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The 2021 Annual Pond Lehocky Giordano Scholarship doubles down on gratitude

The son of dedicated Local 420 Steamfitter union member has been awarded the 2021 Pond Lehocky Giordano Annual Scholarship, which aids the friends, family members, and colleagues of injured workers in the pursuit of higher education. 

Robert Ramirez, from Riverton NJ, will receive $5,000 toward his education at Lander University.  In the essay he submitted to win the scholarship, he described the hardships his family faced when his father was injured again just after recovering from a work-related surgery. Managing Partner Samuel H. Pond continues to fight for Mr. Ramirez’s rights and help him get the justice he deserves.  

“Even though this past year has been tough on my family, just when it seemed like there was nothing, we picked ourselves back up to grow closer together,” Ramirez wrote in his essay. “I dare say in a time of my life when I have drastically less, I have everything I could ever need, and I am so happy. My father is recovering, my family is healthy, and every day is an opportunity to grow.” 

The firm has seen firsthand how the death or disability of a breadwinner can leave the family teetering on financial disaster. Parents, who had big dreams for the children, are left with crushing realization that they cannot help with their children fulfill those dreams because of the onerous, ever-increasing expense of education.  

Therefore, the firm’s partners started the Pond Lehocky Giordano Annual Scholarship, which aids the friends, family members, and colleagues of injured workers in the pursuit of higher education. The $5,000 annual scholarship is open to everyone currently accepted to or enrolled in higher education. Applicants must have had some personal connection to a work-related injury.  

With the scholarship Pond Lehocky Giordano reaffirms its commitment to provide holistic care to injured and disabled workers that extends beyond the legal process. Providing a scholarship to those impacted by work injuries recognizes the struggles clients face to be made whole again.  

Pond Lehocky Giordano also understands that fighting for the hard-working members of our community is a privilege. With that privilege, comes a professional and moral duty to give back to the community. Pond Lehocky Giordano has made education a key focus of its charitable efforts. This scholarship is another example of that dedication.  

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