Madelyn Beirne, a 2024 Southern Regional graduate, was awarded the Peter A. Famiano Memorial Scholarship by the New Jersey Golf Foundation.

MANAHAWKIN, NJ — Madelyn Beirne has already accomplished a lot in her short life. The 2024 Southern Regional High School graduate was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 10. Now the multi-talented student and athlete has been awarded a prestigious golf scholarship.

The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America (NJPGA), announced Beirne as the recipient of the prestigious 2024 Peter A. Famiano Memorial Scholarship. Beirne was honored at the New Jersey Golf Foundation's 16th Annual Peter A. Famiano Memorial Pro-Am on June 13 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

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Famiano was the head golf professional at Crestmont Country Club for over 35 years. In his honor, the NJGF established the Peter A. Famiano Memorial Scholarship, which the NJGF says recognizes deserving junior New Jersey golfers for their professionalism, integrity, volunteerism and service. The annual $2,500 scholarship is open to college students of all grade levels as long as they continue to meet the standards set by the NJGF Scholarship Committee. The committee reviews all applications based on the following criteria: scholarship merit, character and leadership qualities, financial need, volunteerism and future in golf.

Beirne was a four-year champion on the women's soccer and women's golf teams at Southern Regional. She is now headed to Montclair State University where she will continue her athletic career on the women's soccer team and aspire to join the women's golf team.

Beirne has been a long-time volunteer and has a passion for mentoring and providing leadership to younger students. After being diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 10, she became additionally involved with the David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

“Peter Famiano has always been committed to helping others and it is rewarding for the NJGF to support the further education of a deserving student-athlete,” said Chris Hunt, executive director of the New Jersey Golf Foundation. “Madelyn is a student-athlete who plays multiple sports, excels in school, is involved in the community and has battled and beaten cancer. I know Peter would be proud to help her move forward in the next phase of her life.”

Beirne is also secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society for French.

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