2013 marks the 10th year that Realtor Jackie Scura has awarded her “Jackie Scura’s Chance for Success” scholarship to a local High School Senior. This choice is about much more than academic achievement. Each year Jackie looks for the candidate who she feels exemplifies the sort of work ethic which has brought her success in her own life and career. This year’s recipient is a driven young woman named Margaret “Maggie” Maloy.
Maggie was a stand-out candidate. Her transcript is full of AP and Honors courses, with excellent grades all around, but it was her essay that really made an impression. It began with a quote from her basketball coach. “If you come across someone of equal skill level and they are practicing while you are not, they will win.”
Maggie has taken this wisdom to heart, on and off the basketball court. At the beginning of her senior year, she began tough new math courses and found that she needed to buckle down and study harder than ever in order to succeed. Through hard work, she not only achieved outstanding grades – she found a new favorite class.
Another interest she discovered through her courses at Parsippany High is Forensics – a field which she plans to study in her coming years as a student at Montclair State. Maggie is fascinated by the science, the diversity and the active, fast paced nature of this branch of criminology, as well as the opportunity to help others. As she said in her scholarship application “I hope to first, and most importantly, make an impact in some way.”
In her essay, Maggie says “I know all of the things I want will only get to me if I work for them. I can’t sit there and just beg for things to come to me.” Jackie agrees, and has no doubt that Margaret Maloy will excel at whatever she puts her mind to. Jackie says “This isn’t just an award for being a good student. This scholarship is my vote of confidence in Maggie’s bright future.”