New scholarship program provides aid to promising New Brunswick H.S. students

July 15, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Kevin T. Nini is a New Brunswick plastic surgeon whose life as a physician has taken a new turn – one he little imagined just a short time ago. Nini’s latest role is one of mentor, of guide, and of philanthropic supporter of talented teen-agers at New Brunswick High School.


Specifically, Nini is focused on helping members of the high school’s National Honors Society advance their high school dreams into a successful and happy adult life. He is working toward that goal by creating the “New Brunswick High School National Honor Society Award,” what amounts to a free new computer for each of the students and a scholarship worth $850.

Nini’s partner in this effort is Mark Tobias, a  managing director at Morgan Stanley in New Brunswick. Together the duo lent their support this month to a group of 12 students from NBHS in a ceremony held on July 1 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Nini recalled how it all came about. While acting as the keynote speaker for the National Honor Society’s graduation ceremony held earlier this year, he realized: “I saw what these kids were able to achieve despite challenges. These students may lack mentoring or the proper adult role models to give them advice.”

So Nini and Tobias decided to serve as those mentors, provide the students with a bit of financing toward a college career, and “get the ball rolling, so to speak,” as Nini described the plan.

In talking with the students at the awards ceremony, Nini and Tobias urged the group to return the favor by becoming role models and advisers for other students who follow them.

The pair plans to award the scholarships annually. They also want to encourage other business leaders to join the program, not only as donors but as advisers for future students.

“We want to attract other students in New Brunswick High School and let them know there is a way toward success,” Nini said. ‘Local solutions for local challenges’ is our mantra.”


Business leaders with an interest in financially supporting the scholarship program or in becoming student mentors themselves may contact Nini at 732-418-0709 – - or Tobias at 609-273-1021 –


About Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is an academic affiliate of Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences division.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a three-time winner of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Nursing, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s, please visit or call 732-745-8600.


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