Students graduating from the city’s 12 high schools secured $9.4 million in scholarship funds, according to a news release issued by the Paterson Public Schools.
School officials said the scholarships were earned by 1,022 students accepted to colleges throughout the U.S.
“These numbers are strong indicators of how well the district is working with students and families,” said superintendent Eileen Shafer in the news release last Friday. “I want to congratulate all of the students who have been accepted into college and have been awarded scholarships based on their hard work.”
Some of the students were accepted to Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Penn State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
School officials did not have a breakdown on the number of students attending two-year and four-year schools. In the last school year, 2017-2018, 58-percent of Paterson graduates enrolled in colleges. Half went to two-year — community colleges — and the other half to four-year schools. New Jersey average is 78-percent.
Shafer also thanked parents, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and principals “who have done everything they can to help prepare our students for college.”