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The Wight Foundation

  • The Wight Foundation
  • 550 Broad Street
    Suite 717
  • Newark, NJ 07102

Program Description

For more than 25 years the Wight Foundation has been providing superior opportunities for young men and women of the Greater Newark New Jersey area to achieve academic excellence and personal development within a boarding school environment. Established in 1986 by Mr. Russell B. Wight, Jr., the Wight Foundation plays an active role in supporting and encouraging scholars to excel in the academic arena in preparation for their college experiences.

The Wight Foundation is a family foundation in every sense of the word, creating a community of trust, commitment and support. Special emphasis is placed on guiding scholars to grow as proactive individuals, to develop leader-ship skills and to explore the world around them. Wight Foundation Scholars are highly motivated students who are bright, goal-oriented and articulate. They possess unlimited potential and the enthusiasm to succeed. They enter college and the professional world prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • 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
  • Parent/family services


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 7%
  • African American: 90%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 100
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 100
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College (4)
  • Bates College (5)
  • Boston College (16)
  • Bucknell University (1)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (8)
  • George Washington University (7)
  • Haverford College (16)
  • Princeton University (8)
  • The College of New Jersey (11)
  • University of Pennsylvania (8)
  • University of Richmond (16)
  • Vassar College (4)
  • Wesleyan University (15)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 82%