Hello, my name is Philip Zuska. I am the son of Vaclav Zuska, who has been a member of Local 29 in Jersey City for seven years. I am a graduate of Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey where I finished as one of the top students in my class. While attending Saint Joes, I was a member of the National Honors Society and German National Honors Society, a three-year Varsity soccer goalie, president of my school’s German Club, an active member of two organizations that specialize in working with people who have special needs, and an active member in many other clubs. I was a Math and German tutor, and I have received four National German Exam rewards and recognitions, such as two silver medals and one bronze medal. At the end of my high school career, I achieved Summa Cum Laude for having a cumulative GPA of 4.4 and above for all four years of high school, and my German abilities were recognized with the German National Honor Society Sacre’ Coeur Award.

With these achievements, I was able to get accepted into Rutgers, The University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Honors College, where I will be attending this upcoming school year to study Finance, with the hope of continuing for my master’s degree. I want to thank the OPCMIA for the huge role they played in my family’s life, and the Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund for allowing me to continue my higher education.