NEWTON, NJ—Two ninth grade Newton High School student have been selected to receive college scholarships through a special program called “Give Something Back.”  Derek Ravshanov and Ryan Sesera are the recipients of the scholarships aimed at encouraging students who give back to get to move ahead.

 “Give Something Back provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant eligible students go to college and graduate in four years, debt-free,” according to their website.

Students must qualify for the Pell Grant and have a B grade point average to be eligible to apply.

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Each student needed to complete Give Back’s rigorous application process, which included attending a family information meeting, completing a College Cost Estimator, completing an online application, and participating in in-person interviews.

The selected high school students will be paired with a mentor who will advise and help prepare them for success at one of Give Back’s New Jersey partner colleges which include:

  • Rowan University,
  • The College of New Jersey,
  • Montclair State University,
  • Saint Peter’s University,
  • William Paterson University, and
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology.

They will have the opportunity to graduate in four years from one of the New Jersey partner colleges without any debt for tuition, fees or room and board.

“Give Something Back” is currently recruiting volunteer mentors for these scholars at Newton High School. If interested contact Joshua Meekins at 609.281.5083.