Contact Information: Tanya Klein News & Media Relations Manager 973-596-3433


WHAT:  In building upon its deep and close relationship with the city in which it resides, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is partnering with the City of Newark and the Newark Public Schools on two new and important initiatives.

The Mayor’s Honors Scholars Program at NJIT will create a pipeline from the Newark Public Schools to NJIT’s prestigious and top-ranked Albert Dorman Honors College (ADHC). Each year, NJIT will work with the Newark Public Schools to select three Mayor’s Honors Scholars for admission to ADHC. These students will receive full scholarships as well as paid internships with the City of Newark during the summer months.

Additionally, the NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative (MSI) will seek to dramatically increase, to a minimum of 600, the number of Newark residents who enroll at NJIT for undergraduate education. Administered on the NJIT campus, and beginning summer 2019 and continuing throughout the academic year, MIS will provide direct mathematics instruction and support to rising 12th-graders and mathematics-certified teachers from Central, Science Park, Technology and Malcolm X. Shabazz High Schools. The program, which will also offer counseling, tutoring and other college preparatory services to students, and mentoring, professional development and research activities to teachers, is designed to strengthen Newark high school students’ mathematics knowledge, skills and preparation for college work, so they are able to succeed as first-semester, first-year college freshmen taking MATH 111 Calculus at NJIT. Newark Public Schools will identify participating students and teachers.  

WHO: NJIT President Joel S. Bloom and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka will officially announce the new initiatives.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Newark City Hall Press Room, 920 Broad Street, Newark, N.J.

WHY: “Math is the foundation for success in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, and STEM is where the greatest career opportunities exist. We will continue to partner with Mayor Baraka and Superintendent León to make math proficiency less of a barrier for Newark students, so they can take advantage of having one of the nation’s leading polytechnic universities right in their own hometown,” NJIT President Joel S. Bloom explained. “In addition to the programmatic aspects of this effort, NJIT will work to assure that none of these students leave our university because of financial need by investing more than $1 million per year to support their success.”

“As a 22-year-educator in Newark Public Schools, I know just how dedicated, talented and motivated our students are to succeed in the classroom and in life. I also know that numbers of them must overcome considerable challenges to gain the high grades they need to in turn achieve their goals in life. This partnership between NJIT, Newark Public Schools and the City will enable many deserving Newark students to gain a pipeline to classes, scholarships and networking that will in turn enable them to attend college and excel. These two initiatives are more than an academic opportunity for our youth — they are an investment in our city’s future,” Mayor Ras J. Baraka said.

BACKGROUND: The Mayor’s Honors Scholars Program and the NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative are the latest collaborations among many between NJIT and the City of Newark, some of which include an expansive pre-college program, 60,000+ hours of community service annually, teacher training, curriculum development and many more educational as well as economic and community development efforts.

CONTACT: Tanya Klein, NJIT News and Media Relations Manager, 973-596-3433, tanya.m.klein@njit.edu


One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.