SCHOLAR EXCELLING AS HE STUDYS TO BECOME ENGINEER
Kely Steed Amegbor, a Monsignor William J. Linder Scholar, has distinguished himself academically by making the dean’s list every semester since enrolling in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
Amegbor, 19, who attended St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark with the help of the Monsignor William J. Linder Scholarship, is now in his sophomore year at Stevens, where he is studying mechanical engineering.
“Without the scholarship, I wouldn’t be going to Stevens now. That’s the foundation of my education which enabled me to attend St. Benedict’s,” said Amegbor, who tutored incoming freshman on campus this past summer.
Amegbor is currently interning in the IT department of a New York City company, where he is assigned to an engineer.
“It’s been great,” said Amegbor, who lives in Irvington. “This work experience has been really helpful in showing me what I want to do in the future.”
The nephew of Ramona Tapia, an admissions assistant at the New Community Workforce Development Center, Amegbor is a native of Togo, West Africa, who came to the United States at age 17.
“When I got here, the only language I spoke was French,” he recalled, noting he knew only the basics of English.
But Amegbor, who prefers to be called by his middle name of “Steed,” quickly learned, as he started his junior year of high school at St. Benedict’s only a month after his arrival in New Jersey.
“It didn’t take him long,” said Monsignor Linder, whose scholarship fund, which is more than 30 years old, has helped send more than 2,000 Newark area students to some of the top Catholic and other private high schools located throughout Northern New Jersey and even to out-of-state boarding schools.
St. Benedict’s Prep School and the all-female Saint Vincent Academy, a college prep high school for girls, also located in Newark, Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, Christ the King Prep , Newark, Queen of Peace High School , North Arlington and Roselle Catholic High School are just seven of the high schools attended by Monsignor William J. Linder scholars.
Like Amegbor, many scholars have graduated and moved on to colleges and universities. These schools include Loyola University in Baltimore; Penn State University and LaSalle University in Pennsylvania; William Paterson University in Wayne, Essex County College in Newark; Saint John’s University (Minnesota) and Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City.