Chad Scholars Program

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.   

2019 Chad Scholars Reception

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.