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Rowan University

Robert O. Carr Funds $1.5 Million in Scholarships to Rowan University

Students facing financial challenges, who wish to pursue degrees at Rowan University in Glassboro, now have the opportunity to benefit from the generosity of Robert O. Carr, a internationally celebrated author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Carr, through his organization Give Something Back, recently announced a $1 million donation to Rowan to fund scholarships for low-income students. This latest donation represents the second $1 million donation that Carr has made to the University, and Rowan was the first New Jersey university to benefit from Give Something Back’s generosity. The organization also made a $500,000 donation to one of the University’s community college partners, Rowan College at Gloucester County, to fund similar scholarships there.

“We deeply thank Mr. Carr for his vision and commitment to higher education and improving the lives of students and families for generations to come,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “Rowan and its students owe a huge thank you to Mr. Carr and Give Something Back, whose goals of increasing access to an affordable, quality education align with those of the University.”

Give Something Back scholars are lower-income (Pell Grant eligible), academically driven students who have faced adversity. Many are the product of working-class families who live below the poverty line. Most are first-generation college students, and some have incarcerated parents or have grown up in the foster care system.

The organization selects scholarship recipients early—in the ninth grade—in order to prepare them for college. Give Something Back scholars are held accountable for their academics while still in high school. They are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school, take a college preparatory course load, and demonstrate strong character throughout the program.

Since 2003, Give Something Back has made contributions of more than $35 million in scholarships to help more than 1,500 students across seven states. Carr was inspired to help lower-income students make their dream of higher education come true because of his own experience with poverty. A $250 scholarship helped him to attend the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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HipNJ Interviews Author & Medium Teresa St. Francis

HipNJ had the distinct privilege of sitting down for an interview with beloved medium Teresa St. Francis to discuss her new book What Happens The Day After?: Messages From Adolescent Suicides.

The book chronicles Teresa’s experiences getting in touch with adolescents who have tragically committed suicide, and sharing the harrowing conversations that followed. When you look for the book on Amazon, its high ratings and overwhelmingly positive comment section catch your eye – it is clear that this book has been making waves with not only parents of adolescents, but adolescents themselves seem to be finding this book at a tumultuous time in their lives. Amazon describes the book as “an enlightening, unique experience [that] is helpful to parents and students or those seeking answers to what happens after a loved one has passed.”

Actress, comedian and radio hostess Jenny McCarthy wrote the foreword for the book, and continued to praise the book:
“Teresa has written a wonderful book … delivering an unswerving message that speaks with the voice of those teenage kids who took their own lives. They have found a voice in Teresa, who I would call an almost unwitting medium for these kids to once again speak out loud to the living.”

Teresa’s passion for her work is clear not only in her writing, but in the very way she talks about the book and the peace she hopes it can bring to her readers.
Check out our interview with Teresa below!

100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die

“100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die” Book Launch

On Tuesday, August 15th, Newark’s official Glambassador Lauren Craig hosted the launch party at the Newark Museum for her newly published book 100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die (Reedy Press, $15.98). Through this book, Lauren’s goal was to highlight the cuisine, art, history, and culture of the City of Newark to show tourists and natives alike what the city has to offer.

100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal tour guide to New Jersey’s largest city. This comprehensive (and family-friendly) listing of 100 amazing ideas will immerse you in the best of Newark cuisine, art, history and culture.

“As Newark’s Glambassador, I am so excited to be able to shine a light on the beauty, culture, and warmth that is Newark, New Jersey,” says Lauren. “It’s time to change the narrative about Newark! This city is the hidden jewel of the East Coast, and 100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal key to the city.”

This book is the latest achievement in a long list of accomplishments by the Newark powerhouse. Lauren, also known as “In a Word Fab”, is a writer, marketer, media personality. Crowned as Newark’s Glambassador by the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Lauren writes travel blogs for NewarkHappening.com and contributes content to media outlets like MTV and Ebony while acting as Marketing Manager for Newark Arts. After practicing law for 10 years, Lauren retired to pursue her passions full-time and now lives a life filled with creativity, yoga, and happiness.

The event was sponsored by the City of Newark, the Newark Museum, Newark Happening, Newark Arts, and Reedy Press.
A-list attendees included Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark; Karin Aaron, President and CEO of the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director of Newark Arts and Steve Kern, Director and CEO of Newark Museum.

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