“Higher Education as the Normal Next Step”

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The Smith Family Foundation Of New Jersey is focused on programing that directly impacts College & Career Readiness for Trentonians. We believe that all Trentonians have a right to be educated and that education will promote a stimulus in the city in a variety of ways. We attest that Higher education as the normal next step is our goal with an emphasis on college and increased career/vocational awareness.

Our CORE VALUES

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EDUCATION

We believe in helping our students thrive in academic excellence by providing funding and resources for each one to be successful as they change expectations of what is normal in their community.

CULTIVATION

Our aim is to cultivate youth leaders in their schools and home communities. We promote higher education into 4-year institutions and encourage students to consider community colleges and trade school.

TRANSFORMATION

We seek to help transform systems of oppression by creating opportunities for urban students in education. We accomplish this by provide scholarships, academic support and career advancement internship opportunities throughout their college careers.
our plan of support

INITIATIVES

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Pathways to Student Success

This bridge program supports our #IAMTHE CHANGE Scholarship award winners through undergraduate and trade school. Each student is provided individualized support including ongoing financial, academic, summer internships and career counseling support to help maximize their full potential and prepare them to transition into adulthood. It is the aim of Pathways to Student Success to encourage Trentonians to return to the city after graduating to build a community of young professionals committed to seeing Trenton THRIVE!

Welcome Home Freshmen

In 2017 SFFNJ started the Welcome Home Freshmen event designed to celebrate our young Trentonians returning home from their first year of college. Along with the Trenton community at large, we show them that we are proud and that we will continue to support them though their journey to make higher education the normal next step! Further, our returning stars are afforded the opportunity to mentor and encourage our high school juniors and seniors in attendance to pursue higher education after graduating!

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College Care Packages

our annual giveaway to help students throughout the City of Trenton and Mercer County transition into higher education. We believe no student should feel alone and should have all the essentials or resources to be successful. Along with our community and corporate sponsors, we set the standard by offering nonperishable items, and other essentials such as refrigerators, microwaves, and laptops to graduating seniors.

Youth Turn Performing Arts Camp

Youth Turn helps young artist learn to express themselves through performing arts. Through our 8-weeks summer program for teens between ages 13-16 artist are exposed to career opportunities in the arts, theory and performance. Additionally, participants learn to write, create sets, and perform original plays.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

The staff and trustees of the Smith Family Foundation Of New Jersey welcomes applications from high school seniors who are determined to be the change they want to see in their communities.

IEP SCHOLARSHIP

Applicant must have an active IEP, a min GPA 2.5 GPA, and completed 10 hrs of community service. Awardees will receive a total of $5,000 split between the fall and spring semester with benchmark requirements met for spring disbursement.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants must be involved in the ministry of their local church congregation, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7, and have completed 10 hours of community service. Awardees will receive a total of $5,000 split between the fall and spring semester with benchmark requirements met for spring disbursement. (For Trenton students only)

TRADE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Each applicant seeking a Trade School Scholarship must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awardees will receive $500 in the fall semester and a College Care Package for fall and spring semesters.

BOOK SCHOLARSHIPS

Each applicant seeking a book scholarship must have a min GPA of 3.0. Awardees will receive $500 in the fall semester and a College Care Package for fall and spring semesters.

SFFNJ & TCHS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Applicant must be a Graduate of Trenton Central High School with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. complete 20 hrs of community service while at Trenton Central High School, and attend a four year post secondary institution. The scholarship will grant one student from a TCHS graduating class a $10,000 scholarship, renewable yearly, for each of the first four years of college.
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Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey Scholarship Application

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