|By Marketwired .||
|August 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT||
NEWARK, NJ--(Marketwired - August 11, 2014) - One hundred thirteen rising sixth, seventh, and ninth graders enrolled in New Jersey SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars Programs celebrated their commencement on August 2. New Jersey SEEDS is a nonprofit organization that transforms the educational opportunities of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families. Students participating in SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars Programs complete 14 months of advanced academic coursework before being placed in selective schools across the country.
The Scholars Program is a tuition-free academic program designed to prepare eighth-grade students in New Jersey for success in academically rigorous selective schools with substantial financial aid packages. The Young Scholars Program works with children in fifth and sixth grades in Greater Newark. Students enrolled in the tuition-free program engage in academic classes before placement in day or junior boarding schools, also with significant financial aid. Competition for both programs is intense; nearly 650 students applied last year for just 150 spots.
"Our students have worked incredibly hard over the past 14 months to advance their educations, and we are so proud of all that they have accomplished," says SEEDS President Ronni Denes. "In addition to attending classes with SEEDS over two summers and every Saturday in between, our scholars maintained exceptional grades and demonstrated leadership and engagement in extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to the arts. These are remarkably dedicated students, well on their way to achieving great academic successes."
On Saturday, August 2, family members and friends joined SEEDS staff, faculty, student advisors, board members and donors at Summit High School to celebrate the accomplishments of these scholars. Leah Pagan (Scholars '14, St. Paul's School '18) and Emmanuel Lawal (Young Scholars '14, Church Farm School '20) represented their classmates by serving as the event's student speakers.
"SEEDS Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2014 have a great deal to be proud of," explains Imani Gilliam, Dean of Scholars Programs. "Because of their hard work, they'll enter selective schools across the country, and will receive approximately $3,000,000 in financial aid directly from the schools they will attend."
At the ceremony, several students were honored for academic and leadership accomplishments:
- Christian Flores was named the Amy Ziebarth Scholar for his passion for social justice and strong commitment to SEEDS while enrolled in the Scholars Program.
- Dhwani Bharvad was named the Blair MacInnes Scholar for her outstanding academic achievement and dedication to education while enrolled in the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
- Maria Marin was the recipient of the Cavalier Scholarship, which helps to underwrite tuition at an independent school for a high-achieving student. The scholarship is generously awarded by the F&P DeRosa Memorial Fund.
- Sahibdip Saini was presented with the Dean's Award for his overall accomplishments, strong leadership, citizenship, exceptional academic qualities and great personality while enrolled in the Scholars Program.
- Michael Montenegro was named the Dwight L. Wilson Scholar for his personal and work ethics, honesty, integrity, and love of education while enrolled in the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
- Rebeka Zambrano was named the Edward and Barbara Becker Scholar for her outstanding academic achievement and exemplary work while in the Young Scholars Program.
- Bao Pham was named the John S. Scurci Scholar, for being an exceptional SEEDS student who will be attending The Pingry School.
Congratulations to the New Jersey SEEDS' graduates!
