Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 Scholarship Application

Welcome scholarship applicants! This scholarship is for seniors graduating from Glen Ridge High School. The completed application with essay attached must be turned in to your guidance counselor no later than April 11, 2014.

The application form is available at the Glen Ridge High School Guidance Office, or you can download a copy here.

Thomas Bowden graduated Glen Ridge High School with the Class of 1983. After he died, we received many cards and letters from people, describing how Tommy had touched their life. Some gestures were small things, like the way he befriended a new student. Other gestures were larger – but they all spoke of Tom’s kind and generous nature.

Please refer to the articles below and write an essay describing how you – by your words or your actions – have quietly touched the lives of others, as Tommy did. The essay should be a minimum of one page, typed and double-spaced.

Good luck!

A New Jersey Native Son

Thomas H. Bowden Jr. grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., about a dozen miles due west of Manhattan, and, like any self-respecting son of New Jersey, he was deeply, openly and emotionally loyal to Bruce Springsteen. He once argued to his skeptical father that the Boss trumped the Chairman of the Board as New Jersey's greatest voice. How, then, to explain Mr. Bowden's love of the Boston Red Sox? Even his mother, Sheilah Bowden, was a little baffled by that one. The best she could come up with is that her son had a soft spot for underdogs.

Mr. Springsteen would understand.

Mr. Bowden was 36, an equities trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. He started there in 1993, the same week as the first terror attack on the World Trade Center. He and his wife, Deborah, had two children, Sara, 22 months, and Alyson, born two weeks early on Aug. 31. His family now views this last fact as a small gift from God.

One of his finest qualities, his mother said, was a fierce protectiveness of family and friends. He remained close to boys he first met in grade school. Early in the morning he would stand over Sara's crib, fortifying himself with her smile. Now, thanks to his friends, she has a necklace with a silver heart engraved with his initials.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 22, 2001.

Thomas Bowden Jr., 36, larger than life

When he married his wife, Deborah, six years ago next week, Thomas Bowden Jr. invited 340 friends and family members along. He tried, but he just couldn't make the list any shorter.

For all his life, Mr. Bowden loved being surrounded by those close to him. "He said we had to invite everyone he listed because they all meant so much to him," said Deborah Bowden of Wyckoff. "And everyone came. Our wedding was one huge party. We paid the band extra because we went an hour-and-a-half over what we had planned."

Sunny, gregarious and fiercely loyal to those he loved, Mr. Bowden, 36, a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities in New York, was lost in the attack on the World Trade Center last Tuesday. Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Sara, 21 months, and Alyson, 15 days old, and a network of family and friends who extend from his boyhood days on Glen Ridge's Edgewood Avenue.

"I couldn't imagine having a better older brother because he was like a rock," said his brother, Paul Bowden, a Fairfield police officer. "Everyone loved him."

Modest about his financial success, Mr. Bowden was generous to a fault, his family said.

When a relative lost her job, an ample, unsolicited check arrived in the mail from Mr. Bowden. When another family member's basement was flooded by a cracked water heater, he paid for the repairs, no questions asked. One time, he carried a stranger with crutches over a snowbank so the man could enter a Bloomfield restaurant, said his mother, Sheilah Bowden. "Everywhere he was, he made a difference and he never talked about it."

A sports fanatic, especially for the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Red Sox, Mr. Bowden possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the teams. "He charted his life events based on what sporting events happened that day," his sister, Kathryn Bowden, recalled.

He wouldn't eat vegetables or blueberry muffins. He thought E- ZPass was a conspiracy. His friends called them "Bowdenisms," the things that only Mr. Bowden would think or do.

He was the kind of husband, his wife said, who would sneak up on her as she stood at the sink doing dishes and hug her from behind.

She'd like to believe that their second child -- born two weeks before her due date on Aug. 31 -- arrived early, a gift from God, so that "her father would get to know her."

Mr. Bowden attended Virginia Western Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford. He had worked for Cantor Fitzgerald since 1993.

In addition to his wife, two daughters, mother, brother and sister, Mr. Bowden is survived by his father, Thomas Bowden, and a brother, James Bowden of Glen Ridge.

Profile by Kitta MacPherson published in THE STAR-LEDGER.

Friday, June 7, 2013

2013 Scholarship Award Winners: Jack Lewis and Isabel Rojas!

The Thomas H. Bowden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to Jack Lewis and Isabel Rojas, graduating seniors from Glen Ridge High School, at an assembly Friday, June 8. The assembly was held at the Glen Ridge Upper Elementary School. Tommy's parents, Thomas Sr. and Shielah of Glen Ridge presented the awards.

