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2013 Gerstein Scholars

The 2012-13 David B. Gerstein Scholars at the annual dinner Mr. Gerstein hosts for the scholarship recipients in May.

Background

Growing up in Paterson, N.J., Seton Hall University alumnus David B. Gerstein ’63, worked in his father’s rug manufacturing business, which used remnants to make early-day weather-stripping for doors. Today, Mr. Gerstein is the President and CEO of Thermwell Products, the country’s largest manufacturer of packaged weather-stripping products, sold under the Frost King brand. Based in Mahwah, N.J., Thermwell makes more than 1,000 hardware and household goods, sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and elsewhere.

In 2009, Mr. Gerstein created the David B. Gerstein Scholarships, which are awarded annually to assist students who have financial need and who also possess entrepreneurial spirit.

A highlight of the scholarship is the annual dinner Mr. Gerstein hosts for the David B. Gerstein Scholars  at a local restaurant in South Orange.

For the 2012-13 academic year, David B. Gerstein Scholarships were awarded to eight full-time undergraduate students at the Stillman School of Business. The one-time awards ranged in amounts from $2,000 to $2,500, depending on financial need.

The David B. Gerstein Endowed Scholarships are administered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stillman School of Business.

The scholarships will next be awarded for the 2013-14 academic year. The application deadline was Friday, November 15, 2013.

For the 2014-15 academic year, the Gerstein Scholarships deadline will be Friday, November 14, 2014.

Basic Eligibility

The David B. Gerstein Endowed Scholarships are available to all students pursuing an undergraduate degree from the Stillman School of Business who meet the basic eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Are earning a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies, or otherwise demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship
  • Maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and,
  • Enrolled full-time at the South Orange campus
  • Are in good standing at the University, with no community standard violations
  • Essay Requirement

Additionally, applicants must submit an essay that is a maximum length of five typed pages, double-spaced that addresses the following points:

  • Why do you want to become an entrepreneur or secure a business degree?
  • Explain the extent to which your background has shaped your career goal.

Deadline

Applications are due Friday, November 14, 2014. Please email or hand-deliver applications to Susan Scherreik, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Room 608, Jubilee Hall, 6th floor. E-mail: scherrsu@shu.edu; Phone: 973-275-2251.

Applications can also be hand-delivered to Mrs. Melody Puliti, 6th floor, Jubilee Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For more information

Please contact Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Director, Susan Scherreik at scherrsu@shu.edu or call 973-275-2251.