Record Number of LEAP Students Inducted into Rutgers Scholarship Program

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The program will assure scholarships to Rutgers University if the students maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have an annual attendance record of less than four unexcused absences upon graduation. The program will assure scholarships to Rutgers University if the students maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have an annual attendance record of less than four unexcused absences upon graduation.
CAMDEN, N.J. -

Thursday was a big day for a local charter school as a record number of inner-city students were inducted into a college scholarship program.

On Thursday, December 7th, 672 students from Camden's LEAP Academy Charter School were inducted into the Rutgers Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Program.

The program will assure scholarships to Rutgers University if the students maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have an annual attendance record of less than four unexcused absences upon graduation.

Officials say their hope for the program is to show students from low-income families that access to higher education is possible.

"It's not if I go to college, it's you're going to college," said Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, founder and board chair for LEAP Academy. 

"It's a question of by 12th grade I'm going to college, and so all these families know that their kids can go to college, will go to college, and that they will be here to support them."

The scholarship opportunity is offered to students in kindergarten up to 12th grade, which officials say creates a virtual “pipeline” from birth to college graduation.

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