Stockton raises funds for Hammonton High School students

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GALLOWAY - Residents, business people, alumni and others interested in the future of Hammonton are helping The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey raise $100,000 for a new scholarship fund dedicated to students who attend high school in Hammonton, according to a release from Stockton.

“Kramer Hall is an important turning point in Stockton’s commitment to high quality and accessible educational opportunities in Hammonton,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp.

“Stockton’s dedication to Hammonton extends beyond the excellent classes and activities at Kramer Hall. The Richard Stockton College Foundation recently embarked on the Distinctively Stockton Hammonton Proud Scholarship Campaign. This Foundation scholarship is designated for a student who attended either Hammonton High or St. Joseph High. The establishment of the Hammonton Endowed Scholarship is an enhancement of Stockton’s commitment to investing in the education of our students in Hammonton.”

Stockton is an integral part of the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Hammonton, where 550 students take classes at the college’s Kramer Hall each year and dozens of community events are held. Over 770 alumni and 40 faculty members live in Hammonton, too.

More than 85 percent of Stockton students receive financial aid, and those who live in Hammonton and its immediate vicinity would benefit from this new endowment. Last year, over 220 students from Hammonton attended Stockton, and while five of them received scholarships through the College Foundation, many more are in need.

"My holistic liberal arts education at Stockton empowered and shaped me over the last four years to become a successful academic and civically engaged student,” said Giana Milazzo, who graduated in May.

“Interning at Kramer Hall over last summer, I saw that the town really had a positive reception to Stockton and Hammonton truly welcomes and values our presence there,” Milazzo continued.

“It would be wonderful if another student from Hammonton had the financial support to receive the same impactful education and experience as I did."

Located on 30 Front Street in Downtown Hammonton, Kramer Hall, which opened in 2013, is a cornerstone of the town’s renaissance.

Along with the revitalization of the Downtown, Stockton is committed to providing its students with a top-quality education at an affordable cost, including those from the Hammonton area.

Two decades of waning financial support from the federal government and the state of New Jersey, paired with increasing costs associated with exceptional education, are the most significant obstacles to students obtaining their college degrees.

The college plans to raise at least $100,000 in new gifts to create the Hammonton Scholarship Endowment, providing financial aid to students from Hammonton who attend one of the two high schools there. Once the initial goal is met, the endowed scholarship will provide an annual award of approximately $4,000 which will continue in perpetuity.

To display its commitment to Hammonton, and to encourage continued private support, the college would use institutional scholarship funds to match those produced by the fund to provide $8,000 a year for students. Stockton will provide these matching funds for 10 years or until such time that the fund allocation meets or exceeds $8,000. Over time, additional gifts will continue to grow the endowment, increasing the amount of the award(s) and strengthening the impact on the students, said Dr. Philip Ellmore, Chief Development Officer and director of the College Foundation.

“The Kramer Hall instructional site in Hammonton, coupled with scholarship funds, will support students as they work to earn their Stockton degrees in a timely manner, reducing their costs and making their dreams of a college education a reality,” said President Saatkamp.

For more information and to be part of the campaign, click Distinctively Stockton Hammonton Proud or visit www.stockton.edu/hammonton


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