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New Jersey SEEDS-College Scholars Program

  • New Jersey SEEDS-College Scholars Program
  • 494 Broad Street
    Suite 105
  • Newark , NJ 07102
  • 973-642-6422
  • 1994
  • Barbara Crentsil
  • Assistant Director, College Placement
  • 973-642-6422

Program Description

New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges throughout the country. Each year, we have more than 300 students enrolled in our three education programs, and we provide guidance services to some 480 of our more than 1,630 alumni

College Scholars Program (CSP), established in 2007, prepares academically motivated high school students for admission to selective four-year colleges. CsP provides academic enrichment, SAT Preparation, cultural enrichment, leadership retreats, exposure to a variety of top-tier colleges and universities, and assistance with the college admissions and financial aid processes. Currently, approximately 90 students from our partner high schools - Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood), Orange High School (Orange) or Trenton Central High School (Trenton) - participate in this program.

Throughout high school, CSP students participate in enrichment classes held every Saturday during the school year. Each summer, the students attend a residential program held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY).

Success Stories

Diborah Yimer, an alumnus of the NJ SEEDS College Scholars Program came to the United States as a refugee from Ethiopia, with limited English speaking ability at the age of 12. While she was always a hard-working student, she lacked knowledge about how to prepare herself for a collegiate education. Joining the program, as a Freshman in high school, Diborah fully immersed herself in its academic enrichment and tutoring opportunities, college advisement sessions, college tours, college mentoring and financial aid guidance. As a result, Diborah successfully navigated the college, graduating within the top 10 of her high school class, and received scholarships and grants covering the full cost for her to attend Denison University (OH), where she is currently a freshman student.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Other: 27%
  • African American: 43%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 42
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Albright College
  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bucknell University
  • Centenary College
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Colorado College
  • Delaware State University
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham
  • George Washington University
  • Hobart William Smith Colleges
  • Lehigh University
  • Montclair State University
  • Rowan University
  • St John's University-New York
  • Temple University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The University of Tampa
  • University of New Haven

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%