June 15, 2018

Eagle Scout Kyle Hrebenak of Great Meadows awarded full tuition scholarship

Eagle Scout Kyle Hrebenak of Great Meadows has been named the Centenary University 2018 Hackettstown High School Scholar. He will graduate from Hackettstown High School on June 25 and will attend the University next fall.

Awarded annually through the University’s partnership with Hackettstown High School, the scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service. It covers tuition for four years of study at Centenary, where Hrebenak has been accepted into the Honor’s Program.

A Boy Scout since the fourth grade, Hrebenak chose to complete his Eagle Scout project at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in Great Meadows, the organization that charters his troop. The extensive project involved regrading land surrounding the firehouse to eliminate flooding on the property, as well as landscaping and building two benches now installed outside the building.

“Kyle’s Eagle Scout project demonstrates strong leadership skills and a true commitment to our local community,” said Centenary University President David P. Haney, who is also an Eagle Scout. “Centenary University is proud to recognize this young man’s achievements.”

Outside of scouting, Hrebenak’s community service includes volunteering at church fundraising dinners, fire department breakfasts, roadside cleanups, bingo nights at a senior facility and basketball camps for young children. At Hackettstown High School, he has been a member of the basketball and track teams, as well as the History Club, Political Science Club and Key Club. In addition, Hrebenak represented his school at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

At Centenary, Hrebenak plans a double major in history and political and governmental affairs in preparation for law school, and someday, serving in Congress. He also wants to continue volunteering through campus organizations and in the community, including joining the Independence Volunteer Fire Department. “This scholarship gives me the opportunity to pursue higher education, while continuing my passion to serve the community,” he said.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.


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