Princeton-based Choose New Jersey, Inc., along with prominent business, education and community leaders, is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Smart Students Choose New Jersey scholarship and internship awards. The program was created to encourage New Jersey’s most accomplished students to remain in New Jersey for their post-secondary education and professional careers.
Piloted in high schools in Newark and Camden in 2016, the program recognized the highest academically-ranked senior from each participating high school that chose to attend a New Jersey college or university. The 27 Newark and 10 Camden Smart Students represent public, private and charter high schools throughout the cities. Each student was awarded a one-time unrestricted scholarship of $2,000 and a paid summer internship for three consecutive summers, after their freshman, sophomore and junior years. This year’s Newark Smart Students are:
This year’s Smart Students Choose New Jersey scholars from Camden are:
“We applaud the academic achievements of this year’s Smart Students. We look forward to working with them as they enter college and begin to build successful careers in New Jersey through their internship experiences,” said Michele Brown, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey, Inc. “We also thank leadership in the City of Newark, the City of Camden, and the sponsors and supporters that helped us launch this important initiative to keep our best and brightest here in New Jersey.”
Smart Students Choose New Jersey is being advanced in response to statistics about the out-migration of New Jersey’s high school students to out-of-state-colleges. According to a report published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, more than half of our graduating seniors leave New Jersey to pursue their college careers in another State.
“New Jersey invests heavily in educating its students, which is reflected in its national education rankings and high school graduation rates. They are among the highest in the country,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G and chairman of Choose New Jersey. “New Jersey’s highly educated workforce is a key reason why businesses choose to locate and expand in the State. It’s important that we work to keep our best and brightest here in New Jersey so they can become leaders and innovators who contribute to the state’s economic growth.”
Newark’s Lead Program Sponsor is Audible, Inc. Smart Students Choose New Jersey also is supported by PSEG, Atlantic City Electric, PNC Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Hackensack University Health Network, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 825, Jersey Central Power & Light, Laborers International Union of North America, New Jersey American Water, NJM Insurance Group, New Jersey Resources, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Prudential Financial Inc., South Jersey Gas, Suez in North America, Wakefern Food Corporation, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Campbell Soup Company.Related Articles: