PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- The Picatinny Arsenal Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association presented five scholarships and recognition awards for excellence to deserving students on Aug. 6 in recognition of their demonstrated academic achievement, challenging career aspirations and outstanding leadership potential. Pictured from left are Amith Iyer, Jennifer Ann Sanville, Sara Thayer Cummings, Abigail DeMasi and Nicholas Carlucci.

Sanville is the recipient of the 2014 John P. Amerspek Memorial Scholarship, which is only awarded every five years. Amerspek served in many leadership positions at Picatinny Arsenal including civilian deputy to the commander, retiring in 1981. During World War II, he served in the Army and was a decorated Soldier in the Mediterranean and European theatres of war. He served overseas for three years and participated in five invasions (North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Southern France) and received 11 battle stars. He was cited for courage at the Anzio Beach Head.

Amerspek was the first president and chairman of the board of directors of the Picatinny Chapter of the NDIA and was a leader of the chapter for more than 30 years. Through the support of U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the 112th session of Congress paid tribute to Amerspek. The Picatinny Chapter also thanked the following persons for their work on the scholarship and awards program: Steve George, President NDIA - Picatinny Chapter; Ralph Campoli, Chairman NDIA - Picatinny Chapter; Nancy Campoli, Administration and Treasurer NDIA- Picatinny Chapter.

The members of the scholarship selection committee were Mike Chiefa, Dawn Dean, Michael Dellaterza, Phil Magnotti, Ductri Nguyen, Samuel Perez, and Henry T. Rand, Jr.