Young Scholars Program Eligibility

Qualified candidates for the Young Scholars Program of NJ SEEDS must live in Greater Newark (Newark, Irvington, Orange or East Orange) and be enrolled in the 4th grade or 5th grade at the time that they complete an application. These students must demonstrate strong academic skills and potential, as well as financial need.

Our Admissions Committee will carefully review school reports, including behavioral assessments, standardized test scores, student writing samples and overall student achievement. Finalists will be interviewed with a parent or guardian. The final selection of 25 students for the Young Scholars Program is made each spring.

Like all SEEDS programs, the Young Scholars Program is open to high-achieving, low-income students. Families with incomes above our cap may request that New Jersey SEEDS review their application on an individual basis.

  Household Size Annual Income  
  Up to 4…………………. $70,000 or below  
  5………………………………… $75,000 or below  
  6………………………………… $80,000 or below  

                                                       For each additional dependent, add $5,000.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents residing in the state of New Jersey. A Social Security number or Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551, aka Green Card) will be required for verification.

All SEEDS programs are free of charge to participants.