Karen DeLisle
Memorial Scholarship
Foundation

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.
Karen DeLisle
Memorial Scholarship
Foundation