RCGC Announces Mentor and Leadership Program for Minority Students

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A South Jersey college is offering a new program dedicated to providing mentorship and leadership opportunities for minority students in southern New Jersey.

Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) has launched the new Minority Initiative in Leadership and Excellence — or the MILE — Program.

Officials say the new program will focus on providing minority students with transformative learning excursions, one-on-one mentorship opportunities, service projects, leadership development seminars and networking opportunities to help students grow academically and professionally.

"I sense the pride [and] I sense that these students recognize now that they're part of something different and it's good," said Fred Keating, president of RCGC.

"They recognize they're trailblazing, that they're trying to set an example. ... We can only guide and get someone to aspire to succeed and if they do we're successful."

The MILE Program is open to minority students enrolled full-time at RCGC and will accept 15 students each year.

In addition, accepted students will be provided with a $250 book scholarship for the fall and spring semesters of their first two years and their graduation fee will be waived.

Rowan University will also be offering five $1,000 transfer scholarships annually so the students can continue their education.

Related: $1.5 Million Donated to Student Scholarships at Rowan

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