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Alliance Scholarships

Each year, The Alliance provides two scholarship programs to underscore our deep commitment to positive outcomes.

Congratulations to the 2017 Alliance Scholarship Winners!
Lauren Farbanish

The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools in North Jersey awarded six high school students with disabilities scholarships to support them in their pursuit of a higher education and career training after graduation. CLICK HERE for more on the scholarships and winners.


Connections for the Future Scholarship

$1,000 for a graduating public school senior with disabilities from Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Warren or Sussex County

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS OPEN ONLY TO GRADUATES OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS from the above-mentioned NJ counties.

Stay tuned for our 2018 scholarship application deadlines, coming soon.

Download the Connections for the Future Scholarship Application

Background:

The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey is a non-profit group of more than 30 state-approved private special education schools in Northern and Central New Jersey whose members are committed to great outcomes for students with special needs in New Jersey.

The Alliance supports and empowers educators and advocates who serve students with special needs through education, information support and advocacy. To further the mission of the Alliance, we have established the Connections for the Future Scholarship.

The goal of the Connections for the Future scholarship is to provide financial support and recognition of students with disabilities graduating from a PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM IN NORTH JERSEY as they pursue post-secondary training, education or other opportunities. The scholarship is funded entirely through donations.

The scholarship encourages continuing education and training, increased independence and goal setting, and promotes community integration and the use of local resources and supports.

The scholarship will:

  • Provide financial support to graduates with disabilities (IEP or 504) so that they may pursue post-secondary education, training, and other life-enhancing opportunities;
  • Encourage students with disabilities and their families to identify community-based supports to help foster the success of the student beyond graduation;
  • Encourage goal setting and planning for the future.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must be currently enrolled in a public high school or charter school in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Union, Sussex, Somerset, or Warren counties, and be scheduled to graduate in 2017.
  2. The student must be receiving special education and/or related services through an IEP or 504 plan in ANY placement.
  3. The student (or designee) must demonstrate that the funds will be used to pursue post-secondary education, internships, or apprenticeship opportunities, including but not limited to special training programs for the pursuit of vocational opportunities, or continuing education. Examples of such programs are art, recreation, film or music programs, 2- or 4-year college courses, trade and vocational schools, physical education programs, or adult day programs. Funds may be used to pay for related transportation costs.
  4. The student (or designee) must demonstrate acceptance into a post-secondary program or a commitment for participation in an internship, externship or mentor arrangement, if applicable.
  5. The student (or designee) must demonstrate that consideration was given to any disability-related accommodations, supports or services needed to be successful in the pursuit of his/her post-secondary goal, and describe how those support needs will be met.
  6. Students must have at least two letters of recommendation, one of which is from a teacher or principal.

Distribution and Use of Funds

Up to 3 scholarships will be awarded, each in amounts up to $1,000 per student. Funds can be used to support the student’s post-secondary goals as they relate to education, training or vocational opportunities.

Appropriate use of scholarship funds includes but is not limited to:

  • Tuition or coursework payments
  • Transportation costs (where none is otherwise available)
  • Tutoring services (when appropriate)
  • Stipends for unpaid internships
  • Assistive technology

NOTE: Funds cannot be used to pay for services or supports that otherwise would be provided at no cost, or to release any individual, company (public or private), state agency or organization from fiscal responsibility to provide accommodations or supports otherwise required by law.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a minimum of a 4-member committee comprised of:

  • One representatives from each Alliance region;
  • An Alliance Board member serving as a non-voting facilitator;
  • One volunteer or scholarship sponsor representative.

Applications will be reviewed for:

  • Completeness
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Appropriate use of funds
  • Compatibility with the goals of the scholarship

Consideration will be given to:

  • Nature of student challenges
  • Student achievements and accomplishments
  • Student goals and the appropriateness of post-secondary program in meeting those goals

Joe Gorga Transition to Adult Life Scholarship

$500 to $1,000 for a graduating Alliance member school senior

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS OPEN ONLY TO GRADUATES OF ALLIANCE MEMBER SCHOOLS

Stay tuned for our 2018 scholarship application deadlines, coming soon.

