seton Hall, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration/Supervision. Her Post-graduate studies were in Bilingual/Bicultural and ESL at Rutgers University.


Ms. Bornheimer’s teaching career began as a Reading and English teacher at Central School in Orange, NJ. But, once again, she was drawn back to her hometown. At NBHS she taught Spanish. When the United States Air Force opened a base in Spain, she taught Spanish at Camp Kilmer to officers who were working at the base.


Eventually, her duties at NBHS went beyond teaching. She became the Department Head for Student Activities, Administrative Assistant to the Principal, and Summer School Principal.


Some highlights of Ms. Bornheimer’s professional and civic associations included lifetime membership in the Parent Teacher Association, chair of the English Learner Committee for the New Jersey Principals’ and Supervisors’ Association, Treasurer of the New Brunswick Leadership Association, Treasurer of the State Association of the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/New Jersey Bilingual Education, Inc., New Brunswick Free Public Library Trustee representing the Superintendent of Schools, New Jersey Department of Education’s Bilingual/ESL Advisory Board and appointed by the Governor to serve on the World Language Board, and Vice President of the NBEF Board of Directors.


For more information on the Joan M. Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship, contact the NBEF Office via email at: