The scholarship fund raises $100,000; Charter School Students Make Future City | Journal entries

Scholarship fund raises $100,000 at Hoopfest

The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC) raised approximately $100,000 to fund partial tuition assistance scholarships for underprivileged students attending schools in the Archdiocese of Newark during its 18th annual High School Hoopfest in the Roselle Catholic High School gymnasium on January 8.

Approximately 300 spectators attended three exciting games featuring some of New Jersey’s most talented basketball players, with five of the six participating teams representing four Archdiocesan schools: Roselle Catholic, Hudson Catholic Regional High School, Seton Hall Preparatory School, and Union Catholic Regional Highschool. Several players on these teams were themselves SFIC scholarship holders.

In addition to basketball games, the SFIC recognized the academic achievements of a few student-athletes. Players with the highest ratings from all six teams—including the non-archdiocesan Columbia High School team—received a special plaque in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.

Started in 2004, the High School Hoopfest has become a tradition for the SFIC, with many future NBA stars like Kyle Anderson and Karl-Anthony Towns attending over the years. All proceeds from event ticket sales support SFIC scholarships, which benefit children at or below the poverty line regardless of ethnicity, gender, race or religion so that they may attend private or parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. To learn more about SFIC and its scholarships, visit

Union City Charter School Students Create Future City

Led by Grade 5 teacher Kelly Fedynich, students at Unity Charter School in Union City participated in a project-based learning program to imagine, research, design and build the cities of the future.

Future City, the competition students are entering, is a national competition that challenges students to build a city 100 years in the future that solves a problem. The problem this year was to design a city without waste. The Future City team worked hard to design their city, Cambria, build a model, write a 1500 word essay, create a presentation and more. Students competed virtually on Saturday, January 15. As students will tell you, “Cambria citizens are of all ages with a median age of 55 (citizens can live to be 120).”

Cambria is attractive for its many activities such as high-tech sustainable public spaces, coral reef explorations, litter-free cultural gardens, litter reuse locations, and boating. Families have several choices on what to do for fun, like going to smart public spaces filled with 3D-printed endangered trees or going to the animal reservation center. Residential, commercial and industrial areas intertwine. Tourism and engineering fuel Cambria’s economy and are the largest industries for residents. Citizens live in homes with capture systems, smart meters, solar windows, energy storage systems and integrated smart home systems. The houses are made with ecological bricks and a layer of rammed earth allowing them to be energy efficient. Each house has a vertical garden and regular gardens that provide food. The variety of plants and crops also creates oxygen and purifies the air. Vertical gardens help insulate buildings and homes from temperature and noise.

NJCU Named Fulbright HSI Leader

New Jersey City University (NJCU) has been named a 2021 Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State, in the inaugural year of this national designation. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognizes the remarkable commitment that select Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. NJCU is one of 35 HSIs nationwide and only four in the state to receive this honor.

Fulbright HSI Leader status was conferred on NJCU and the 34 other HSIs for its demonstrated engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2019-2021 academic years and for promoting Fulbright program opportunities on campus.

The Fulbright Program provides full funding for students of all disciplines to study, research or teach English in 150 countries abroad. To date, 20 NJCU students and alumni have received this award to study in countries such as Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany , Turkey, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos and South Africa. .

This initiative is part of the U.S. Department of State’s long-standing commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion within the Fulbright Program and all of the Bureau’s international exchange programs. The Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative supports the principle that American participants in international exchanges should reflect the diversity of the United States.

NJCU is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with an undergraduate population of 45% Latinx and 21% Black. Additionally, 54% of its undergraduates are first-generation students.

The Fulbright program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The main source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation from the United States Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Jersey City resident receives scholarship

Jersey City resident and Hamilton College junior Obiamaka Nnadika was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the UK this spring.

Nnadika is a junior government student at Hamilton College. She chose Cambridge because it offered her the academic courses that satisfied her academic passions for political philosophy and international politics as well as the extensive library resources to complement her research.

Nnadika will be part of the Department of Human, Social and Political Sciences. which will deepen his understanding of the different political frameworks and nuances involved in the politics of international relations. She is interested in the history of political thought from 1700 to 1890 and in international relations: international conflict, order and justice.

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides grants of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students for college study or internships at the career-oriented foreigner. These international exchanges aim to prepare American students to take on roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Students earn academic honors

Jasmine Jonson of Jersey City has been named to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester.

The following Jersey City residents are now graduates of the University of the Cumberlands: Kowsik Dondapati, Jasman Singh Pall, Sravankumar Reddy Tangella, Namita Pandita, Nishant Naresh Shah, Mihir Talsania, Dipen Vijaykumar Patel, Vinod kumar Challagundla, Sai Srujan Gutlapalli, Ketan Gupta, Naveen Ravindran Thevar, Neelkumar Brahmbhatt, Nishchay Wadhwa.

Catherine Gregory and Steven Beck of Jersey City have been named to the Fall 2021 Deans List at Nazareth College.

Southern New Hampshire University congratulates the following students on being named to the Fall 2021 President’s List: Kaydiane Jones, Eric Levine, David Morales, Nicholas Preston Ocansey, Tatiana Davis, Gelssy Toatley, and Latish Banks of Jersey City.

Jersey City’s Saverio Kaufman has been named to Bucknell University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year.

Ariana Weeks and Aroon Kalladeen of Jersey City have been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Fall 2021 Deans’ List.

Jersey City’s Carlos Pepin has been named to the Dean’s List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) for the fall 2021 semester.

Springfield College has named Yvan Abis of Jersey City to the Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester.

Jersey City’s Faiza Khania has been named to the honors list for the fall 2021 semester at Mercy College of Ohio.

Sharon Pena of Jersey City has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at American International College (AIC).

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