NJALL annually awards two scholarships to worthy graduates of New Jersey's adult literacy programs to support their goals in higher education and to help them be better prepared workers, parents and citizens.
The 2023 Scholarships were awarded to:
Danilo C. Attending County College of Morris
Studied for his HS Diploma at the Morris Co. Vocational Schools Adult Ed. Program
Diaine W. Attending Montclair State University
Studied for her HS Diploma at the Essex County College Adult Learning Center
Our scholarships provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and are entirely supported by individual donations. NJALL pays all administrative costs for this program, so all contributions go directly to our scholarship recipients. Many of the students also work full time jobs, support families, and face economic challenges in their struggle to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Three NJALL Awards were presented at the Annual Conference on May 24, 2023 recognizing outstanding contributions in the field.
Barbara Hathaway - Literacy NJ
Teacher of the Year Award
This award is presented to an adult educator who has demonstrated professionalism and exemplary performance teaching adults in basic skills. ESOL, high school completion or developmental education classes.
Barry Semple Lifelong Learning and Leadership Award
This award is for an outstanding individual or group demonstrating responsibility, influence, courage, motivation, inspiration, direction, or guidance, and has made an outstanding contribution to lifelong learning through research, program design and development, publications, effective and innovative use of funds, service to the profession, etc.
Judy Kesin Faherty
NJALL President’s Award
This award celebrates special contributions to adult learning and to the adult learners served.
THE 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WAS HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Full Program Schedule
Wednesday, May 24th
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Plenary Address: Paul Jurmo
Thursday, May 25th
10:00 – 11:00 An Update on Immigration Issues
(Lauren Herman and Ariel Gold)
11:30 – 12:30 Learners as Leaders for Stronger Communities: Renewing
Participatory Learning, Learner Leadership, and U.S. Adult
Foundational Education (Paul Jurmo)
1:00 – 2:00 Data Literacy I (Sherry Ruff)
2:30 – 3:30 Data Literacy II (Bonnie Taylor)
4:00 – 5:00 Design and Implementation of HyFlex Models in Adult
Foundational Education. (David Rosen)
Friday, May 26th
10:00 – 11:00 Instructional Routines for Teaching Numeracy
11:30 – 12:30 Reading Comprehension and Response: Digital Resources
to Add to Your Toolbox (Tamar Samuel-Siegel)
1:00 – 2:00 Teaching Listening Skills (Carol Cochi)
2:30 – 3:30 Learning in Adulthood (Darnelle Richardson)
4:00 – 5:00 An Introduction to Graphic Novels (Erik Jacobson)
Saturday, May 27th
10:00 – 11:00 Student Perspectives (Students)
11:30 – 12:30 Learner Writer Winners
1:00 – 2:00 Writing Projects That Matter (Erik Jacobson)
Kristi Khan, 2019 awardee, and Martha Enriquez, 2021 awardee, thank our donors for supporting the Scholarship Fund.
NJALL annually awards two scholarships to worthy graduates of New Jersey's adult literacy programs to support their goals in higher education and to help them be better prepared workers, parents and citizens, better prepared workers, parents and citizens.
Our scholarships provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and are entirely supported by individual donations. NJALL pays all administrative costs for this program, so all contributions go directly to our scholarship
recipients. Many of the students also work full time jobs, support families, and face economic challenges in their struggle to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
This year we are excited to announce that we are expanding our scholarship program to include $500 Book Grants. Students can use these one-time grants for books, technology, or other costs to support their transition to college. We are hoping to award 5 Book Grants in 2023 in
addition to 2 full scholarship awards.
We are proud to provide this financial support to adult literacy program graduates, who face so many barriers to attaining their college degrees. But beyond the financial support, our amazing scholarship committee provides advice, encouragement, and mentorship to the award recipients
throughout their college careers. Year after year as we celebrate our new recipients, past scholarship winners come back to speak about how much it meant to them to know that this committee, NJALL, and our donors believed in them.
If you are able to give, please visit our PayPal link for online donations or you can send a check to:
NJALL Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 125
Allenhurst, NJ 07711-0125
Kristi Khan, 2019 awardee, and Martha Enriquez, 2021 awardee, encourage eligible adult students to apply for the NJALL Scholarship.
Scholarship winners can receive up to $1000 per semester
for full-time enrollment in higher education (pro-rated for part/time),
To a maximum of $8000,
Plus a Bonus for completing a 2-year or 4-year degree.
Scholarship applications are open to anyone,
Regardless of gender, race, color, religion, age, or disabling condition.
For more information and details on eligibility, go to: www.njall.org
If you support the scholarships, please visit our PayPal link for online donations or you can send a check to:
NJALL Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 125
Allenhurst, NJ 07711-0125
We have invited past winners of the Adult Learner Writing Contest to create videos of themselves reading their work. We are pleased to make the first three available:
Rose Cheng (Poetry)
Cleber de Oliveira dos Santos (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Andrea Serrano (Poetry)
You can find their videos on NJALL's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@njallmail/featured
We invite all past winners to contact us
if they are interested in making their own video at:
DEADLINE EXTENDED - MARCH 31st
NJALL is holding its ninth annual adult learner writing contest. This year we will award cash prizes in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography. All of the winners and selected other submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available from our website in the summer of 2023. Selected winners will be invited to read their work during the NJALL Conference in May 2023. Winners will receive printed copies of the magazine, award certificates and prize checks.
Fiction Non-fiction Memoir Poetry Photography
1st Place - $100 2nd Place - $50 3rd Place - $25
* Eligibility: Adult learners in - adult literacy programs, adult high schools or HS equivilency programs, developmental education programs, English language classes and citizenship classes. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Learners can submit one piece per category, except for poetry. Learners can submit up to five poems for consideration. Learners can send in submissions for multiple categories.
* All submissions must be original and represent the work of the learner - not the work of their teacher or tutor. Teachers/tutors may help with spelling and grammar, but it should be limited in nature. We are using the honor system with regards to this.
* English language learners can get help with translation, but the work should remain their own.
Submissions need to be received by March 17, 2023 at email@example.com
The email should identify the category of the submission.
Submissions should include the learner's name and contact information and the name of the program or school they attend. The submission should also include a two or three sentence self-description of the learner. If the learner wishes to remain anonymous or use a pen-name, this information should be provided when the work is submitted. By entering the contest, the learner agrees to have their piece published in the magazine if it is selected.
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by April 14, 2023.
You can download a copy of the call for submissions and guidelines here.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting as a Reviewer
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please send an email to email@example.com
We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.