FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Tierra Jones, a 9th grader from Franklin High School earned a college scholarship that will enable her to graduate in four years without any debt.

"Tierra completed Give Back’s rigorous application process, which included attending a family information meeting, completing a college cost estimator, an online application, and participated in an in-person interview," Give Back Coordinator Joshua Meekins said.

Jones will have a mentor to help her prepare her for her college career at one of the partner colleges that participates in the program. The colleges include Rowan University, The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, Saint Peter’s University, William Paterson University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

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In order to qualify for the scholarship program, a student must be eligible for the Pell Grant and have a 3.0 GPA. 

Give Back is always looking for volunteer mentors. To find out more about the program you can contact Joshua Meekins at 609.281.5083 or visit

About Giving Something Back

Give Back awards scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who might not otherwise attend college. Pell Grant-eligible students are selected in the ninth grade and mentored throughout high school. After graduation, Give Back scholars attend one of Give Back’s partner universities or colleges in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It is the focus of the organization to help students graduate college in four years, debt free for tuition, fees, or room and board.

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