Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Expand the Freedom Scholars program for gifted 8th graders
Tri-County Scholarship Fund is looking for qualified students for its Freedom Scholars program. The Freedom Scholars program is for gifted 8th graders from Morris, Passaic or Sussex counties in New Jersey who want to attend a private high school. So far, eighteen students at De Paul Catholic High School in Wayne, Mary Help of Christians in North Haledon and Paramus Catholic in Paramus are involved. Other accredited private schools in the area are welcome to propose incoming freshmen for the award. Below is a description of the program:
- The program will be called the Freedom Scholars Program and those selected will be known as “Freedom Scholars.” They receive roughly 80% of their tuition if they are accepted into the program. Partner secondary schools present candidates to Tri-County for consideration.
- The program is for 8th grade students of need and promise. Financial need is determined by a common application process. Promise is determined by grades, testing, teacher evaluations and extra-curricular activities. The program is for students with high academic potential (a ‘b’ or better average is the norm). Emphasis is also placed on attendance, homework, participation and general deportment.
- It is an honor to be a Freedom Scholar. Freedom Scholars understand that people who don’t even know them are investing in their education. Parents/guardians are expected to be a key motivational force in their children’s success. Tri-County Scholarship Fund publicizes its Freedom Scholars accomplishments as appropriate.
- Each partner school has a liaison for its Freedom Scholars, and each Freedom Scholar has a mentor who is a senior staff or faculty member. Tutoring is made available to all Freedom Scholars. Special emphasis is also given to college testing preparation and college essay preparation.
- TCSF and the participating schools will each contribute the same amount annually (just under half the tuition cost). It is understood that students’ families will contribute as well. The particulars will be worked out between Tri-County and the school.
- Schools propose candidates to the board of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. Parents of qualifying 8th graders may also propose their children to the schools for consideration.