Kathy Bowden shared, "some years it is easy to determine the award winners - but not this year! Each and every student who applied deserved to win - it was a struggle to narrow it down to two."
We salute the Class of 2013!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

2013 Scholarship Winners Decided

The 2013 Thomas H. Bowden, Jr. Memorial Scholarships will be awarded on Friday, June 8. From a pool of fifteen applicants two recipients will receive scholarship awards.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Our 2012 Winners: Dane Lamendola and Alexander Tolmachov

The Thomas H. Bowden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to Dane Lamendola II and Alexander Tolmachov, graduating seniors from Glen Ridge High School, at an assembly Friday, June 8. The assembly was held at the Glen Ridge Upper Elementary School. Tommy's parents, Thomas Sr. and Shielah of Glen Ridge and his sister, Kathy Bowden of Montclair, presented the awards.

Shielah Bowden shared, "if the essays we received represent a cross-section of Glen Ridge today, the students graduating with the Class of 2012 – and their families – have much to be proud of."
We salute the Class of 2012 - and especially our two winners!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bowden scholarship aims to inspire 'seeds of hope' created a series of 9/11 video tributes as part of their commemoration of the 10th anniversary.  Tommy and the scholarship fund were one of the subjects selected.  Click here to view!

Bowden scholarship aims to inspire 'seeds of hope'

Posted: Friday, September 02, 2011, 4:40 PM

Bowden scholarship aims to inspire 'seeds of hope'
9/11 victims: Honoring their memory - Shielah Bowden and her daughter, Kathy, created The Thomas H. Bowden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund that recognizes students at Glen Ridge High School for their potential. (Video by Jennifer Brown / The Star-Ledger)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our 2011 Scholarship Winners, Kyle and Stephanie

This past Sunday, Kyle (with his dad) and Stephanie (with her mom) came to visit at our parent's house. Mom and Dad had not been able to attend the scholarship presentation, and they very much wanted to meet our newest "seeds of hope".

Jennifer Brown of the Star Ledger was also there, to document this special meeting as part of the Ledger's 10th anniversary of 9/11 coverage.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011 Golf Sponsors

We are very grateful to the wonderful people and businesses who make The 2011 Tommy Bowden Golf Outing so very special!

Golden Eagle Sponsors:
+ The Dapuzzo Family
+ The Swain Family

Eagle Sponsors:

Birdie Sponsors:
+ The Brian and Joelle Kelly Family Foundation 

Putting Contest Sponsor:
+ Unique Photo, The Camera & Video Superstore - Fairfield, NJ

Tee Sponsors:
 +  America's Best Limos - Fairfield, NJ
 +  Fairfield Garden Center - Fairfield, NJ
 +  Mac Industries, LLC - Union, NJ
 +  Manheim NY Metro Skyline Auto Auction - Fairfield, NJ
 Orange Packaging - Newburgh, NY
 +  The Pilla Brothers - Newburgh, NY
 Red Carpet - Fairfield, NJ
 +  Riteway Plumbing - Fairfield, NJ  
 +  V&L Machine & Tool - Fairfield, NJ

Silent Auction and Prizes Items:

+ Amanti Vino, 2 tickets to wine tasting class - Montclair, NJ
+ Ann Clare, Spa/Wine Gift Basket
+ CBS Sports Banner autographed by the guys at The NFL Today (James Brown, Hall of Famer Dan Marino, Former MVP Boomer Esiason, newly elected Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Cowher), courtesy Joe Zappulla 
+ Fitzgeralds 1928, Dinner for 2 - Glen Ridge, NJ 
+ Global Air to Ground, 2 fine art prints aerial "Before" and "After" WTC photographs - New York, NY 
+ The Mane Place II, Gift certificate - Verona, NJ 
+ NY Jets, Limited edition laser autographed football, 2010 team
+ Roger Staubach autographed football, courtesy Michelle Grimes 
+ 3-day weekend at a vacation home in Dennis, MA - between the Dennis Highlands and Dennis Pines golf courses
+ Woodhouse Day Spa, Gift certificate - Montclair, NJ

Gift Bag and Product Sponsors:
+ Golfer Cigars, courtesy of Fume Cigars - Montclair, NJ 
+ TEAse Iced Tea for all golfers! 
+ Chips Ahoy Cookies, courtesy Shoprite of Brookdale - Bloomfield, NJ  
+ Via Coffee, courtesy Church Street Starbucks - Montclair, NJ  
+ A one-year membership to - where will you play today? (thank you McRedmond!)

Golf Cart Sponsors:
+ Your Door and More (Brenda Ross Priest)
+ Service with a Smile Waitstaff (Alice Budis Quinn) 
+ The Ruane Family

+ Essex Animal Hospital - Bloomfield, NJ
+ Bloomfield Steak & Seafood - Bloomfield, NJ

To become a sponsor please contact:
Kathy Bowden at or 973-567-8037. Or visit our registration website here. Thank you!