The College Scholars Program is a 17-month education experience designed to prepare and place top-performing, low-income students from eligible public high schools in highly competitive colleges with excellent preparation and sufficient financial aid.
College Scholars is a free program that provides students with:
- Academic coursework
- A comprehensive college search (campus tours, visits from college representatives, counseling, mentoring, and fly-in weekend applications)
- College essay development
- Test preparation
- Personal application support
- Professional financial aid advocacy and assistance
- Life skills for college and beyond
- Guidance during the first two years of college
College Scholars begin academic classes with SEEDS on Saturdays during the spring of their junior year, followed by a three-week summer residency on a college campus (view photos from this summer). College Scholars resume academic classes each Saturday during senior year (fall – spring).
Following graduation from SEEDS and matriculation in college, College Scholars will receive support from SEEDS’ Guidance department, including on-campus support through sophomore year in college.
SEEDS is now recruiting College Scholars! To learn more about our eligibility requirements and admissions process, please visit SEEDS’ Admissions page.
Thanks to AT&T, Barbara and Edward Becker, Capital Group and Union Foundation for supporting the College Scholars Program in FY17.
Select photos on njseeds.org are courtesy of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Note to Candidates for the 2018 program:
All finalist interview decision emails were sent last week. If you have not received an email from New Jersey Scholars Program, please check your spam folder for delivery, then contact the NJSP office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have not received the email. Thank you.
The New Jersey Scholars Program is a tuition-free five-week summer program for students who are residents of New Jersey, United States citizens and rising seniors at the high school level in New Jersey.
Applications are not available online. Each school is permitted to submit up to two applications and the process is coordinated by the Director of Guidance. Applicants write essays, submit a paper written for a class, a letter of recommendation and a transcript of their grades. If selected as a semifinalist, applicants are invited to participate in a group interview with NJSP. The Program selects thirty-nine Scholars from among the semifinalists.
The mission of the New Jersey Scholars Program is to reach out to able and enthusiastic students who come from a broad cross-section of the state’s population. The program creates an intense, interdisciplinary intellectual experience that will change students’ lives by teaching them to think in a new way — relating disciplines instead of dividing them. Scholars participate in lectures and small-group seminars where they actively engage with the disciplines. They also have extensive reading assignments, and pursue research at world class libraries and museums. They write essays and work closely with a faculty member to produce a 10-15 page interdisciplinary research paper. They are also stretched as they hone their creative talents in art, music, writing, drama and public speaking by contributing to an Arts Festival that is thematically related to the Program topic.
The Scholars do not receive grades and the faculty evaluates their work in an interactive fashion. As a result, the Scholars discover the love of learning for its own sake and gain confidence in their intellectual abilities. For many Scholars, the program awakens in them the awareness of their potential to achieve academic excellence and dramatically increases their ambitions for higher learning. There is no program comparable to the New Jersey Scholars Program.
The program topic and faculty change biennially, and over the years, the faculty have been drawn from colleges and universities including Columbia University, Columbia University School of Law, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rutgers University, The Sorbonne (Paris), The University of Bristol (UK), The University of Cape Town, The University of Illinois, The University of Indiana, The University of Jordan, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Vermont.
New Jersey Scholars Program
PO Box 6008
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (609) 620-6106; Fax: (609) 620-6894