College Access


Vincent D. Pavese Scholarship


The Vincent D. Pavese Scholarship was established years ago as a memorial to Vincent D. Pavese, a former President and Chief Professional Officer of United Way of Passaic County.  Mr. Pavese held this office until his untimely death in January 1993.  The Pavese family established a scholarship to honor the memory of Mr. Pavese and his commitment to community and service.  

United Way of Passaic County is currently accepting applications for the Vincent D. Pavese Scholarship.   Scholarships will be awarded to two Passaic County high school seniors who have exhibited a commitment to community service and who plan to pursue a career in public service such as government, social work, health care, and education.

Scholarship applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university upon graduation from high school. Eligible applicants must also qualify for financial aid and plan to pursue a career in public service (government, social work, education, recreation, public health and welfare and law enforcement, etc.) 
For additional information or for any questions, please contact Paula Smalling 

Scholarships for Future Teachers or Tradespeople


Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and college students who are Paterson and Passaic residents and plan to pursue a career the trades or in public education. 

2023 applications and criteria can be found here:  United Way of Passaic County - Future Teacher Scholarship (2024) 

For additional information or questions please contact Paula Smalling

Deadline for all applications is May 26th, 2024