Products Liability and Mass Tort Group co-chair Mike Zogby, a trustee of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF), co-chaired and served as master of ceremonies at the Fifth Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner on May 10 in Summit, N.J. Over 150 people attended the event honoring The Hon. Brian Martinotti, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, Virginia Lazala, Vice President and Legal Section Head at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Kevin Gardner of Connell Foley, and the McCarter & English law firm.
The mission of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving inner-city students that enable them to go to private schools, as opposed to the failing inner-city public schools they would otherwise attend. TCSF raises about $1.5 million annually, and supports about 500 students who come from some of the most economically challenged families and communities in central and northern New Jersey. The Awards Dinner raises funds to support the Freedom Scholars program, which assists students in financial need, as well as those with high academic achievement. It is a four-way partnership between Tri-County, participating high schools, students, and their parents or guardians, and enables students to choose values-centered, high-performing private schools. Tri-County awards scholarships that cover a little less than half of tuition cost, and that amount is matched by the participating schools, leaving the family a minimal balance to pay towards tuition. The Freedom Scholars program is a commitment for all four years of high school. 99 percent of the scholarship recipients graduate from high school and go directly to college - often they are the first in their families to pursue college degrees.