Download the Joe Gorga Transition to Adult Life Scholarship Application

Background:

The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey is a group of more than 30 state-approved private special education schools in Northern and Central New Jersey whose members are committed to great outcomes for students with special needs in New Jersey. The Alliance supports and empowers educators and advocates who serve students with special needs through education, information support and advocacy.

To further the mission of the Alliance, we have created a unique scholarship opportunity for graduates of our member schools: The Joe Gorga Transition to Adult Life Scholarship.

Named for Joseph Gorga, a lifelong advocate for students with disabilities and a leader on the founding board of the Alliance, The Joe Gorga Transition to Adult Life Scholarship provides financial support and recognition of students with disabilities graduating from an Alliance-member school as they pursue ANY post-secondary training, education or other opportunities.  STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE GOING TO COLLEGE.

Scholarship criteria encourages continuing education and training, increased independence and goal setting, and promotes community integration and the use of local resources and supports.

The scholarship will:

  • Provide direct financial support ($500 – $1,000) to each of up to three (3) youth with disabilities so that they may pursue life-enhancing opportunities such as post-secondary education, training, volunteer experiences, or other community-based endeavors.
  • Encourage educators, students and families to identify local, community-based supports to help foster the success of the student beyond graduation;
  • Assist students with disabilities who are graduating from Alliance-member schools to be able to pursue opportunities in the least restrictive setting, and;
  • Encourage goal setting and planning for the future.

Applications will be reviewed by a 4-member committee comprised of representatives from each of the Alliance’s two ASAH regions, and an Alliance board member serving as a non-voting facilitator.

Applications will be reviewed for:

  • Completeness
  • Fulfillment of eligibility criteria
  • Appropriate use of funds
  • Compatibility with the goals of the scholarship

Consideration will be given to:

    Length of time the student was in an Alliance member school;
  • Student achievements and accomplishments;
  • Student goals and the appropriateness of post-secondary plans in meeting those goals; and,
  • Community supports identified by the student as resources.

Eligibility Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: ONE STUDENT APPLICANT PER ALLIANCE MEMBER SCHOOL

  1. The student must be currently enrolled in an Alliance-member school in good standing, and scheduled to graduate by June 30, 2017.
  2. The student (or designee) must demonstrate that the funds will be used to pursue post-secondary life-enhancing opportunities such as education, internships, volunteer experiences or apprenticeship opportunities, including but not limited to special training programs for the pursuit of vocational opportunities, or continuing education. Examples of such programs are art, recreation, film, or music programs; 2- or 4- year college courses (for credit, or audit); trade and vocational schools; physical education programs; adult day programs; or adult support services through DDD or DVRS. Funds may be used to pay for related services and/or transportation costs.
  3. If appropriate, the student (or designee) must demonstrate acceptance into a post- secondary program or a commitment for participation in an internship, volunteer experience, externship or mentor arrangement.
  4. The student (or designee) must demonstrate that consideration was given to any disability-related accommodations, supports or services he/she needs to be successful in the pursuit of his/her post-secondary goal, and describe how those support needs will be met.
  5. If appropriate, the student (or designee) must describe assistive technology needs (e.g., environmental control unit, augmentative communication, A/T modifications).
  6. The student (or designee) must describe community-based resources that can be accessed to help advance his or her post-secondary goals, including but not limited to possible mentors, volunteer opportunities, libraries and clubs, civic activities, etc. For example:
    • A student who plans to pursue training to work with animals could work or volunteer at the local veterinarian’s office or pet grooming shop; or could start a business walking dogs or pet sitting.
    • A student who wants to take coursework to become a writer could volunteer at the local library, volunteer to read to children or to seniors or seek an internship at a local newspaper.
    • A student who plans to pursue work to become a landscaper might volunteer to help the local government or schools with grounds/park maintenance or seek internships or a mentoring opportunity with a local landscaping company.
    • A student interested in a 4-year degree in Ecology might work at the local watershed or volunteer to lead children’s environmental programs at a local park.
    • A student interested in coaching gymnastics or teaching karate may use scholarship funds to pay for karate lessons or gymnastics instruction.