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Jul 14, 2024

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Music Scholarship
Awarded To
Hannah Kulesa

Matt “Garbo” Grabowski Music Scholarship Awarded To Hannah Kulesa

CLIFTON, NJ – The 2020 Matt “Garbo” Grabowski Music Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Clifton High School senior Hannah Kulesa. Even though there were no ceremonies held this year, the scholarship awards were still given out to the recipients.

Hannah studied 8 years of violin, and 7 years of singing lessons. She belonged to CHS Mad Caps (Honors Choir) for 4 years, Honors Orchestra for 4 years, in CHS musicals for 3 years, and was a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society for 2 years. She plans on attending Seton Hall University.

The Athenia Business Association of Clifton established this scholarship in memory of Matt Grabowski, former Clifton Councilman who passed away in 2015. The ABA and the Grabowski family wanted to continue Matt’s legacy of giving back to the community, and to perpetuate his passion for music by giving someone a helping hand in achieving their musical dreams. The scholarship was set up specifically for graduating high school students who want to pursue a career in music.

Matt’s creativity knew no limits…. he was a musician, singer and song writer, and also helped others to produce their songs. Matt, a Clifton graduate, was also known in the community for his dedication to Clifton, especially the Athenia section where he started the Athenia Business Association. He always strived to make the community better and wanted to give back to the city he loved.

For more information about the scholarship, please go to or call 201-410-1686. Applications for next year’s scholarship will be available in November.