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Each year, the Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation aims to award scholarships to deserving and aspiring students from Franklin Township. We encourage all who meet the eligibility requirement to apply!


If you are a high student or a college freshman from the Franklin Township area, then we encourage you to apply to receive one of our 4 scholarships. Learn more about them below.

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Dr. Donna I. Silva-Burnett

Dr. Donna Silva-Burnett is an accomplished school leader who has also served in the capacity as teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator through the Franklin Township Public Schools for the past forty-two years up to her recent retirement. She has been a mentor, served on doctoral dissertation committees, designed positive behavior support programs and has a long-standing commitment to family and community engagement. Dr. Burnett has written and published “Developmentally Appropriate Discipline Practices for
Elementary School Principals” conducted workshop presentations at educational venues and a guest speaker for youth and family events.


She attended Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1978, completed a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 1992 from Kean University in Union, NJ and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership through Walden University in 2011.

Dr. Silva-Burnett is driven by the success of her former students and stands as an example for other school leaders towards making a difference in the lives of all students. She has been recognized for meritorious service in the New Jersey Army National Guard for twenty years of service, a recipient of the P.E.A.R.L.S. Community Award through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and is an ongoing member of other prestigious organizations.

She has a twin sister who resides in Waldorf, MD with several nieces and nephews along with loving family members, long devoted colleagues, friends and the former Reverend Kenneth A. Burnett who have graciously supported her entire career.


All applications must be submitted on or before 11:59pm EST on February 28th, 2023

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