By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern
VINELAND, N.J. — Lilly Kejzman, a board member of the Cumberland Foundation, has donated $25,000 to Rowan College of South Jersey-Cumberland’s School Counts! program.
The program provides two-year scholarships to Cumberland County residents who earn four straight School Counts! certificates from one of nine participating high schools in the are. Students attending Rowan College at South Jersey at Cumberland campus are eligible for this scholarship. The program covers the cost of the tuition for a two-year degree. There are several mandatory requirements to be eligible to have access to this opportunity, which include earning an above-average GPA, graduating on time, completing Algebra I, and having at least a 95% attendance in school.
“You don’t fully realize until you face-to-face see that difference in not only the students, the families. People who believe in you by being a donor care about giving students the opportunity to an education,” Kejzman said in a press release. “We really do pull through and we have done things that other colleges look to the Cumberland Foundation to do. There is a lot of heart here.”
After successfully completing the prerequisites the student will receive a certificate upon graduation. School Counts! helps high school students’ lives by motivating them have strong study habits and discipline, which can help shape a student’s future success at the collegiate level.
In addition to Kejzman’s recent donation, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski recently donated $10,000 to the program through the Jaws Youth Playbook foundation. Jaworski, who co-founded the Jaws Youth Playbook foundation with his wife, helps support at-risk youth in the greater Philadelphia area through his foundation. You can find more information about School Counts! here.
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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.