Meet Ruth Rivera, 2018 Scholarship winner. In the winter of 2017, Ruth earned her high school diploma. It was a difficult journey to get there, having moved and changed schools several times and finally dropping out. Ultimately, Ruth found the Literacy New Jersey’s HSE (High School Equivalency) program at the Elizabeth Public Library. The library had always been a comfortable place for her and when she met the HSE teachers she decided to try to get her diploma. This is how she described that time in her life:
“I then met the teachers in the HSE program and they were supportive, positive and convinced me that I could take the test and pass. I’m not sure I believed them at first. But I kept going to class and practicing and I was shown my assessment scores so I found the courage to sign up for the test. I was so nervous! It was challenging because I was working at Wendy’s at the time and I had to find time to study. Also, the library was more than a mile away from my house and I don’t have a car, so getting to class was also challenging. My real motivation was that I wanted to be the first person in my family to earn a high school diploma.”
Download Scholarship Application Here
Be sure to encourage your students/graduates to apply!
Dear Adult Educators and
Adult Education Students,
NJALL Scholarship Application
Is NOW AVAILABLE for
and must be submitted by
April 30, 2019
Are listed on the first page of the Application.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
The 2019 NJALL Scholarship Application will be posted on this website on March 1, 2019. Adult educators, will you encourage your students to apply?
On June 21st, NJALL will again host the Scholarship Award Ceremony and Breakfast to honor the winners of the 2019 NJALL Scholarship. This year, there will be even greater cause for celebration, because our 2014 Scholarship winner, Pasang Schreck, will be graduating from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Encouraged by her teacher, she applied for the 2014 NJALL Scholarship, in which she shared the story of her journey and her dreams for her future. Her application was chosen as one of the winners and Pasang took her next big step, becoming a college student at Brookdale Community College. Because her grades reflected her excellent effort and determination, Pasang was recruited by Georgian Court University (GCU) to enroll in their Nursing Program.
Pasang continues to shine at GCU, so much so that the GCU Meridian Nursing Honor Society selected her for a leadership position as Secretary for this prestigious association. This spring, she will complete her last semester and graduate, enabling her to launch her nursing career and realize her dreams of making a difference in her community. Pasang is truly a star! She will be the first NJALL Scholarship winner to receive the new $1000 bonus awarded to those who earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
If you are an adult student,
you might become the next star!
On June 22, we celebrated our two newest scholarship award winners, Katie Land and Ruth Rivera. Scholarship winners from previous years gave advice to help them keep going as they pursue their goals through higher education. NJALL board members, committee members, winners' family, teachers and supporters, as well as members of the community wish Katie and Ruth well!
Please join us as we award and celebrate our 2018 Scholarship Winners, Katherine Land and Ruth Rivera. The Awards Ceremony and Breakfast will be on June 22 at Mercer County Community College Conference Center, 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550, 9:30-11:30 AM.
2017 Scholarship winners with previous winners and committee
Katherine "Katie" Land is from West Long Branch, NJ. She prepared for her High School Diploma at Brookdale Youth GED and Career Pathways Program and now attends Brookdale Community College.
Ruth Rivera is from Elizabeth, NJ and will attend Union County College. She studied for her High School Diploma with Literacy New Jersey at the Elizabeth Public Library.
COST: ONLY $15.00 per person
Deadline to sign up: June 14, 2018
Please Park in the
Conference Center Parking Lot or West Parking Lot
Driving & public transportation information available at this link.
Scholarships are available for outstanding students who have earned a high school diploma through an adult education program in New Jersey.
Adult educators: Will one of your students/graduates win a 2018 NJALL scholarship? They may not apply unless YOU encourage them to do so. Students can get the application by clicking on the button below. The application is available on March 1, 2018 and must be submitted by April 30, 2018.
Don't let your eligible students/graduates miss the opportunity!
You can also help students by donating to our Scholarship Fund, NJALL has been providing scholarships to selected students since 1992. Each scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for full-time enrollment (pro-rated for part-time) in a higher education program, up to a maximum of $6000 per student.
You can donate on line via our PayPal account, or you can follow this link to get a form with information about sending in a check.
Thank you for your support!