Congratulations from NJAE! You’re one step closer to achieving your goal of earning a college degree!
But first, please tell us, is this you?
- You have demonstrated scholastic achievement while in high school.
- You have the potential and talent needed to succeed in completing a four year college program at a New Jersey college or an historically black college or university.
- You have financial need.
If so, let’s go to the next step.
The Application Process
PLEASE NOTE: The application can be downloaded from this website. The application must be carefully and completely filled out, and returned to the foundation with your guidance counselor’s signature and stamped with the school seal. Please ensure that the writing is legible and that all contact information is current. All information will be kept confidential and not shared with any third parties.
Students must meet the following criteria:
- Residency Requirements: Applying student, whether dependent or independent, must have a permanent, legal family address (must reside) in Essex County, New Jersey in one of the following communities only: East Orange, Orange, Irvington, or Newark. Applicant may be also be classified as homeless or a ward of the state of NJ.
- High Academic Achievement: Applicant must supply high school transcript along with the third quarter report card. NJAE will evaluate applicant’s performance in the core curriculum classes from grades 9 thru 12.
- Grades in the following subjects will be used to determine the applicant’s Core GPA: English, History/Social Science, Laboratory Science, Languages other than English, and Mathematics.
- Applicant must have achieved a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) in the core curriculum classes.
- Interest(s), Commitment, and Character: Applicant must demonstrate a cursory knowledge of the program. Applicant’s character will be gauged by information gathered during an intense and comprehensive interview. Although all scholarship funds have specific criteria, awarding scholarships also includes demonstrated character, motivation, and potential of the applicants.
- Financial Need: As an applicant, you must provide proof that financial assistance is needed to mitigate some of the financial pressures on your family. The actual amount of money to be made available to any one recipient will not exceed the maximum award allowed by NJAE.
- Federal Financial Aid: Applicant must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must be the recipient of a Federal Pell grant.
- Eligible Colleges and Universities: Applying student must be entering – as a full-time student – an accredited four year college or university either in New Jersey or a Historically Black college or university.
- Citizenship Requirement: Applying students must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-55
- Student Status: Applicant must be enrolled as a full time student.
In my experience, I believe that students need more than money to be successful. NJAE prides itself in providing personal and professional development preparing the future generation of leaders who will change the world.
Timothy Brown, Director of Student Services and College Relations
The NJAE Selection Process:
Once an application is received, reviewed and eligibility is determined, NJAE will invite the student to interview and collect documents to be used to verify student’s actual eligibility.
Click here to download the application
Applications are due June 30st.