Mary Leigh Barbusin, Garden State Towing Association Scholarship Fund

The Garden State Towing Association (GSTA) established this scholarship fund in honor of our long time Executive Director, Mary Leigh Barbusin. These scholarships are meant to assist GSTA Member children who wish to pursue a college education or technical degree at an accredited Technical/Vocational School or two year or four year college or university.

Scholarships are made based on academic potential, financial need, and special circumstances without reference to race, creed, gender, disability, religion or national origin.

Applicants must be New Jersey residents who are dependent children (naturally and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee), age 23 and under, of a regular GSTA Member or associate member in good standing. The member or member company must have a minimum of 1 year of  membership with the GSTA.

There will be three (3) $1,000 scholarships awarded. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Interested students must complete the attached GSTA Scholarship Fund Application for the following academic year, a 500 word essay “Who you are and why you deserve this scholarship”, along with a current transcript of grades. Mail all documents to the GSTA, PO Box 162, Morganville, NJ 07751, POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 15, 2024. Recipients will be notified by the end of August. Awardees will need to make themselves available for an in person photo.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applicants are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore it is important to answer all questions as completely as possible. All information received is considered confidential and reviewed by the GSTA scholarship committee, executive board and staff.

The candidate selection is made by the GSTA scholarship committee with final approval by the executive board. The committee will evaluate all applicants based on past educational performance, future potential, work experience, statement of career aspirations and goals, leadership and participation in school and community activities, and volunteer efforts. Special circumstances and financial need will also be given consideration. Anyone who serves on the scholarship committee agrees their family members will not be eligible to participate in the program.

The award check will be mailed directly to the school in the student’s name.

Click here to download the GSTA Scholarship Application

Click here donate to the Scholarship Fund


Any questions can be directed to:

​​​​​John Tumino, Tumino’s Towing

37 Emerson Street, Ridgefield Park NJ