Young Scholars Class of 2014 Revival Afolabi Jason Jean Baptiste Daniela Rivera Elizabeth Agyei Emmanuel Lawal Evelyn Stewart Michelle Carneiro Ian Lozano Erick Tapia Miguel Castellano Afia Oduro-Manu Joseph Townsend Tony Fajardo Cindy Padilla Patrick Uket Abel Guzman Medina Purefoy-Craig Natalia West Dafne Hernandez Izabo Ramos Jahnathan White Jaden James Ajune' Richardson Rebeka Zambrano Scholars Class of 2014 Wafiq Abdullah Jibril Hammond Zain Mughal Nathan Antwi Ahmad Higazy Christian Oberst Dhwani Bharvad Tyreese James Fawaz Okoya Nathalie Bonilla Tania Jaramillo Kimberly Osorio Gabrielle Bonneau Phito Jean-Louis Andres Padilla Akeya Brown Aneela Kanhai Leah Pagan Hailie Cadeau Harleen Kaur Misa Patel Maria Cartagena Daiden Kent Bao Pham Wellington Cedeno Basson Kollock Jeaneville Quaye Michael Ovidio Chavez Collethea Lambert Ratsimbazafy Nicholas Rengifo Jacques Clovis Olubukola Lana Vanessa Saenz Erin Crowder Anne Marie Langan Sahibdip Saini Luz Estrella Cruz Mary Le Emily Sanchez Kaliyah Dorsey Michael Le Kiana Shell Tristan Edwards Tiffany Le Jasjeet Singh Mekkah El-Amin Danny Lin Kandola Kalel Lopez Tanveer Singh Katherine Erazo Damara Lowery Joshua Smith Ciara Escobar Luis Magana-ContrerasAlexander Sukach Cindy Espinosa Maria Marin Anmol Surpur Imanuel Familia Ivana Mejia Ryan Torres Jessica Fertig Valeria Mendoza Yahaira Torres Christian Flores Lauren Menjivar Sunjana Uddin Daniel Flores Nicholas FranciscoSebastian Meza Sara Vargas Cindy Funes Yves-Myriam Millien John Vergara Giselle Garcia Stanley Mo Audrey Vu Shania Dianna Georges Michael Montenegro Weatherington Kayle Gomez Roberto Montesdeoca Tyler White Lance Grant Dambite Morency Yassmeen Youssef Sarah Guirgis Yesenia Mozo
New Jersey SEEDS would like to thank the following partner schools for offering admission and substantial financial aid packages to SEEDS students this year:
All Saints Episcopal Groton School Pennington School Day School The Hill School Perkiomen School Berkshire School Hotchkiss School Phillips Academy - Andover Blair Academy The Hudson School Phillips Exeter Academy Buxton School Hun School of Princeton The Pingry School Cambridge School Kent Place School Portsmouth Abbey School of Weston Kent School Rectory School Canterbury School Kimball Union Academy Saddle River Day School Cate School Kiski School Salem Academy Christ the King Prep Lawrenceville School Seton Hall Christchurch School Madeira School Preparatory School Christian Brothers Masters School Shattuck-St. Mary's Academy School Church Farm School McCallie School St. Andrew's School (DE) Concord Academy Mercersburg Academy St. George's School Dana Hall School Middlesex School St. Mark's School Deerfield Academy Montclair Cooperative St. Mary School Delbarton School School St. Paul's School Dublin School Montclair Kimberley Stoneleigh Burnham School Dwight-Englewood School Academy Tabor Academy Ethel Walker School Moorestown Friends Taft School School Far Brook School Morristown-Beard School Thacher School Fryeburg Academy Oak Knoll School Trinity School George School Oratory Prep Wardlaw-Hartridge School Gill St. Bernard's School Peck School West Nottingham Academy Governor's Academy Peddie School White Mountain School
About New Jersey SEEDS
Since its inception in 1992, New Jersey SEEDS has provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students and created a viable path for them to achieve their full potential. SEEDS strives for a world in which young people's initiative, creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic status. To date, 2,000 scholars have benefited from its programs. For more information, visit www.njseeds.org.
New Jersey SEEDS is grateful to the following corporations and foundations for supporting the Scholars and Young Scholars Programs this year: Anonymous; Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Foundation; COACH; Colgate-Palmolive Company; Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; David Mathey Foundation; Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.; Goldman Sachs; Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation; Investors Bank Foundation; J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trust; Jockey Hollow Foundation; John S. Scurci Foundation; Lillian P. Schenk Fund; Lucy and Eleanor S. Upton Charitable Foundation; NASDAQ OMX Group Educational Foundation; Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation; Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation; PNC Foundation; Ralph M. Cestone Foundation; Rivendell Foundation; and Victoria Foundation.
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New Jersey SEEDS
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