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 $260,000 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 Fifth Annual Chad Scholars Awards Reception was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm at the Crystal Room located in the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark. Our theme this year, "Building Educational Wealth", celebrated the contributions of those who further the Chad legacy. This year’s event was a great success – $60,000 in scholarships was awarded in support of local students. This event reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to supporting young people with scholarships.
The 2017 Chad Scholars Awards Recipients were:
In addition to announcing Chad’s 2017 scholarship recipients, The Chad School Foundation honored five outstanding individuals for their service in the Newark community:
Dr. Kia Grundy; Trinity Pediatrics - for her outstanding role in the field of medicine
The Honorable William D. Payne; former NJ State Assemblyman - for his many years of public service in government and for his unwavering support of the Chad School Foundation
Mr. Preston D. Pinkett III; President & CEO, City National Bank - for his work as a corporate citizen in our community
Mr. Roger Leon; Assistant Superintendent, Newark Public Schools - for his outstanding work in the field of education
Ms. Deborah Smith-Gregory; President, Newark NAACP - for her many years of service in education and in the labor movement.
Since 2010, The Chad School Foundation has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to support Newark area youth. Moreover, the Foundation made a commitment to increase the number of scholarship awards for 2017 so more students could realize their aspirations and fulfill the hope of the Newark community.
Science Park High School
Mariamu Olumbe is a senior at Science Park High School where she is one of the captains of her track and field team, a member of the prom committee as well as a member of the Newark Student Leadership Union. She has worked and volunteered at Beth Israel Hospital in the maternity ward, specifically in the mother/baby unit, where she developed her interest in gynecology. Mariamu will receive her high school diploma from Science Park High School and will attend Howard University in the fall of 2017 as an undergraduate biology major
Weequahic High School
Prince Henry Abruquah is a senior at Weequahic High School, and will proudly be graduating as the class of 2017’s salutatorian. In the fall of 2017 he will be attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and will major in Biological Sciences-Cellular Biology. Prince is a member of the Student Council, Yearbook Committee, and the Film Club at Weequahic. He splits his time volunteering as an assistant to the Weequahic Alumni office, and at the Weequahic Branch Library. He aspires to become a Physician, establishing clinics in impoverished areas across the globe
Bard High School Early College
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Renee Onque is a senior at Bard High School Early College-Newark. She will be graduating as the Salutatorian for the class of 2017. She is the school-wide President, a member of the National Honors Society, and a Student Ambassador. She also participates in the BAO ASCEND program which is a program for young women and men that participate in community service for the Newark community. Renee hopes to become a Photo Journalist. After receiving her high school diploma and associate arts degree upon graduation, she will study Mass Communications with a minor in English at the Lincoln University of Pennyslvania
North Star Academy
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Ryan Welch is a senior at North Star Academy College Preparatory High School Washington Park Campus. He is a member of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, where he helps other students in honor society plan events for the school such as Community Service Days and Pep Rallies. He has been a member of his track team since the founding of the team in his freshman year of high school. He is one of the captains on the team. After receiving his diploma from North Star, Ryan plans to attend New Jersey Institute of Technology in the fall, to major in Civil Engineering and or Computer Science.
University High School
Sabbathina Agyei will be graduating from University High School as the class valedictorian in June. She is the president of the future nurse's club, vice president of the national honor society, captain of the tennis team, and was nominated as the senior of the month. Sabbathina has also participated in community service activities such as, organizing a “penny for pasta” project to help people suffering from leukemia, helping students with one-on-one academic help, writing to sick people, donating socks to the elderly, and donating clothes to the homeless. Giving back to the community is her number one priority; therefore she plans to pursue a career which involves giving back to her community. Sabbathina will be attending Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the fall and plans to major in civil engineering. She hopes to become a civil engineer.
University High School
Tiiera Broxton is a senior at University High School where she is a member of the sister to sister mentoring club, band dance, tennis team, fashion club as well as Stand and Deliver. She has been actively participating in the Seton Hall Upward Bound program where she learns various things surrounding the STEM field. Tiiera would like to be a child psychologist. She will receive a high school diploma from University High School and will attend Rutgers University Newark in the fall. Tiiera does not aspire to leave her city, but rather plans to use her education to give back and motivate others.