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2016 NEW JERSEY RISING SCHOLARS
RECOGNITION AWARD
GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION

Academic Year: 2016-2017
Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Who Is Eligible?

All current high school seniors who are interested in attending any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and meet the following criteria:

  • Attend a New Jersey public school (including charter schools) or private school or home schooled;
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 or higher on a 4.5 scale.; and,
  • Have obtained a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or above (based on 1600 maximum) or 1350 or above (based on 2400 maximum) OR ACT score of 20 or above.

How Are New Jersey Rising Scholars Selected?

Up to seventy-five high school student seniors will be nominated for selection by a committee consisting of New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) personnel and members of the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair of NJ. 

Eligible students will be evaluated based on their merit, academic and personal goals, school activities, and community service, personal statement, and other significant information, such as their desire to become future educators and first generation of college attendance.  No materials will be returned to the candidate.

WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BEGINNING OCTOBER 18, 2016 BY EMAIL.

All winners will be expected to participate in an award ceremony that will be held for the scholar and one guest on Sunday, November 13, 2016. 

What Will New Jersey Rising Scholars Receive?

Each Rising Scholar will receive:

  • An award certificate
  • Comprehensive guide of available HBCU scholarships
  • The opportunity to meet with college recruiters participating in the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair Week
  • Eligibility to receive on-site admission to selected institutions and an opportunity to have application fees waived.
  • Eligibility to be considered for an HBCU Rising Scholar Fund Scholarship, depending on the availability of funds.

2016 NEW JERSEY RISING SCHOLARS APPLICATION

Instructions for Submission

Send one (1) original and three (3) copies of the completed application to ensure it is

RECEIVED BY: 

OCTOBER 11, 2016
Faxed or email copies will not be accepted

Mail To:
New Jersey Department of Education
Amistad Commission
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
Attn:  New Jersey Rising Scholars

Hand Deliver To:
New Jersey Department of Education
Amistad Commission
100 Riverview Plaza
Trenton, NJ 08625
Attn:  New Jersey Rising Scholars

For Additional Information:

Shara Floyd
New Jersey Department of Education
Amistad Commission
609-984-6428

Application (Word | PDF)