Gov. Christie announces $1M scholarship initiative for students in urban school districts
March 20, 2012 by admin
TRENTON — High school students in 14 urban school districts would be eligible for college scholarships under a proposed initiative announced by Gov. Chris Christie today.
Governor Chris Christie gets a high five with students at Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton where he discussed higher education on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger
Christie wants $1 million in his budget to fund an urban scholarship program. Under the program, up to 1,000 students would get $1,000 scholarships for four years.
To qualify, students must meet income requirements, be in the top 5 percent of their class, and have a 3.0 grade point average.
They can be used to attend any college in New Jersey, public or private.
The scholarships will be available starting in the fall 2012-2013 school year.
Christie announced the parameters of the scholarships today in front of more than 30 high school students seated in bleachers at the Trenton Catholic Academy gym. He first announced the scholarships and other higher education increases in his budget address last month.
“Why should we not allow college to be a real possibility for those children?” Christie said, adding he wants to make higher education more “accessible and available.”
The 14 eligible towns are Asbury Park, Camden, East Orange, Irvington Township, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Paterson, Plainfield, Roselle and Vineland.
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority will administer the program and will notify eligible high schools in the next few months.
By Megan DeMarco/Statehouse Bureau