Academic Scholarships

Students who received the Nikhil Badlani Scholarship Award at the Senior Awards Night on June 2, 2016.
From L-R: Rachel Pierre, Abigail Mesfin, Nancy Jimenez and Angely Melendez. Tahir Springer didn't make it into the photograph.

Nikhil Badlani had a thirst for knowledge and excelled in academics. In his honor, the Nikhil Badlani Scholarship was established as part of the West Orange Scholarship Fund (“WOSF”). The WOSF is a 501(c)(3) Fund, and awards financial aid to graduating West Orange High School seniors to assist them with college education. Nikhil Badlani Scholarship awards are given to need based students that demonstrate strong academic performance and have participated in music and drama.

Nikhil Badlani Foundation is proud to present the 2016 awards to five deserving students, Rachel Pierre, Abigail Mesfin, Nancy Jimenez, Angely Melendez and Tahir Springer. These students shared $10,000 amongst themselves. Click here for press release.

Rachel Pierre is in the Music for Nikhil Program which she credits with her improvement as an oboe soloist. She feels the extra lessons from a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra have helped her not only in her music but in her academic world. She is also the Assistant Choir Director at her Church.

Abigail Mesfin is the current section leader for Cello in the Royal Strings. She is a member of the English and Math National Honor Societies. Abigail participated on the varsity swim team for four years and volunteered with the Mountaineer Mentoring Program and Youth Leadership Team at her Church

Nancy Jimenez is in the top 10% of the WOHS Class of 2016. Nancy has pushed herself academically to be the first one in her family to graduate from high school and attend college.

Angely Melendez has been a member of the WOHS Marching Band as well as Jazz Band I for four years. She was involved in Junior Statesman of America, volunteered with The Nikhil Badlani Foundation, and Kessler Rehab Center. Angely participated with an Indoor Percussion Group and formed a band named Laguaria.

Tahir Springer participated in the WOHS Marching Band, the Jazz Band and the Music for Nikhil Program. His great passion in life is music. His personal goal is to fulfill his deep passion to grow musically and share his heart's expression through music.