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Economic Impact Report Yields Important News for State

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Should NJ private colleges get public money? New report makes case
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey's Private Colleges

Students Shine at Scholarship Receptions

Undergraduate Research Symposium Reinforces STEM Pipeline

Read abstracts of the exciting research being conducted on New Jersey's independent college and universitiy campuses in the 2017 URS Program Book.  

You will find the  proj
ects are as diverse and interesting as the students who created them.  Each seeks to find a way of making a difference for the individual, community or world.  

New Jersey Higher Education Recognizes Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

NJ Independent Colleges Go to Washington for Higher Education


The Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day serves as the premier policy and advocacy event for private, nonprofit higher educaiton.

It is designed to provide briefings on the most urgent policy issues affecting higher education.

Lyrics for Lucas Foundation Introduces New Scholarship

Lyrics for Lucas Foundation has started a new holiday tradition in memory of Lucas Albert DiGuilio whose unexplained death at 22 months has left the DiGuilio family without answers but not without hope. 
As they work to bring awareness and support to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) through the Lyrics for Lucas Foundation, the DiGuilio’s are also building a lasting legacy for Lucas by introducing a scholarship for students in the 
performing arts.  The annual scholarship will assist an aspiring performer to reach their academic goals while allowing Lucas’ fondness for music to live on and touch countless lives throughout the performer's career.  

Students at 
Westminster Choir College of Rider University will be the first students eligible to compete for the $2500 award. 

(Pictured: DiGuilio Family members Kali, Al and Maria with Gerry Bellotti of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.)

Scholarships Provide Value to Students Beyond Financial Aid

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey focused on the multiple ways scholarships are impacting students.  Linda Bowden, NJ Regional President, PNC Bank, (center) shared how the legacy of Barry Gillman lives on through a memorial scholarship promoting the community spirit of a beloved colleague.  

Panelists (from left) Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, President, Georgian Court University; Diana Blankman, Senior Director U.S. Corporate Giving and Social IMpact, Novo Nordisk; and College of Saint Elizabeth senior, Grace Bailey, Chiemistry Major, portrayed the value of scholarships to the institution, donor and student respectively.  Regina Hartley, Vice President, Human Resources, UPS Information Systems, (far right) served as panel moderator.

Throughout the program scholarships were noted for providing many advantages: creating opportunities, providing recognition, promoting academic potential, offering financial support, enhancing resumes and teaching philanthropy. 

One example of sustained philanthrophy was recognized by ICFNJ in honoring CohnReznick for 25 y
ears of support. ICFNJ is grateful for the support of CohnReznick and the scholarship awards helping students pursuing an accounting degree.  The dialogue reinforced the need for more scholarships and the engagement of donors and students throughout the year to assist in professional development.   


As always, sponsorships allowed ICFNJ to offer this informational program to the community at no charge. 

Annual Spring Dinner Celebrates Independent Higher Education

June 9, 2016 - Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston provided a spectacular backdrop for the Annual Spring Dinner.  Over 200 guests were in attendance to honor retiring Presidents Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary University, and Mr. Sheldon Drucker, Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Both came to their presidencies through years of dedicated service to their respective institutions.  Both leave having impacted the lives of thousands of students who chose their classrooms to realize the dream of a college education.
Students whose lives were impacted through scholarships and grants were on hand to share with donors the impact of their financial assistance as well as their plans for the future.  Mary Riley '16, Centenary University, spoke on behalf of all student recipients by thanking the donors who supported scholarships and assisted in introducing new research opportunities.  Ms. Riley also extended her thanks to the Presidents who drive innovation and foster excellence on their campuses.  Her experience was made better because of Dr. Lewthwaite's consistent support.

The evening included several special highlights. PNC Bank applauded past recipients of the Barry Gillman Scholarship for Humanitarian Service.  These amazing students continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving others and making a difference in the world.

For the past 50 years, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey has worked with legislators toward assuring every student who wants to attend a private college in New Jersey has that opportunity.  The Association continues to advocate for the long-term health of its member institutions while maintaining the high quality of their academic offerings.  Assemblywoman Jasey also presented a proclamation to Dr. Cornacchia congratulating the Association on reach this milestone and for its years of work on behalf of the New Jersey's higher education students.  

The evening concluded with the announcement of a new endowed scholarship to honor 25 years of exemplary work to advance independent higher education by John B. Wilson.  The John B. and Joyce Wilson Silver Anniversary Scholarship will assist students facing financial hardship to gain a chance to realize their college dream at one of our 14 member institutions.  
A special thanks goes out to the sponsors who made it possible to invite students without cost to attend and grow in the development of networking skills.  Every opportunity to engage a student helps them develop the communication and professionalism that will serve them throughout their lives.

Scholarship Receptions Applaud Donors and Empower Students

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Independent College Fund staff also attended events at member colleges and universities.

35th Anniversary of Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) Program

TAG is the cornerstone of New Jersey's undergraduate student financial aid programs.  The program was established to eliminate and reduce cost barriers for State residents so they can attend the New Jersey college or university of their choice.

Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College, along with Centenary Trustees and Students thank Assemblyman John DiMaio (District 23) for his support of theTAG progam.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (District 34) with Caldwell College
president Dr. Nancy Blattner with Caldwell Students & Mascot.

Richard A. Levao, Esq., President of Bloomfield College and Francine Andrea
of Centenary College present a Tuition Aid Grant Certificate of Appreciation to
Senator Steven Oroho (District 24).

Senator Anthony Bucco (District 25) with John B. Wilson of the Association of
Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ).

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (District 7) with Sister Rosemary Jeffries,
President of Georgian Court University.

President Nancy Blattner and grateful students from Caldwell College thank
Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (District 34) for his support of the TAG Program.

President Gaffney of Monmouth University thanks Assemblywoman
Caroline Casagrande (District 11) for her support of the TAG Program.

President Paul Gaffney II thanks Senator Jennifer Beck for her support of the TAG program.
President Gaffney of Monmouth University thanks Senator Jennifer Beck
(District 11) for her support of the TAG program.

President Rozanski of Rider University thanks
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (District 15) 
for her support of the TAG Program

TAG and EOF -- Grateful Graduates


The Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) programs not only enabled thousands of New Jersey students to attend college, but made it possible for them to graduate as well. Those graduates, who are using their degrees to build new lives and new careers, say "thank you" to everyone who makes TAG and EOF possible.