New Jersey SEEDS was founded in 1992 when a small group of innovators confronted the profound lack of opportunity for low-income students in the state’s urban school districts.
Over the past 20 years, 1,762 students have graduated from SEEDS' Scholars, Young Scholars or College Preparatory Programs.
Last year, nearly 700 applications were received for just 150 spots in SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars Programs.
In 2012, the average annual income of a family accepted into the SEEDS program was just under $35,000.
Since 2006, SEEDS has leveraged more than $106.5M in financial aid directly from the independent schools where our students are placed. Each Scholar and Young Scholar can expect to receive between 90 and 100 percent financial aid from their placement school.
In 2012, 100 percent of Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory Program scholars were placed in selective schools or colleges with enough financial aid to allow them to matriculate.
Over the past five years, 99 percent of graduates from all three programs enrolled in college.
Nearly 750 students are served annually through SEEDS' academic and guidance programs, in addition to the more than 1,200 alumni continuing their educations or in the workforce.
It takes $15,000 in contributions to educate a single student in SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars Programs. By the time scholars have finished their education, these contributions will have leveraged more than $300,000 in scholarships.
New Jersey SEEDS has been recognized locally and nationally. Our work in changing lives and building communities has been recognized by the Althea Gibson Foundation, Bank of America, Jersey Cares, Mutual of America, Oprah’s Angel Network, the Partnership in Philanthropy and Rutgers University. In addition, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial health and efficiency of nonprofit organizations, awarded New Jersey SEEDS four stars, its top rating, for four consecutive years. Only 9 percent of organizations rated by Charity Navigator receive at least 4 consecutive 4-star ratings; proof that SEEDS “consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.”
"SEEDS has been a springboard to opportunity and a support system through each new endeavor...When I graduated from NYU, SEEDS was there for me with an introduction to Barclays where I am now an analyst. Because of SEEDS, the world keeps opening up exponentially."
~Ahmad Raza ,
Class of 2004 ,
Western Reserve Academy ,
Class of 2008 ,
New York University ,
Class of 2012