Tommy Page Scholarship Established for West Orange, NJ, Public School Students
The grant will annually benefit a West Orange High School graduate with an interest in continuing an education in the arts.
The West Orange Scholarship Fund (WOSF) Board of Trustees announced on Monday (April 2) it has established a permanent endowment in memory of musician and music executive Tommy Page.
Page was a resident of West Orange, New Jersey, with his partner, Charlie Wright, and their three children, all of whom currently attend West Orange public schools. Page, a singer best known for his No. 1 single "I'll Be Your Everything" who went on to become Billboard's publisher, passed away March 3, 2017, at the age of 46.
The Tommy Page scholarship will be awarded annually to a qualified West Orange High School graduate with an interest in continuing an education in fine arts, with a preference ion music education or performance. It will be funded from the Tommy Page permanent endowment with the first grant coming this June and continuing on in perpetuity.
"We are excited to announce this endowment in memory of Tommy Page and thank his friends and family for establishing this tribute to him with the WOSF," said West Orange Scholarship Fund President Rich Rizzolo in a statement. "The West Orange school district has a music program second to none and we believe the district is a perfect match for this scholarship endowment."
The scholarship was founded by Page's friend and longtime attorney, Mark Levinsohn, as well as Page's friend and neighbor Lisa Boymann.
"From a young age, Tommy loved singing and songwriting," said Levinsohn in a statement, "but as much as he enjoyed exercising his creative skills, he also acknowledged the importance
of education. By combining his talent, intelligence, drive and magnetic personality, Tommy achieved remarkable success, both as an artist and as an executive in the music industry."
Added Lisa Boymann, "Tommy was extraordinarily kind, warm and attentive to all kinds of people. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always humble and compassionate toward others, regardless of his many achievements. Tommy touched many lives and it’s great to know every year a West Orange High School graduate will benefit from a scholarship honoring his memory."
Contributions are being accepted to the Tommy Page Scholarship endowment via the fund webpage on the school district's website at www.woboe.org/domain/303.
As well, checks can be made payable to The West Orange Scholarship Fund, marking Tommy Page in the memo field, and mailed to The West Orange Scholarship Fund, c/o Jim Quinn - Treasurer, 23 Witte Place, West Orange NJ 07052.