Student/Partner Alliance Joins the Summit Community

Student/Partner Alliance (S/PA), a local non-profit is happy to become a new “resident” of Summit!   Since 1993, S/PA has been helping low-income high school youth in the greater Newark area get a quality education so that they can attend college.  Three Summit residents serve on S/PA’s Board of Trustees and many other Summit residents already support S/PA students financially and as Mentors.

Emmett Daly, President of the Board and Summit resident, and S/PA co-founder Tom Cash, were recently recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as Garden State Seeds of Hope Awardees, for giving teens an “academic leg up” through the scholarship program.

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The schools where S/PA supports students are college-preparatory, nurturing schools, rooted in strong values and community involvement.  In addition to the financial support, each S/PA student is matched with a volunteer ‘mentor’ who has pledged to be that student’s coach or guide throughout high school.  

S/PA has awarded over 1650 scholarships to youth who would have not have been able to afford a quality high school education.  This, in combination with the mentoring aspect of the program, makes Student/Partner Alliance a unique and meaningful way to “give back”.

S/PA continues to recruit new partners, sponsors and mentors in Summit and other nearby towns, to strengthen the amount of support that can be offered NJ inner-city high school students. 

To find out more about S/PA, or to get involved, go to or contact Marianne Busby at or 908-522-0406.