At UPT, we believe that every graduating high school student should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, the extraordinarily high cost deters urban youth from seriously considering attending college.
Did you know that only 11% of Trenton residents have bachelor’s degrees compared to 43% for all of Mercer County?
With a grant from the Yearley Family Foundation, Urban Promise established the Trustees Scholarship Fund in 2016 to ensure that UPT’s graduates would have the financial support they need to attend accredited 2 or 4-year colleges or reputable trade schools. This fund covers any costs that remain after grants and scholarships, including tuition, room and board, and books. In addition to financial support, the Trustees Scholarship Fund provides access to tutoring so these young scholars can build a strong academic profile. UPT staff also serve as an essential resource as students navigate the transition from high school to college. Students must maintain certain GPAs to continue receiving funding after their first year. The future is bright for these students thanks to the Trustees Scholarship Fund.
Anfry is a first-year student in Rowan University’s Rowan Choice program. In 2017 Anfry became a Street Leader at UrbanPromise Trenton. He worked diligently to build a solid academic foundation and by the time he enrolled last fall, Anfry had developed into an engaged learner. He meets with more tutors than any UPT student on a weekly basis. He earned a 3.9 GPA his first semester in the program. “I was successful last semester at Rowan because UrbanPromise Trenton provided tutoring resources. The staff stuck with me through the semester and made sure that any needs were met, whether academic support, networking support, or snack support.”
Since 2016, educators have been in awe of Sabrina! At Notre Dame High School, she was a fierce advocate for racial justice. At UrbanPromise Trenton, she frequently led by example. Now at LaSalle University, Sabrina, who is a Finance and Marketing major, was selected as an early inductee to the Business Honors Society and has secured a summer internship at KPMG. “From a young age, I wanted to follow my mother’s footsteps in Finance,” explains Sabrina. Sabrina soon discovered that she too had “that same passion for numbers and equations.” The Trustee Scholarship Fund works with Sabrina and her family to nurture her passion and ensure that funding is in place to guarantee a degree in the field.
KEY PROGRAM STATISTICS
- More than $105,000 has been awarded to fifteen students to date.
- Our first awardee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lincoln University in 2021.
- Students attending a 4-year college receive $2,000-$5,500 per year.
- Students attending Mercer County Community College receive $500-$1,500 per year.