The event is named in honor of the late Sgt. Wilbur Ray who was a long-time and devoted member of the Brookdale Community College police force and an active volunteer in the Long Branch community.  His example of public service serves as the inspiration for the program which celebrates significant contributions by county residents and organizations that, while substantial, do not always result in public recognition.

The Wilbur Ray Scholarship Awards Dinner is held annually, each spring, to celebrate diversity and the importance of civic engagement by students and professionals who attend the college and/or work within the communities served by Brookdale Community College. Proceeds from the dinner support the Wilbur Ray Scholarship Program which has distributed numerous scholarships to students over its 37 year history.


Scholarship amount is credited to the student’s account at Brookdale to be used to cover tuition, fees or books.


Click here to view photos of previous honorees.