The Chad Scholars Program (CSP) provides scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in the Greater Newark Metropolitan Area. CSP consists of two components:
1.) Financial Assistance. Students will be eligible to receive a four-year $10,000 award, payable in four annual installments of $2,500. Scholarship funds can be used for such educational purposes as tuition assistance, text books, and room and board.
2.) Mentorship. Each Chad Scholar will be assigned a mentor selected from a pool of professionals, including alumni from the Chad School and Chad Science Academy. Chad Scholars will have an opportunity to enjoy the support of frequent contact with their mentors throughout the year.
Since the Scholars Program inception in 2010, the Foundation has awarded over $320,000 in scholarships to local college-bound seniors. Chad’s financial assistance has made it possible for outstanding Newark-area students to attend such colleges and universities as Boston College, Howard University, University of Virginia, the Rutgers College of Engineering, and Syracuse University. The Foundation also provides Scholars with mentors and assistance in finding summer internships aligned with their career aspirations.
The Chad School Foundation held its 2019 Chad Scholars Awards before a packed house of nearly 200 supporters on May 22nd at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. The theme for this year was, “Cultivating Community-Driven Leadership". Chad benefits from a rich history in Newark that began in the late 1960’s when community members defied the odds and created an educational movement based in cultural education. Our 50 years of impact has positioned Chad as a recognized convener of efforts to improve education outcomes. Chad’s example of community-driven leadership embodies every Newarker’s capacity for collective community action. Since 2010, The Chad School Foundation has awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to Newark area college bound students.
The 2019 Chad Scholars: Atinuke Adejube from Central High School will attend Montclair State University this fall, Titilayo Afolabi from Science Park High School will attend Rutgers University, Favor Ajuwon from Malcolm X Shabazz High School will attend New Jersey City University, Sierra Etes from Science Park High School will attend Pomona College, Quinlan Jeudy from Eagle Academy For Young Men will attend the University of Rochester, Cyrus Morrell from American History High School will attend Georgetown University, Sijade Nedd from Eagle Academy For Young Men will attend William Peace University, Keomy Noel from Montclair High School will attend Rutgers University, Emmanuel Ogbonnaya from Weequahic High School will attend New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mickiyah Pope from Newark Collegiate Academy will attend Mount Holyoke College, and Erika Recinos from Newark Collegiate Academy will attend Duke University. 2019 also proved to be a highly competitive year, so much so that the Scholarship Committee decided to award twelve scholarship awards instead of the six awarded last year. 2013 Chad Scholar, Brionna Robinson - 2019 Alumna of Rutgers University; 2015 Chad Scholars, Michael Owusu-Baah - 2019 Alumnus of Montclair State University, Cierra Watts - 2019 Alumna of Montclair State University; and Yennifer Hurtado - 2019 Alumna of Montclair State University, were honored for obtaining their bachelor’s degrees from their respective universities.
Several outstanding individuals were also honored for their service in the community of Newark. The Foundation welcomed Mrs. Amina Baraka, former educator and a founding member of the Afrikan Free School, to the 2019 Chad Scholars Awards. Mrs. Baraka received the Distinguished Educator Award for her outstanding work in the field of education.
The Foundation also welcomed Chief Darnell Henry, Chief of Police at the Newark Police Department, to the 2019 Chad Scholars Awards. Chief Henry received the Distinguished Community Servant Award. Chief Henry has served the Newark Police Department for 25 years. Mr. Darrell K. Terry, President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Jersey, received the Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award. As a business leader in Newark and from Newark, Darrell Terry's personal journey, having been born at Newark Beth Israel to now leading the hospital as President and CEO embodies a Newark success story. Michael A. Jordan and Donna Jordan were also honored with the 2019 Chad Legacy Awards, for their service to the community and their unwavering support of The Chad School Foundation.