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The College Bound Grant Program



The College Bound Grant Program, established in 1986, addresses the educational needs and aspirations of at-risk youth in grades 6-12 in Abbott School Districts. The grant supports pre-college educational enrichment activities to help ensure completion of secondary school; to increase college admission, retention, and graduation rates of these students; and to encourage the successful pursuit of postsecondary education in the sciences, mathematics, or technology.

For fiscal 2011, the amount of the College Bound Grant allocation was reduced in the state budget to $1.7 million from $3.55 million the previous year. The decrease in the allocation amount limits the number of programs that can receive awards.

Based on the amount and federal matching requirements, the Commission continued funding for only the five programs that are part of the State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program), a federal initiative. For fiscal 2011, these five programs anticipate serving almost 2,000 students.

  • MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    Project SMILE/GEAR UP
    serving 379 students in Trenton
    $200,000.00

  • NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY
    College Bound/GEAR UP
    serving 336 students in Jersey City
    $110,000.00
  • NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark/GEAR UP+
    serving 574 stduents in East Orange / Irvington / Newark
    $630,000.00

  • PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
    SMT College Bound Program/GEAR UP
    serving 292 students in Paterson
    $321,145.00

  • ROWAN UNIVERSITY
    Creating Higher Aspirations and Motivations Project (CHAMP)/GEAR UP
    serving 418 students in Bridgeton / Camden City / Millville / Vineland
    $395,000.00

+ -in the 'Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark' with UMDNJ and Rutgers - Newark

For additional information on this grant program, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (609) 292-2955.


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