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Jun 23, 2017

2017 Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Presentations

Three Northern Monmouth County seniors have been awarded music scholarships by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation. They are Drew Springsteen and John Slocum, both Atlantic Highlands residents and Henry Hudson Regional School students, and Sabrina Dunn of Middletown, a graduating senior at Middletown High School North.
They were awarded the scholarships by Peter E. Donoghue, former mayor of Atlantic Highlands, and his wife, Louise, a retired Henry Hudson teacher, during recent senior awards assemblies. The financial awards bring to a total of 35 the number of scholarships given out in the 14 years since their son, musician Eric Donoghue, passed away at age 32. Springsteen played saxophone in the Hudson symphonic band, marching band, pit band and jazz band as well as singing in the school’s acapella choir. He will be attending Montclair State University in the fall. Springsteen in the son of Dean and Jean Springsteen. Slocum played three different instruments in different bands at Hudson, percussion in the concert band, trumpet in the marching band and bass in the Henry Hudson/Keyport football pep band. He was also a member of the acapella choir and performed in every musical production since his freshman year. He will be attending Ramapo State College in the fall. Slocum is the son of Christian and Lori Slocum. Dunn was a singer and a student leader at Middletown North and was a member of the a capella choir, the Concordia Youth Chorale and the All-Shore Chorus. She will be attending the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as a voice performance major. Dunn is the daughter of Nuria and Vance Dunn. Eric Donoghue was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson, in Highlands. After that, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was a keyboardist and played in several Central Jersey jazz and rock bands. He had been the organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands and, subsequently, at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, also in Atlantic Highlands. He was also a composer and a piano teacher. The scholarships in his name have been financed through the donations of scores of family friends and area residents.