The Karen DeLisle Memorial Scholarship
Foundation (KDMSF) was formed to distribute
scholarships to qualifying New Jersey students who are
pursuing a college degree.
Mrs. DeLisle, at the age of 40, made the decision to
leave nursing and to pursue a life-long ambition to make
her mark as a writer. Shortly thereafter, she began her
second career as a reporter and columnist for the
Hunterdon County Democrat and the Delaware Valley
News. After Karen lost her battle with cancer in
September 2004, the Foundation was created in her
memory as a tribute to her love of writing and the value
she placed on secondary education.
The Foundation awards non-renewable scholarships of
varying amounts, typically $2,000-$3,000, to eligible
applicants. Two types of scholarships are available:
The Journalism Scholarship is awarded to college-
bound Hunterdon County high school seniors who
exhibit journalistic talent and goal-orientation
reminiscent of the Foundation’s namesake. This is a
merit-based scholarship. To qualify for consideration,
candidates must submit a human-interest story suitable
for publication in a general circulation newspaper.
The "Sigh-of-Relief" Scholarship is awarded to
need-based college students experiencing financial
difficulties resulting from the cancer-related illness or
death of an immediate family member. Applicants must
be degree-seeking college or trade school students
from New Jersey.