Jordan Holaday, a senior at Henry Hudson Regional School, has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation. He is the son of Edith Moskowitz and Cullum Holaday of Highlands.
This year’s scholarship brings to a total of 28 those given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 11 years since his death. It was awarded by Eric’s parents, former Atlantic Highlands Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Louise I. Donoghue, a retired Henry Hudson language teacher, during the annual Awards Assembly. The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. It is awarded to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and is financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.
Jordan is a trumpeter, singer, and actor who has performed with the Henry Hudson school band, the A Capella Choir, and has had leading roles in virtually all musical productions during his years at the school. He has played in the marching, concert, and jazz bands. He was an active member of the Key Club, Book Club, Willow Tree Club , Drama Club, and student government. In 2012, he attended the Elks Peer Leadership Conference.
For the past three years. Jordan has also participated in the Monmouth County Arts High School’s Broadway Vocal Music program, earning the “honors” distinction each year. He is also a member of the Heroes and Cool Kids peer-mentoring program. In the fall, he will be attending the University of Hartford, majoring in music production and technology.
Eric Donoghue was an accomplished musician, composer, and piano teacher who played keyboard in various Central Jersey jazz and rock bands. He was the organist at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands at the time of his death and had previously played at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands. He was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Contributions may be made to the Eric P. Donoghue Foundation at 49 Mount Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716