Campus & Community

Access to Opportunity: Stevens to Host Promising Newark High Schoolers in 2016 Summer Program

PSEG Foundation and other support will enable 14 city public school students to attend pre-college courses at the university

(HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY) – A group of high school students from Newark will get to experience life as college students this summer, thanks to a unique partnership between Stevens Institute of Technology, Newark Public Schools and the PSEG Foundation.

The Pre-College Program at Stevens has received a $35,600 grant to allow 14 rising juniors and seniors from Newark Public Schools to attend summer programs at Stevens. Tuition, housing, meal plans and activities are all covered.

Funding for the one-time grant was provided in part by the PSEG Foundation and through other philanthropic funding awarded to the Newark Public Schools.

"PSEG has been a longstanding partner of Stevens and Newark Public Schools throughout the years. We are thrilled to work with them to secure this needed assistance to support Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) education," said Tiffany Onorato, director of pre-college programs at Stevens. "This program will not only expose the students to campus life, it will also offer them a chance to explore a potential career field and college major while working alongside world-renowned faculty experts."

Stevens Pre-College programs provide an inspiring academic environment in fields such as engineering & science, technology, society & the arts and business. Each program is designed to expose students to college and real world experiences through creative, project-driven, hands-on immersions.

"Newark Public Schools is proud to partner with PSEG and Stevens Institute to give our young men and women the opportunity to participate in this rigorous and engaging STEM summer learning program," said Christopher D. Cerf, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools (NPS). "This hands-on experience will help our young people realize their college and career goals, and give them the support they need to follow through on those goals."

"We are committed to enhancing opportunities for students studying STEM subjects in higher education, particularly women and minorities," said Ellen Lambert, President of the PSEG Foundation. "Partnerships like this help establish a pipeline of curious and prepared middle and high school students, ready to pursue STEM fields of study."

"Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to explore their fields of interest and to promote career paths to students who may not have considered these fields before," Onorato said.

This summer’s pre-college programs run in a series of one and two-week long sessions from June 19 through August 5. The programs range from computer science, pre-med science, game design, 3D design/sculpting/printing, innovation & entrepreneurship and business intensive. Students will work on hands-on projects with Stevens industry expert faculty, explore local tourist sites, produce a final project and acquire the skills to strengthen their college applications.

High school students are eligible to apply to Stevens Pre-College Programs. Admission is highly competitive and based on a number of factors including academic achievement, a 500-word essay, extracurricular involvement and recommendation letters.

Stevens Pre-College Programs are held on the campus in Hoboken just minutes away from New York City. Cost and durations of the pre-college programs vary by program. For more information on Stevens Pre-College Programs, visit https://www.stevens.edu/admissions/pre-college-programs.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 290 full-time faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, maritime security, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.