The New Jersey Institute of Technology will introduce the Rising Scholars mentoring program this fall to provide guidance in navigating the college experience and paid employment through federal work-study.
According to NJIT, Rising Scholars will support up to 20 students annually, enrolling eligible Newark students first and then inviting other qualified incoming freshmen if space permits.
Students must apply for Rising Scholars and then, once accepted, sign a contract stipulating they maintain good academic standing and eligibility for Federal Work-Study in order to continue in the program in future semesters. The weekly time commitment for participants will be 10 hours for Federal Work-Study and five hours for mentoring activities. Campus jobs will be made available in Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Persistence, Student Life and Residence Life.
“The Rising Scholars program is the most recent effort to build upon NJIT’s deep and close relationship with the city of Newark while serving its students,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement. “Collaborations between NJIT and the city also include the Mayor’s Honors Scholars Program, the NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative, an expansive pre-college program, 60,000+ hours of community service annually, a Smart City program, teacher training, curriculum development and many more educational as well as economic and community development efforts.
“The relationship between NJIT and Newark is one that should be a model for universities and the communities in which they reside,” he added.
For the program’s mentoring component, students will be paired with an NJIT staff member for the entire semester, meeting once every two weeks to discuss academic progress along with issues and concerns that may affect their success at NJIT. They will receive tutoring, one-to-one counseling, tips for effective studying and tools for time management, stress management and more. They will also attend workshops, presentations and group events that promote adjustment to college life.