Gov. Chris Christie has announced a college scholarship program for economically disadvantaged high-school students.
Christie said Tuesday that the state will set aside $1 million in the upcoming budget for scholarships to top-achieving students in 14 disadvantaged municipalities. Seniors finishing in the top 5 percent of their class will be eligible for grants of up to $1,000 for their freshman year of college.
Eligible students must plan to attend college in New Jersey. Four-year and community-college enrollees are eligible, as are students attending public or private schools.
The 14 qualifying towns are: Asbury Park, Camden, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Plainfield, Roselle, Trenton and Vineland.
Christie referenced the scholarships in his budget address, but announced the eligibility requirements while visiting a Hamilton charter school.