CAMDEN, NJ — Thirty seniors in the city of Camden were awarded $75,000 in scholarships, the Camden School Foundation (CSF) announced Wednesday. 

“Camden City School District is grateful for its partnership with the Camden School Foundation,” said Superintendent Katrina McCombs. “The foundation has been an important partner in supporting our mission of putting students first and helping our students prepare for college and careers.”

Each student will receive $2,500 in CSF awards, in line with the organization's goal of helping high school seniors in the city who have thrived academically and are in need of additional financial support. The foundation said in a statement that it has awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants in Camden over the past 13 years, including $780,000 in scholarships. 

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“The foundation has always been about the kids," said Jack Taditi, CSF board president. "How can we level the playing field for the students in Camden? Providing scholarships for college expenses helps them pay for things like books and transportation that other scholarships don’t cover. It’s the core of our mission.”

CSF said it will present scholarships during a special photo op June 18.

Ordinarily, they are presented during its annual golf tournament but plans have been changed following the pandemic. 

“As a foundation we are committed to supporting the students in Camden, even more so during these difficult times,” said Dawn Epstein, CSF executive director. “The students deserve recognition even if we can’t have a dinner. We wanted to do something that would commemorate their achievements and celebrate their successes.” 

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