The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) is delighted to announce the awarding of four scholarships to three outstanding seniors from Trenton Central High School (TCHS). Through its Pay It Forward Scholarship Program, the AACCNJ has granted a total of $10,000 in student awards, supporting the educational aspirations of these talented individuals.

The AACCNJ’s Pay It Forward Scholarship Program has three funds: The Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc. scholarship, The Athing Mu Scholarship Fund, and the TDI Continuing Education Fund. The three recognize student achievements in academics, athletics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship or interest in business, and investment in continuing education and career advancement.

The Athing Mu Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Trentonian Olympic Gold Medalist and former TCHS track and field standout Athing Mu, was awarded to two students who plan to attend TCNJ and NJIT in the fall. Athing Mu’s incredible accomplishments on the world stage inspire all students, and the AACCNJ is proud to align her name with this scholarship fund.

In partnership with the Ivy League Educational Foundation, Inc., the AACCNJ is dedicated to acknowledging the achievements of local students and providing them with the necessary resources to pursue higher education. The scholarship was awarded to two students attending NJIT and Monmouth University in the fall.

“At the AACCNJ, we realize the value of education as the foundation of a potential pathway to a better and transformational existence in society. Moreover, our organization’s ability to deliver on our financial commitment enables us to contribute to these future leaders’ success,” says Founder and CEO John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM. 

Gene Bouie, AACCNJ’s Training and Development Institute (TDI) Executive Director and Trenton Public School Board member, says, “The high cost of a postsecondary education is a barrier for many students and families. It is truly an honor to assist these amazing Trenton High School graduates for their academic journeys”. Vivian Harmon, Sr. Director at TDI, joined Helen Walker from the Ivy League Educational Foundation to award two scholarships. Gene Bouie presented the Athing Mu Award at this year’s Awards Night. 

The AACCNJ remains steadfast in its mission to support the educational development of the African American community and foster economic empowerment through scholarships, mentorship, and business opportunities. By investing in the future of Trenton’s youth, the AACCNJ continues to impact the community significantly and beyond.

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