CAMDEN, NJ — Two Camden Academy Charter High School students will shed their burgundy for brown and gold come fall, after they were selected last week as the 2020 recipients of the MHS Lift Scholarship Fund — guaranteeing them both full rides to Rowan University.
Julianna Hilton and Jessica Rodriguez — also members of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County — are the scholarship’s second set of awardees.
Brothers Andy and Brett Levin, who own MHS Lift in Pennsauken, established the scholarship in 2019 after pledging over $200,000.
“I was going to have to look at other schools because of the costs of room and board,” said Rodriguez, 17, who is the 2020 BGCCC Youth of the Year and will compete in the state competition. “I’m grateful for the connections and time management skills I learned through my activities at BGCCC, including basketball, the Smart Girls program, Cooking Club, the STEM Program and Youth of the Year – I know those time management skills will be helpful when I start at Rowan.”
The Levin brothers say the award will help cover classes, as well as books and living costs.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be sending not one, but two students from the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County on to Rowan University this year,” said Brett Levin, Vice President, MHS Lift. “My brother Andy and I are proud supporters of the BGCCC, an organization that provides key support and safety to the youth of Camden. We hope to continue our work with Rowan University to help further the education of outstanding students from the BGCCC, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to pursue their degrees, for many years to come.”
Hilton, 18, said Rowan was among her top choices for schools but considered it somewhat out of reach due to costs.
“Thanks to the MHS Lift Scholarship, a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” she said upon hearing she would receive the scholarship. “I recognize this is a rare opportunity and I plan on showing how you can get a good education living in Camden.”
While Rodriguez plans to study economics, Hilton will be focusing on biological sciences and psychology.