Higher Education as the
Normal Next Step!

Commitment to Higher Education

2/4 Year College | Vocational School | Career Readiness | Adult Continuing Education

Are you a student with aspirations of attending college or pursuing a technical school? At the Smith Family Foundation, we believe in investing in your future, which is why we offer game-changing scholarships designed to make your dreams a reality. Our scholarships cater to a range of needs, including $500 and $1,000 awards specifically for vo-tech students, as well as collegiate scholarships that span from $500 to $5,000. We also have a special opportunity for adults seeking to pursue a trade.

Applications are open. Apply Today!

#IAMTHECHANGE is pleased to offer this step-by-step guide to the college application process.


Congratulations to Our 2023 Graduates

Emani Wilson
The College of New Jersey
Major: Political Science, Minor: Social Justice
Nabia Evans
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Major: Exercise Science, Minor: Psychology
Nelly Sanchez
The College of New Jersey
Major: Interactive Multimedia, Minor: Communications
Mariyah Finney
East Stroudsburg University of PA
Major: Graphic Design
Jose Estevez
The College of Jersey
Major: Psychology
Mea Thomas
Bloomfield College
Major: Game Design & Game Programming
Jhaira Morris
University of Tampa
Major: Communications, Minor: Film & Media
Maya Horne
Neumann University
Major: Social Work

Supporting Our Interns

The Smith Family Foundation's 500@100 I Am the Change Movement empowers our community through collective support. We ask ten people to donate $100, who then ask ten more people, creating a chain reaction. Our goal is 500 committed individuals empowering youth. Funds raised supplement non-paid internships, providing valuable experience, promoting local careers, and supporting local businesses.

Join us to make a difference and create a brighter future for our youth and community.

donate today!

Pathways to Student Success

Pathways to Student Success follows our #IAMTHECHANGE Scholarship Award Winners through their educational career. We provide them with ongoing financial, academic and social-emotional support to increase the probability of matriculating through their college career.

During our four years of support, it is our aim to place each scholar in a paid internship to ensure that they are afforded the opportunity to gain the experience and skills that they need throughout their educational aspirations to help maximize their potential, prepare them for career readiness, and become lifelong learners.


The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey is committed to supporting Higher Education as a Normal Next Step for youth. The staff and trustees of the Smith Family Foundation NJ welcomes applications from high school seniors who are determined to be the change they want to see in their communities.

Successful applicants will be making the transition into a 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational school, have performed a minimum of 10 hours of community service, and agree to participate in our leadership development program: Pathways to Student Success, for the duration of their academic career.

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