Grant Award Announced to Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announces the award of a $1,500 grant to The Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies at Englewood for the 2021 Englewood Idol talent competition. The grant award supports the creation of five virtual Englewood Idol shows for students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade in high school.  The funds raised provide scholarship money for students at Dwight Morrow High School and also the Academies at Englewood.

A grant award to The Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund supports the Englewood Idol performance.

A grant award to The Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund supports the Englewood Idol production.

Collaboration Builds Communities

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration. For 23 years, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation has served the region by asking, What can we do together that we can’t do alone?. In addition, the NNJCF is a leader in creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into the fabric of a region, town, or city block in the region.

Englewood Idol was also the brainchild of former Northern New Jersey Community Foundation board member John Landes.  Furthermore, he helped spearhead this successful fundraiser and collaboration that brought together diverse Englewood high school students in a friendly talent competition. “Our initial effort to provide an opportunity for students from the three diverse high schools in Englewood to work together on an arts production grew into an exemplary demonstration of how art brings together everyone in a community.  The arts also provide a universal language we all can speak,” said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

2021 Competition Changes With COVID-19

The singing and dancing competition is open to students who live, workshop, or attend school in Englewood. In addition, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Englewood Idol will be broadcasted virtually.  The producers plan to announce the dates of the five day program in the late spring. The five virtual shows feature Micro Idol with students in pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and second grade and Mini Idol with students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades.  Furthermore, Junior Idol presents students from sixth through eighth grades.  Senior Idol, drawing students from ninth through twelfth grades, will also be featured. The Season Finale concludes with the crowning of the 2021 Englewood Idol.

For further information about Englewood Idol, contact To learn more about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, visit the organization’s website  or contact or 201-568-5608.

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