Posted on | July 9, 2013
Written by | Diane Weiss
Congratulations to Amelia Edwards and Jodi DiSilvestro who are the 2013 recipients of the Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship Award. Both of these young women had the highest level of academic achievement and are well deserving of this year’s scholarship.
Ms. Edwards’s grandfather, Robert Edwards, is the owner of Gyp’s Tavern located in Sandyston, NJ; and Ms. DiSilvestro’s father, Joe DiSilvestro, is the owner of Woodbridge Bowling Center in Woodbridge, NJ. Both winner’s families have been longstanding members of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association.
As you may not know, William G. Wellhofer of Atlantic City was one of the founders of the New Jersey Tavern Association, which later became the United Tavern Owner’s Association of New Jersey which we now operate under the name of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association. In 1944, it was decided that a memorial be established in the memory of Mr. William Wellhofer for his foresight and drive in founding the association of the on-premise licensees in the State of New Jersey. Because Mr. Wellhofer was a college graduate and believed in higher education, it was decided to form the William G. Wellhofer Scholarship Foundation.
The Robert Wilinski Scholarship was established in 1991 as a lasting memorial to the late Robert Wilinski, who passed away in April of that year. Mr. Wilinski was an attorney and friend who represented the NJLBA for over 30 years.
The newly created scholarship was made part of the existing William G. Wellhofer Scholarship Foundation and was renamed the Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship Foundation. The scholarships are reserved for the sons, daughters and grandchildren of present dues-paying members of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association and the sons, daughters and grandchildren of retired members who had paid their dues for at least five full years prior to their retirement. The winners are selected from an anonymous list presented to the Wellhofer/Wilinski Committee. The two scholarships awarded annually are in the amount of $10,000 ($2,500 per year), and are offered to matriculated, full time undergraduate students attending any recognized degree-granting university in the United States.