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2020 SPU Fox Scholar Chintal Shah
2020 SPU Fox Scholar Gineen Abuali with Mentor Joan Quigley
2018 TCNJ Fox Scholars with Mentors and Fox family members
2020 TCNJ Fox Scholar Kathy Dobrow with Treasurer Muoio and Deputy Treasurer Cathy Brennan
2019 TCNJ Fox Scholar Juan Carlos Belmonte with Mentor Diane Scaccetti
2020 TCNJ Fox Scholar David McMillan
Mentor Danielle Alpert with 2018 TCNJ Fox Scholar Corinne Winters
Mentor Kevin Hagan with 2019 TCNJ Fox Scholar Sarah Estok
Mentor Danielle Alpert with 2019 TCNJ Fox Scholar Deisha Inniss
2019 TCNJ Fox Scholars
Governor Phil Murphy with 2020 SPU Fox Scholars Gineen Abuali (l) and Barbara Bazemore
Mentor Kevin Hagan with 2018 TCNJ Fox Scholar Daniel Nason
Mentor Kay Elizabeth Li Causi with 2019 TCNJ Fox Scholar Rachel Smith
Mentor Doug Hritz with 2019 TCNJ Fox Scholar Rosemary Nivar
Building bridges for college students to explore careers in public service, public policy, and politics through mentorship, paid internships,
and access to Networking opportunities.
Breaking into the job market can depend on a network of family and friends who can pave the way with career advice and introductions. but many talented youth are at a disadvantage because they lack a helpful network. The mentorship program connects students with mentors and grows networks and opportunities for them.
The Fox Scholars Mentorship Program matches students with politically savvy mentors, who introduce them to the public sector and provide career mentorship and networking opportunities. Students receive a stipend for the one semester program.
The College of New Jersey (Fox Scholars Mentorship), The Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s University (Fox Scholars Mentorship and Summer Internship), The Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship at Rowan University (Fox Scholars Summer Internship)
Internships are considered crucial for career building. but Because many of these critical opportunities are unpaid, a large portion of interested students simply cannot afford to take one on. This program offers students a scholarship so they don't have to choose between a paid job and exploring a career in public service.
The Fox Scholars Internship Program helps students secure unpaid summer internships in politics, government, or issues advocacy. Students in the internship program receive a scholarship for their summer internship.
The Fox Scholars Program not only seeks to help emerging professionals explore careers in public service, our mentor volunteers are committed to staying a part of their student's professional network beyond their time in the program.
The Fox Scholars Alumni Program comprises students who have completed one of our programs and their mentors. Fox Scholars Program has assisted many scholars in landing their first job and offering to them helpful introductions and job search guidance. All past and current Fox Scholars and mentors are invited to connect at the Fox Scholars Facebook page.
Jamie Fox believed deeply in the higher purpose of government service and in delivering results to the people of New Jersey. The Jamie Fox Scholars Program gives college students concrete ways to explore how they too can make a difference through public service.
How the fox scholars program makes a difference in the lives of aspiring young leaders
Gineen Abuali, SPU, ’21
"My mentor, Joan Quigley, President and CEO of North Hudson Community Action Corp., and former Assemblywoman, (right), took me to Trenton (it was my first time!). We attended Governor Murphy's budget address and a reception, where I met the Governor and First Lady and was able to make multiple professional connections. Many gave me their cards and told me to apply for internships. I was the only visibly Muslim woman in the room, and having the support of the Fox Scholars Program gave me the encouragement to make new connections."
Sandy Rodriguez, SPU ’23
As a political science student, I was learning everything from a textbook. Before I went into the program, I was not a fan of local government. But through my internship in a Jersey City Council office, I fell in love with local government, and I am still in it. In local government you are impacting individuals with a direct benefit. I got to experience it firsthand.
"With the support of the Fox Scholarship Summer Internship Program, my financial burdened was lightened so that I may focus on my studies, while also garnering experience through an unpaid internship with the NJ District 8 campaign."
Cyreelle Cruz, RU, '22
Nancy Rae Pietrobon, TCNJ '18
“I was thinking of working for a nonprofit, but after this experience I realized I could work in government and be a voice for people with disabilities and women. My highlight was watching my mentor Diane Scaccetti, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation, (left), answer questions at a budget hearing. She taught me how you speak is just as important as the content.”
Rosemary Nivar, TCNJ, '19
I came into this program as a civil engineering student with a great interest in politics. My mentor, Doug Hritz, (left), helped me to find the intersectionality between engineering and politics and how to marry them into a career. The program was there for me beyond career advice. Through the program my resume was passed around to key people and departments. This led to an interview that led to a position within the public sector. Today, I still think of my mentor's words as I have recently taken the next step of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at the Bloustein School at Rutgers. engineering and politics.
Daniel Nason, TCNJ '18
I wanted to do something related to policy. Then I learned that all the theories you learn in school are not the driving force for policymaking. Policy has to do with passionate people working diligently and tirelessly for causes they believe in. That’s what Jamie did – I know this because the first thing my mentor Kevin Hagan,(left), asked me to do was research him.
The ability to impact a young person and change the course of their life is a special opportunity. It’s what the Fox Scholars Program is all about and what Jamie did throughout his life and what we all are doing through our partnerships with colleges across New Jersey.
Donations can be mailed or for your convenience made using Pay Pal. The fund is a 501C3 nonprofit and donations are deductible to the extent permitted by law. A receipt will be provided to you for tax filings. No funds will be used to compensate mentors, who are volunteers. Mail donations made to:
The James P. Fox Memorial Fund, Inc., to c/o River Crossing Strategy Group, 128 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
From all of us who are part of The James P. Fox Memorial Fund, thank you!