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The (New Jersey Hall of Fame) NJHOF Unsung Hero Award recognizes New Jersey's local heroes, people who are game-changers but are not typically recognized for their work in improving the lives of people in our great state. Nominations are made by the general public, NJHOF chooses five finalists, and the winner will be selected by prior Unsung Hero recipients. Previous recipients include first responders injured in the line of duty, Holocaust educators and others who have overcome obstacles to accomplish great things and make a difference in their communities. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2018.
The Unsung Hero Award was developed in 2009 to recognize a true American hero, Lieutenant Brian Brennan. Lt. Brennan, along with three other soldiers and a civilian, were the victims of two improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. Although he suffered from life-threatening injuries, Lt. Brennan miraculously awoke from his coma and has made an incredible recovery. The 2009 Unsung Hero award was presented to Lt. Brennan by General David T. Petraeus, a moment no-one in the audience will ever forget. The award has since recognized major influencers such as paralyzed former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand, Expect to Win author Carla Harris, and Sue and Ed Goldstein, founders of The Valerie Fund.
Nominate your Unsung Hero here
NJHOF will also recognize the recipients of the third annual Arête Scholarship on stage at the Induction Ceremony. Named for the Greek concept of "Arête" meaning the realization of one's highest potential, these $5,000 scholarships are awarded to New Jersey high school seniors to help them achieve their potential.
Winners will be invited to a private pre-event dinner with New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy, the inductees and presenters. The winners will then appear onstage with our inductees at the gala induction ceremony.  

Students can apply for these generous scholarships online before the deadline on March 17, 2018. The NJHOF presents  The Arête Scholarship in partnership with the New Jersey Education Association(NJEA).
For information on sponsorship and ticket packages for the induction ceremony, please contact Lisa Fielding, Partnership Director, at