Clifton Resident Awarded NJ State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship

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Clifton resident Alexander Benanti, who will attend Rochester Institute of Technology this fall, is the recipient of the New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Caddie Scholarship. Benanti, a recent graduate of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., participated in a caddying program the school established with Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

“I was very honored and humbled to learn I received the scholarship,” said Benanti, who will attend Rochester Institute of Technology this fall and plans to study motion picture science. At St. Benedict’s, he was a member of the National Honor Society, company commander of the student-led Backpacking Project, group leader, staff writer of Benedict News Online, and member of the swim and water polo teams.

The NJSGA Caddie Scholarship Foundation has provided more than $16 million in college scholarship awards since 1947. Last year, 157 caddies were awarded a total of $665,000 in scholarships. Caddie scholars are selected based on their academic performance, financial need, and length and quality of service as a caddie. Benanti likened caddying to the Backpacking Project, the 55-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail that is a requirement for every St. Benedict’s student. Being an effective caddie, he said, “Is very similar to The Trail. It’s not easy. But if you push through you get it done. It really does help build determination.”

ABOUT ST. BENEDICT’S PREP

Guided by the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey since 1868, St. Benedict’s Prep is a model in urban education known for its student leadership, counseling program, experiential learning and community. Serving more than 900 students in K-12 from in and around Newark, the School was featured on “60 Minutes” in 2016 and in The New York Times in 2021. To learn more, visit sbp.org.

Submitted by K.Noyes

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