By: Arianna Adan, Writer, Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern
DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Jaws Youth Playbook, the foundation run by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, has donated $10,000 to the School Counts program, which is a scholarship program run by Rowan College of South Jersey’s Cumberland County campus.
This program was created solely for students at RCSJ’s Cumberland campus. It offers full two-year scholarships for RCSJ-Cumberland students who earn four consecutive School Counts certificates from their high school. Nine high schools in the region participate in this program.
“School Counts helps you stay focused on your career path. It’s so nice being able to go to school knowing my tuition is covered, and I can just focus strictly on school,” Siani Feaster-Mason, a School Counts! Scholarship recipient, said in a press release.
School Counts stresses punctuality, dedication, and motivation to achieve certain goals as points of emphasis for participating students. In order to earn a School Counts Certificate, students must complete the following prerequisites:
- Maintain a 95% or higher attendance record
- Accomplish a higher-than-average GPA
- Complete Algebra I
- Graduate from high school on time
“There are lots of people out there who say, ‘it really made a difference in my life’. And that’s important. That’s why I think School Counts! is so critical to this county, and certainly to this institution,” School Counts Advisory Board Chairman Norman Neill added in a release.
You can find more information about the School Counts program here.
After spending more than 15 seasons in the NFL, Ron Jaworski and his wife, Liz, started the Jaws Youth Playbook foundation to support at-risk youth in the greater Philadelphia area.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.