Wendy’s Donates $10,000 to RCSJ-Cumberland’s ‘School Counts!’ Scholarship Program

By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

VINELAND, N.J. — Rowan College of South Jersey’s “School Counts!” scholarship program has received another donation of $10,000 presented by Rob Rone, the vice president of QSC Restaurants Inc.

School Counts! is operated by the Cumberland County Campus Educational Foundation at RCSJ. Cumberland County residents who obtain four back-to-back School Counts! certificates from their high school are eligible for a scholarship from RCSJ-Cumberland.

“After graduating high school, I was concerned with having my parents take on the financial responsibility of my college education. Because of the tuition free scholarship through School Counts! I was able to lift some of that financial responsibility for them and I’ve had a very successful experience at Cumberland and look forward to continuing my degree in accounting,” Laleshka Rivera, a liberal arts major at RCSJ who received a scholarship through School Counts!, said in a release.

In order to be eligible for a School Counts! scholarship from RCSJ-Cumberland, students must meet the following requirements during their high school careers:

  • Maintain a 95% or higher attendance record
  • Complete Algebra I
  • Graduate on time with an above-average GPA

School Counts! makes it possible for students and their families to ease the financial stress of getting a college degree. After graduating high school, students will be better equipped with discipline, hard work and overall success in college. Overall, this program relieves financial stress for parents, helps students only focus on classes, and shapes each student to become the best version of themselves.

You can find more information about the School Counts! program here.

In addition to this donation, School Counts! has received donations of $10,000 and $25,000 from Jaws Youth Playbook, the foundation started by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, and Cumberland Foundation Board member Lilly Kejzman, respectively, since the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

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.