PATERSON, NJ – City high school students would be eligible for $1,000 per year in scholarships under a proposal unveiled by Gov. Christie on Tuesday.

Paterson is one of 14 cities the governor picked for the program which will provide $1 million to give scholarships to 1,000 students statewide.

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Students would need to be in the top 5 of their classes and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 to qualify for the scholarships, which could be used at New Jersey’s public and private colleges. They also would have to meet income requirements.

The scholarships will be available starting this fall. The other cities that would be covered by the program are Asbury Park, Camden, East Orange, Irvington Township, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Paterson, Plainfield, Roselle and Vineland.