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Newark Teens Earn Full Scholarships To 4 Top Universities

Newark, NJ – A group of teens from a middle school in Newark recently won full scholarships to some of the best colleges in the country: Yale University, Northwestern University, Emory University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Four Gray Bees have been awarded early admission status to the aforementioned colleges through the Quest Bridge National College Match, according to their school, St. Benedict Preparatory School.

The Match Scholarship recipients are: Troi Slade ’22 (Yale University), Geovanni Lopez ’22 (Northwestern University), Jaden Oates ’22 (University of Pennsylvania) and Joseph Jumbo ’22 (Emory University).

Teens are the first to achieve this prestigious achievement since 2016, as well as the largest group of QuestBridge Matching Scholars to represent St. Benedict’s Prep.

The full four-year scholarship covers tuition, room and board, books, and other college-related expenses.

According to school administrators, the highly competitive program, which offers outstanding students from low-income backgrounds entry to some of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, has started with a pool of more than 16,500 applicants. In October, 6,312 seniors, including Slade, Lopez, Oates, Jumbo and Marie-Rosa Jeudy ’22, were named to the finalists for the QuestBridge National College game.

About 1,400 seniors eventually matched up with one of QuestBridge’s 45 partner schools.

Benedict’s prep principals said students at the school benefit from a “one-stop comprehensive university placement program” that includes every aspect of the process, from campus visits to financial assistance.

“More than 90% of Gray Bees enroll in college and go on to higher education at rates well above national averages,” school administrators said. “Graduates also go on to serve in the military, attend trade schools, begin apprenticeships, or go on to a graduate year before college.”

“Given that there are only 1,400 seniors who ultimately match a college, it is unusual to have four QuestBridge Match researchers from one school,” said Didier Jean Baptiste, Dean of the Department of Seniors and College Staff.

“We are very proud of them,” added Jean-Baptiste. “They put in a lot of work to earn this achievement. The college guidance staff are also very grateful to all the teachers who have supported this group. It’s a happy day for the community.”

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