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About Paramus High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Donate to the "Ken Tashian Memorial Scholarship" here.
Paramus High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fundraiser

Dear PHS Alum:

As many of you know, Ken Tashian, Class of 1964, was a tireless supporter of Paramus High School. He did this through his one-man creation, administration, and continual upkeep of two websites: PHSClassof1964.com and ParamusSpartans.net. The Paramus Spartans website enables all of us to retain a lasting connection to PHS and to each other. Currently, more than 22,000 PHS alumni are listed! Both websites were funded solely by Ken from their inception until his untimely death—just a few months shy of his 75th birthday—in May 2021.Ken Tashian Memorial Scholarship 2022

PHS Alumni Association is now a reality
One of Ken’s dreams was to create a Paramus High School Alumni Association. We are pleased to report that, thanks to the efforts of several Class of ‘74 alumni, the Paramus High School Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in August 2021 in honor of Ken’s long-time goal. You can read more about its mission and goals.

Part of the alumni association’s mission is to provide undergraduate scholarships. To that end, we announce the creation of the Ken Tashian Memorial Scholarship.

The Ken Tashian Memorial Scholarship
The Ken Tashian Memorial Scholarship—the first for the PHS Alumni Association—is to be awarded to a graduating Paramus High School student who embodies Ken’s lifelong Spartan spirit. The student is someone who has served the Paramus High School and the Paramus community through the following:

  • Demonstrate care and compassion for others through words and deeds
  • Commitment to fostering strong relationships among the student body and with faculty
  • Demonstrate natural leadership qualities
  • Academic enthusiasm and achievement
  • School spirit and participation in extra-curricular activities
  • Volunteerism and community service
  • Taking on personal, academic and/or work challenges

Applicants will write a short essay (up to one page) that showcases how they have demonstrated these attributes during their time at Paramus High School, and how they foresee their participation or activities will influence their college years and beyond.

Additionally, the student with academic achievement and financial needs are considered as well as recommendations from Principal Ray Kiem, faculty and the guidance department.

Show your Spartan spirit and pay it forward!

PHSAA Scholarhship Fundraiser QR codeWe are asking our fellow PHS alumni to launch this scholarship to help worthy students bring their Spartan spirit to college. Your donation to the Paramus High School Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is tax-deductible. Use this QR code or use our donate link with a credit/debit card online.

You can also contribute by mailing a check made payable to Paramus High School Alumni Association to:
PHS Alumni Association
18 Navajo Trail
West Milford, NJ 07480-3610

We are excited about the future of the PHS Alumni Association and especially about the creation of its first scholarship, in honor of someone who deserves lasting recognition for his contributions to the school and generations of PHS grads. We thank you in advance for your tax-deductible donation so we can kick off this scholarship and fund additional initiatives for years to come.

Thanks so much for your Spartan Spirit.


Stan Cohen, Chair and President
David Ofshinsky, Vice President
–Caryn Starr-Gates, Secretary

–Laurie Morlini Valdetara, Treasurer
–William F. Kehoe, Esq., Incorporator
(All Trustees are Class of 1974)

The Paramus High School Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN: 87-2285560.

Contributors in the order received (as of 14 August 2022)

Louis Riehl ('61)
Gregory Gan ('64)
Robert Pons ('74)
Charles Mala ('64)
Michele Simon ('64)
David Ofshinsky ('74)
Michael Brown ('76) & Brown Family
Nancy Lewis ('74)
Kathleen Molloy ('74)
Faith Heisler ('74)
Philip & Geri Fontana ('64)
Roger Smith ('63)
John Skorski (Faculty)
Theresa Salvatore ('65)
Robert Germano ('65)
Bernie Yaged ('60)
Caryn Starr-Gates ('74)
Chris Carazo ('68)
Robert Luckow ('65)
Salvatore Rotolo ('62)
Joseph Leicht ('70)
Linda Tuzio Tomasso ('71)
Barry Cohen ('74)
Elizabeth Hays ('67)
Larry Lazar ('62)
Jed Weintraub
Carol M Puterko ('62)
Len Zander ('64)
Roland de Guzman ('90)
Ben de Guzman ('90)
Cathryn Villano ('67)
Stuart Blank ('78)
Richard Kane ('62)
Michael R. Landauer ('64)
Judith Albro
Ronald Braham ('67)
Chris Carroll ('68)
John O'Carroll ('67)
Robert Fatovic ('67)
Richard Petouvis ('64)
Jan Appelbaum ('65)
Brittany Stedtler ('06)
William Dickinson ('64)
William Bucceri ('67)
Joseph Muklevicz ('61)
Doreen Ottavinia ('61)
Jeffrey B. Perry ('64)
Carl Newman ('60)
Patrick Velucci ('65)
Walter Gan ('67)
Dennis Spillane ('65)
Tory Tashian
Lou Lanzalotto ('76)
Barry Toth ('64)
Ira Goldberg ('64)
Persia Banach Barile ('69)
Richard Suter ('73) ["Dedicated to Norm Reicher Memory"]
David Vaccaro ('68)
Gregory Gorab ('65)
Walter Talarek ('64)
Marti Sender Guinta ('64)
Charles Bartolomeo ('68)
Barbara Futter ('64)
Dwight Galda ('60)
William Savage (Coach/Faculty)
Candace Lira ('73)
David Reicher ('70)
Peter Grefrath ('73)
Linda LoPresti ('67)
Ronald Carletta ('64)
Michael Panchuck ('65)
James Finch ('74)
Albert DeLauro ('64)
Robert Weber ('64)
Peter Zoschak Jr ('63)
David Brody ('64)
Malory Fischer ('67)
Brenda Soong ('74)
Rena Harris ('74)
Ron and Karen (Adler) Rubinstein ('73 and '78)
Eileen Napolitano ('67)
Denise Stone ('64)
David Samuels ('65)
Kathleen Ryan ('67)
Michael Danylchuk ('67)
Sam Brewer ('67)
Harry Sadlock ('65)
Charles Hlawatsch ('64)
Robert Probst ('64)
Gloria (Cohen) Lewissohn ('65)
Lori Mercer ('77)
Jack Graham ('64)
Paul C. Pecoraro ('62)
Barbara (Weigner) Russel ('64)
Particia (Shaw) Parker ('67) and Steve Parker
Keri Greene ('01)
Andrea (Robinson) Kopido ('74)
Dennis ('64) and Aleida Kosce
James Carpenter ('63)
Robert Preyss ('64)
Gary Kriftner ('70)
William "Bill" Dickinson ('64)
Lynda Robertson Pasqueretta ('71)
Richard Rothschild ('75)
Nicole Biggart ('65)
Patricia Decker