Written for The Argo by Rose Shaw
The First Ospreys Club will be hosting a Foundation Scholarship Workshop in conjunction with the Development & Alumni Relations department on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in F-114 in the academic building to help students complete their Stockton University Foundation Scholarship application.
“[You will] have hands-on time to work on your application alongside staff,” said Rakiatu “Rocky” Mansaray, the President of the First Osprey Club, “This is a great opportunity especially for first-gen [students] to get scholarship money and the process is easy with the support of our initiative”
The Foundation Scholarship Workshop, while designed with first-generation students in mind, is open for all students. The event aims to familiarize students with the scholarship application process and the Stockton University Foundation.
According to Cindy Crager, the Associate Chief Development Officer & Campaign Manager in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the workshop is meant to help students understand scholarship eligibility, why it is important to answer all application questions, and explain why certain questions are asked: “‘why [do] they ask me that’” and to “give a better idea about how scholarships are structured”.
The scholarship opportunities are not based solely on the GPA or financial needs of students. The criteria for scholarship consideration include the application essay, faculty reference letter, volunteerism, campus involvement, and employment. Qualified applicants can earn multiple scholarships.
Cindy also explained that the scholarships come from community partners, local businesses, Foundations, the faculty, and alumni who often “establish scholarships in memory of family”.
The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, made up of faculty members representing each of Stockton’s academic schools, operates under the same values as Stockton University. According to the Stockton University Mission Statement webpage, value is placed on dedicated to providing a high-quality education in an environment that is free from prejudice and discrimination of differences of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, ability or disability.
The Stockton University Foundation is an independent organization incorporated under the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act (N.J.S.A. 15A:1-1 et seq.), whose sole mission is to support the philanthropic needs of Stockton University. With total assets of more than $50 million, the Foundation provides significant assistance to Stockton faculty, staff and students.