Scholarships & Mentorships
Supporting ICFNJ and its 14 member institutions is one of the best ways to achieve maximum impact on New Jersey higher education, to create an educated population that will be an asset to the state’s growing economy. The power of your gift ripples exponentially across all 14 campuses to impact tens of thousands of students — making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
There are many examples of how business leaders working with ICFNJ and our member institutions to found scholarships [link to Scholarship & Aid>ICFNJ Scholarships (the Scholarship intro page] that support disciplines of particular interest to an industry. Verizon is one notable partner. In 2018, the company funded programs to use advanced and mobile technology to enhance education at each ICFNJ college. Another partner. Johnson & Johnson’s $880,000 in program funds for 2018-19 also had a direct impact on all 14 member institutions.
But not all ICFNJ partners are major multi-nationals. An ICFNJ trustee and small business owner put it this way: “ICFNJ’s openness to exploring new opportunities will uncover many more ways in which businesses and higher education can work together to benefit students, business, higher education and society”
ICFNJ’s corporate sponsors share the understanding that investing in the state’s students is critical to New Jersey’s economy. Through their investment, our donors reap an important future benefit: a stronger workforce.
One on One: Mentorship
Companies can channel their giving to programs that develop the human capital vital for a particular industry. It is a way to build a strong talent pipeline individual.
But it’s not just about the pocketbook. There are ways to work one-on-one in direct mentorship with students.
Judges at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) hosted by the ICFNJ bear first-hand witness to the scholars in our member institutions. As one recent judge said, “I felt as though I was interacting with the Albert Einsteins of the 21st Century.” In turn, industry leaders share their stories with participants, offering direct testimony and inspiration.