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NJCDC’s College Sendoff is Saturday, August 5th

NJCDC’s College Sendoff is Saturday, August 5th

July 13, 2023

For the past three years, we've held our College Sendoff event virtually over Zoom because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we're excited to announce that this year's event will be held in person at our Rogers Meeting Center! At our 9th Annual College Sendoff on Saturday, August 5th, NJCDC and Paterson Public Schools will come together to honor graduating Paterson high school students who are matriculating to college. These students will be awarded tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships at the event.

In a city where only 14% of adults have earned a bachelor's degree, going to college is especially noteworthy—and important to celebrate. The majority of the students honored will be first-generation college students in just a few short months!

NJCDC serves over 4,000 children, teens, and families daily through our cradle-to-college pipeline of programs and services, which includes a great deal of college-readiness programming—and we're seeing clear results. In recent years, our students have been accepted to Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and many other renowned colleges and universities. We feel it's important to celebrate them and so many others on August 5th.

Our College Sendoff is truly a testament to the hard work of Paterson youth. If you'd like to make a difference in the life of a Paterson student heading to college, please fill out our donation form, make an online gift, or email Through your donation, you'll directly impact the number of college scholarships we're able to give to graduating high school students from Paterson and directly help them on their journey to college—and beyond.

Paterson students starting college this fall who wish to attend our in-person College Sendoff should register online. The first 100 students to sign up will automatically receive at least one scholarship. Students must be in attendance at the event on August 5th to be eligible for a college scholarship.

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