SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

July 14, 2011 08:00 ET

College Scholarships Awarded to 34 New Jersey Students

Scholarship Monies Donated by ETS's Employees' Community Action Fund

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Thirty-four worthy and talented New Jersey high school students received monetary college scholarships today from the Employees' Community Action Fund at Educational Testing Service (ETS). The amount of money awarded to the students totaled over $100,000. The students, some accompanied by family, friends, teachers and mentors, were honored today during ceremonies at Lawrenceville-based ETS.

The money came from employee contributions to the 2010 employee giving campaign, ETS Cares, which was designated specifically for this program. The winners were selected from among 250 students across the state who applied. Recipients span twelve counties including: Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Ocean and Union.

Seven students received $5,000 each, and 27 received $2,500 in scholarships. The scholarship monies are paid directly to the college or university to which the students have been accepted. Awards may be applied toward tuition and fees at any two- or four-year educational- or technical-accredited institution in the United States.

"Now, more than ever, students in pursuit of a college education need help," says Kurt Landgraf, ETS President and CEO. "Many students achieve great success during their high school careers, but face hardships that may stand in the way of pursuing higher education. This scholarship program acknowledges those students while providing much needed assistance to make their dreams become reality."

ETS's Scholarship & Recognition Programs (SRP), which annually administer millions of dollars in new and renewable awards for companies, organizations and agencies in the United States and abroad, coordinated notification, recipient selection and management of the effort.

An independent selection committee identified the award recipients based on several factors: academic performance; community involvement and activities; demonstrated leadership; writing samples; academic transcripts; recommendations; and need or hardship defined on the scholarship application. Successful applicants were notified of their award in late April.

In addition to the financial awards, students will be supported by a mentor. The mentors will help students as they navigate through their first year of college. As mentors, approximately 20 ETS volunteers will have the opportunity to significantly impact the lives of these students by imparting their knowledge, experiences and encouragement.

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

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