About the Program
Monmouth Future Scholars (MFS) is an academic mentoring program with the goal of increasing the numbers of low-income, first generation students graduating from high school. It is a pre-college bridge program that targets the 6th through 12th grade population of students in Long Branch Public School District. The program partners with the middle school and high school, and provides participants with valuable experiences that will hopefully lead to acceptance to Monmouth University. Its goal is to assist program participants in gaining access to higher education, particularly Monmouth University, and entering a career in the field of education or human services to become agents of social change. Currently, the program has begun mentoring its first cohort of more than 50 students in Spring 2014.
Students will be exposed to various on and off-campus events and will develop positive relationships with mentors from Monmouth University’s Educational Counseling programs enrolled in School Counseling or Student Affairs/College Counseling. Each year of the MFS program will address an important theme necessary for each student to prepare effectively for applying to, and attending Monmouth University. The program aims to engage in social justice and increase access to Monmouth University to prospective students from the City of Long Branch schools who are from under-represented backgrounds.
Each year students are pre-screened at the end of their 5th grade experience and asked to participate while in 6th grade. It is the goal of the program to offer wrap-around support for student participants beginning in 6th grade through high school and into college in the initial year of their undergraduate experience through mentoring on-site in school and educational activities on the Monmouth University campus. Students will get:
- Opportunities to possibly earn early college credits
- Long-term academic mentoring
- Employment opportunities on the university campus
- Assistance with college entrance requirements and exams
- Financial aid application assistance
- An understanding of college culture and student success
This program is a new partnership between the Monmouth University School of Education and the Long Branch Public School district. The goal of this program is to provide advising and activities to help your student consider attending college after they graduate high school. Your child will be advised by graduate students in the school counseling program each year throughout their time as a student in Long Branch Public Schools. They will also be invited to many cultural and educational events at Monmouth University each year, as well to help prepare them for a future in college. Faculty from Monmouth University will also help them apply to college and for scholarships during their final year of high school. So, the program will last as long as they are a student in Long Branch Public Schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to receive free advising and support activities to help them realize the dream of attending college!
We look forward to your child enrolling in this new program! If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator using the information below.
Monmouth University Contact
Dr. Nicole Pulliam
Assistant Professor, Educational Counseling
Middle School Contact
Amy Rock, MA, SAC
Student Assistance Counselor (SAC)
Long Branch Middle School