The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) has awarded scholarships to Liam Fitzgerald of Lake Hopatcong and Nicholas Karpiak of Hopatcong. Each year, the Foundation gives two $1,000 scholarships to local graduating seniors whose future studies have been shaped by their time on New Jersey’s largest lake.

Liam will study accounting and finance at Susquehanna University this fall. He spent summers working at local businesses, where he learned how a company can positively or negatively impact the environment. He also became aware of the efforts undertaken by some businesses to improve the lake as well as the surrounding environment. “As a future business owner,” said Liam, “I am hopeful to have a business that doesn’t just maintain the status quo, but works to improve the environment in which it operates.”

Nicholas, an Eagle Scout, has been accepted to the President’s Leadership Program at Christopher Newport University, where he will major in business with a specialized leadership studies minor. He worked part-time at a lakeside business and assisted with multiple community service projects. “I have realized that working in my community gives me a sense of pride, and service will continue to be a lifelong priority for me,” he said.

2018 Lake Hopatcong Foundation Scholarship Winner, Nick Karpiak, pictured. (Photo provided by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation)

Holly Odgers, LHF managing director, noted that “by investing in young people’s education, we feel we’re investing not only in our community but also in the future of Lake Hopatcong.”

The mission of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to “improve Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.” For more information, visit

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