Joel S. Bloom, president of NJIT, and Robert Carr, founder and chairman of the Give Something Back Foundation
Ten students will have the opportunity to pursue a college education at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) at no cost for tuition, fees, room and board, thanks to $200,000 in support from the Give Something Back Foundation (Give Back).
Robert Carr, founder and chairman of Give Back, presented the award at a ceremony today at NJIT’s campus. Give Back is a nonprofit organization providing mentoring and scholarships to students of modest means to help them realize their full potential by achieving a college education.
“NJIT is a distinguished institution that will provide our scholars with a technology-focused education,” said Carr. “We are very proud to partner with NJIT, particularly because its highly regarded reputation with students from underprivileged backgrounds, and it is one of the best values for higher education in the state.”
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the Give Something Back Foundation and know well the impact it will have,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “NJIT has a rich history of successfully educating talented students who are from low-income households, underrepresented populations or are the first generation in their families to attend college. We have been ranked among the top 10 percent nationally of colleges and universities for graduating minority engineers, and we earned a similar designation for computer science recently.”
Bloom added, “With help from generous supporters like the Give Something Back Foundation, we are able to provide the financial and academic support necessary for students to overcome those challenges and reap the rewards of an NJIT degree—nearly three job offers in hand by graduation at salaries that exceed national averages by almost 20 percent. Providing talented students from low-income families with a pathway to educational success can be transformative, not just for the student but for his or her family and generations of those families yet to come.”
Give Back is currently recruiting 9th graders throughout the state to apply to its program, as well as mentors to support accepted students through high school. For more information, visit www.giveback.ngo.
About Give Something Back Foundation
Give Back works with high school administrators and community leaders to select ninth graders who show academic promise and whose family income level qualifies them to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
The goal of Give Back is to help students who may not have considered college an achievable option to get the guidance and financial support they need to complete a college degree in four years, debt free.
Give Back pairs selected students with trained adult mentors who support the students through the challenges of high school years at home and in the classroom, thus preparing them for the rigors of a four-year college education. Mentors help students navigate the process of college admissions and Give Back provides its high school graduates with a scholarship so they can graduate from college with no debt for tuition and fees or room and board at one of its partner universities or colleges.
About Robert Carr
While a student growing up in Lockport, Ill., Carr received a $250 scholarship from a local women’s club that helped him attend the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. Carr was so inspired and appreciative that he vowed then to give back to other college students and has done so through the Give Something Back Foundation.
Carr’s business successes include Heartland Payment Systems, a Fortune 1000 company and one of the largest payment processors in the United States. On April 25, 2016, Global Payments Inc., an Atlanta-based worldwide provider of payment technology services, announced it completed its merger with Heartland. Currently, Carr devotes his time to the Give Something Back Foundation, which was established in 2003 and incorporated in 2006.
Carr is the author of “Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back,” and the upcoming “Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America.”